Over the last few years I have been fascinated by the approach of a pretty significant trend in the evangelical world. Over the course of the next decade, we will be seeing a changing of the guard in many churches as the baby-boomers begin to transition out of day to day leadership, and into retirement. We have already heard Bill Hybels and others begin to address the idea of succession planning, and while it will be fascinating to see how this plays out within the mega-church world, the truth is that succession is a part of every church… unless you intend for the church you lead to die.
Navigating succession well requires a great deal of humility, patience, wisdom, courage, and sacrificial love.
It is neither easy to talk about, nor easy to implement.
The process can be incredibly dysfunctional, or it can incredibly healthy.
Whatever it is, it will happen in your church… and the sooner you begin a discussion about it, the better.
This is why I am excited about a project that Leadership Network is working on: Church Leader Succession.
Tomorrow, Leadership Network will be presenting a free,online, conference on leadership succession in the church world. They will be sharing the stories of leaders from churches you have heard of, and some you haven’t. You will hear stories of succession done well, and succession that went poorly. There will be churches that are thriving on the other side of the transition, and those that are currently struggling… it will be a great conversation starter for your church.
Take the time tomorrow and check this out. You can find more details by clicking here.
How is YOUR church talking about succession?