Pastoral Succession is a Family Matter

I was recently on the phone with a pastor that wants to start the process of succession planning. Our time on the phone was another reminder of how personal the issue of succession planning is.

Our call started out like so many others. He and the Executive Pastor gave me the background of the church. They listed some of the issues they think need to be addressed over the next five to seven years. They asked for my initial thoughts and other questions related to how I go about helping churches like theirs. We talked for about 45 minutes before his Executive Pastor had to leave for another appointment.

Once it was just Bob, the Sr. Pastor, on the line I took the opportunity to get a little more personal. I asked a simple question…

“How are you and your wife handling the idea of your eventual retirement?”

The tone completely changed!! The initial part of the call was all about organizational priorities. Now, we were able to start digging into his personal motivations.  Here is a summary of what we talked about:

  • He wants to stay involved with the church after he retires
  • The fear of hurting people by not transitioning well is a significant motivation
  • What will he do next?
  • His wife’s transition is just as important as his
  • He is wondering what their financial future will look like

Succession Planning is bigger than hiring the right person, developing leaders or making sure the organization doesn’t lose momentum.  Don’t get me wrong – these things are important. But in the process of addressing the organizational side of succession planning we must be careful not lose sight of our opportunity to help the retiring leader wrestle through their personal fears and concerns.


 

Learn about this and other important topics involved in Pastoral Succession at our Pastoral Succession Boot Camp coming to Phoenix, AZ, April 21-22.

 

Let me know if there is any way we can serve you in this season. Let’s start a conversation.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Will Heath

Will Heath

Will Heath is a unique voice on the topic of succession planning. He has served the local church for over 20 years in a variety of ways: serving bi-vocationally, as an Executive Pastor and consultant. His ministry and professional background have afforded him rare, front-row access to succession plans at various stages of development and implementation in the business, ministry and nonprofit community in Dallas, TX. In 2010, Will commissioned (and personally funded) a national survey of 600 pastors on the issue of retirement based transitions. In 2012, he began speaking at conferences and consulting with ministry leaders in the area of succession planning. Will joined the Auxano team in 2015. He leads the initiative to help ministries understand how to effectively navigate seasons of leadership transition. Will lives in the booming metropolis of Murphy, TX with his wife Ali and their two girls. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching high jump for their local summer track club, disc golf (RHBH) and volleyball. In 2014, Will had the honor of being selected to serve as a Board Member for Christar, a missions agency that plants churches in the context of least reached people groups.

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100% of Pastors Will Stop Pastoring at Some Point

On April 21-22, Auxano will be leading a Pastoral Succession Boot Camp in Phoenix, AZ. Churches can bring up to five team members for this groundbreaking, full two-day learning experience that will be ministry shaping and a tool-rich environment.

Pastoral Succession Boot Camp

Mountain Park Church

Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day

$1,995 per church (up to 5 team members)

The Succession Boot Camp equips ministry leaders to implement a healthy, wholistic, and effective succession planning strategy. During the two-day workshop, your team will evaluate:

– Four Continuity Factors – In total, your team will assess 23 key organizational areas. The goal of the initial assessment process is to predict the areas that will most likely cause disruption during the transition process. Naming these areas in advance minimizes the likelihood they will cause significant harm.

– Three Process Pathways – There are three primary pathways leaders and churches will use to navigate transition. We will assess key reasons why each is selected and traps to avoid in their implementation. The goal is to follow the pathway that best fits your unique situation.

– Five Essential Signposts – There are five key areas that need to be accounted for as you manage transition. Churches that fail to account for one or more of these areas tend to struggle with the implementation of their transition plan. Knowing these five areas will help ensure a more effective process.

The Boot Camp includes:

  • Two full days of training with your team (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Pastoral Succession Workbook for each team member
  • Customized Pastoral Succession Implementation Plan for your church
  • Training tools for your team
  • Lunches and breaks throughout the Boot Camp
  • One virtual coaching follow-up session for your church

Transportation, lodging, breakfast, and evening meals are NOT included

100% of Boot Camp fee is refundable through March 31, 2020. 25% is non-refundable after April 1, 2020.

Facilitators

Mike Gammill has created a collaborative learning environment that will introduce practical tools designed to help your team effectively steward a season of Pastoral Succession.

And remember, succession planning isn’t the last great thing a leader does. It is the gateway to a leader’s greatest season of influence!

To register, visit this page.

 

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Bob Adams is Auxano's Vision Room Curator. His background includes over 23 years as an associate/executive pastor as well as 8 years as the Lead Consultant for a church design build company. He joined Auxano in 2012.

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comment_post_ID); ?> Great work Bubba! Its exciting to see how God has blessed your faithfulness over your lifetime into remarkable, fruitful, Kingdom expansion! Jesus DID say, "without Me you can do nothing!" (John 15:5). No surprise that He rewards "thick and thin" prayer with great fruitfulness! :)
 
— Mike Taylor
 
comment_post_ID); ?> I loved this presentation. It helped greatly as I organized an Outreach Ministry of The Shepherds Care. Thank you. Esther Callaham Mahgoube Emmanuel Pentecostal Church New Jersey
 
— Esther Mahgoube
 

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