I recently sat down with William Vanderbloemen of Vanderbloemen search group to talk about succession. William is who helped Mariners through the succession planning, which ultimately led to me coming to Mariners as senior pastor two years ago.
I think the interview is important because I ask some common questions people have asked me since coming to Mariners.
- There is more talk about succession now than any time since I have been in ministry. Why is it such a hot topic now?
- What are some questions you ask the transitioning pastor to gauge if that leader is really ready?
- What characteristics must leaders who move into a succession situation have that perhaps they would not need in a different context?
- You have helped both internal and external successions. I know both can work and have worked. But am curious what are the upsides of each?
Vanderbloemen helps churches through succession, and you can reach out to them here!