I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is tickets to the 2017 Leadership Pipeline Conference: Succession at Every Level. The Leadership team helped write this post.
Every person in every role in a church serves as interim. Life happens. Someone gets sick, moves away, or gets burned out from being on point every week. True succession planning focuses on leadership reproduction, not replacement.
Imagine it’s Saturday at 8pm and you’re the preschool director at your church. The couple who teaches your 3-year-olds just texted that they have the flu. Whom do you call to teach the 3-year-olds their weekly Bible lesson? Or what if your church is launching your first multi-site campus? You currently have a great parking team, but the new site will meet in a downtown area where parking is limited. Who will lead the parking team at your new site? Or consider that you’ve pastored at the same church for 30 years and are nearing retirement age. However, a sudden medical diagnosis has expedited the plans. Who will fill the pulpit and minister to your congregation?
Whether you lose your senior pastor, your preschool teacher, or the leader of your parking team, not having a succession plan in place can cause significant problems. And things can go from bad to worse quite quickly in those circumstances. Succession planning is not easy and takes time, energy, intention, and resources, but not thinking about succession can result in a lack of clarity about the church’s future, anxiety among key leaders, and the inability to respond to opportunities.
A church that values leadership development and succession:
- Communicates a clear sense of direction
- Prioritizes a commitment to keep things moving forward
- Shows leaders that the church is built on more than one person or a few key individuals
Succession at every level in a ministry is the focus of our next Pipeline conference. Today we are giving 2 winners a ticket to the Leadership Pipeline Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, October 11-13, 2017.
You can also purchase tickets to the Pipeline Conference at myleadershippipeline.com