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Succession Planning

May 5, 2017

Every Pastor Is An Interim Pastor


The pastor’s primary role is to do himself/herself out of a job!


The most productive pastors are those who reproduce themselves.


The most successful pastors are those who develop leaders not followers.

From the Moses - Joshua handoff, the David - Solomon handover, to the Jesus’ training of the Twelve, succession planning is both Biblical and essential.


Unfortunately the ‘no plan’ plan of succession has been the most common pattern in the Church.


Benjamin Franklin puts it best - “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”


A God directed succession plan, is a plan for success.



Succession Planning Is Personal Long Before It Becomes Tactical


Mount Pisgah marked a profound shift in Moses’ personal identity as Leader.

Climbing the mountain, his primary identity as Leader was centered on leading Israel into Canaan.


Coming down, his primary focus was preparing Joshua and Israel for the day he would no longer be with them.


A careful look at verses 23-26 reveal this had been something Moses struggled with for quite some time. Deuteronomy 3:23-29



Lord Please Put Someone In Charge!


Numbers 27:12-23 and Deuteronomy 3:23-29 are parallel passages that provide different insights into the same moment.


God confronting Moses with his mortally, Moses responds by asking God for a succession plan:


15 Moses spoke to the Lord. He said, 16 “Lord, you are the God who gives life and breath to all living things. Please put someone in charge of this community. 17 Have that person lead them and take care of them. Then your people won’t be like sheep without a shepherd.”



Every Leader Needs A Succession Plan 


Even though Moses experienced great frustration in leading Israel, this passage spotlights his genuine concern for their well-being. He was concerned more for their future in his absence than his personal legacy. Numbers 27:12-23


Our Primary Focus Is Preparing Future Leaders


We have been seeking God’s Vision, His succession plan, both the now and thirty years from now. The Jesus’ training of the ‘Twelve’ is the succession plan that we follow.


We believe:

  • A discipling culture is the engine for long-term, sustainable mission.

  • The pre-requisite for ministry and mission is a discipleship culture lived-out in a missional context.

  • Discipleship is about imitating Jesus; both becoming like Jesus and doing the things Jesus did.


“If you make disciples, you will always get the church. But, if you try to build the church, you will rarely get disciples.” Mike Breen


Yours in Him,



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