Ted Haggard is holding his first prayer group meeting after a three-year break from ministry.
Haggard stepped down from his Colorado Springs New Life Church in 2006 after accusations of a homosexual affair.
He said it's been a hard three years but it's time for him to return to spiritual leadership.
"I know some people will hold a grudge for 30 or 40 yea... That's a fact of life," he said. "And I know those are people that will never be in my life again and I regret that."
"It was good for me to go through the Christian hatred of people believing that I was a gay man and hating me so strongly because of it," Haggard continued. "And so because of it, my compassion for the homosexual community has gone up incredibly."
The Colorado Springs Gazette asked current Pastor Brady Boyd at for a comment.
He told the paper, "New Life Church will always be grateful for the many years of dedicated leadership from Ted Haggard and we wish him and his family only the best."
Haggard's decision however, comes a little sooner than his mentors wanted. They think he's moving too fast. Many bloggers agree.
One wrote, "By quitting his five year restoration program, I believe he has spurned the oversight and recovery that God intended for him. When you break with church discipline and set out on your own, God will let you fall."
Still, Haggard insists he's ready to use his story of repentance and forgiveness to help others.
"If they'll give me the grace to earn trust again, I will earn it," he said.