“Succession = The intentional process of the transfer of leadership, power, and authority from one directional leader to another.” –Dave Travis

Every pastor is an interim pastor.

“Achievement comes to someone when he is able to do great things for himself. Success comes when he empowers followers to do great things with him. Significance comes when he develops leaders to do great things for him. But a legacy is created only when a person puts his organization into the position to do great things without him.” –John Maxwell

1. We’re all aging, and a wise person faces their mortality realistically and thinks well in advance of exiting gracefully.

“It’s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.” –Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee

2. We tend to lose energy and our leadership edge as we age.

3. Older leaders almost always lose the ability to inspire younger people, even though they think they still do.

-The breakthrough ideas to reach the next generation is most likely not going to come from the previous generation.

4. When a healthy transition is made, the one stepping aside has another chapter of meaningful life to live and finds fulfillment in that role.

Pastor Emeritus. Emeritus is actually a Latin word referring to “one who has earned his discharge by faithful service.”

“Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” (1 Timothy 5:17)

“My calling hasn’t changed, but my assignment has.” –Pastor John Hampton

What the post Lead Pastor role could look like:

1) Less speaking from the stage, more teaching from the studio.

2) Less time leading organizationally, more time mentoring individually.

3) Less preaching, more writing.

4) Less being in charge, more being among.

5) Less visibility at Journey, more availability for the Kingdom.

5) Final reason, for the good of the organization.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:3-4)

The rules of passing the baton in a relay race are as follows:

  • The one passing the baton must keep running full steam until the baton is passed.
  • The one receiving the baton must start running before he receives it.
  • Both runners must stay in their lane.
  • The baton must be passed in a timely fashion.
  • If the exchange is handled properly, it’s possible to gain a step in the transition instead of losing a step.
  • Once the baton is exchanged, the one passing the baton does not run alongside the next runner coaching him, but stops, catches his breath and walks across the infield to cheer for the successor at the finish line.

-Churches are filled with and led by people who need a Savior.

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