Authors of the recently released Next: Pastoral Succession That Works say the book was written after discovering that Christian leaders and churches are often looking for resources to help them with the process of finding a successor for the lead pastor, and that most pastors do not have a plan in place.
“The culture has recently shifted. Pastors are both willing to think about their own succession and also are looking for resources to help them, their families, and their boards to wisely handle their preparation,” Warren Bird, research director for the Leadership Network, told The Christian Post.
“We tried to balance the book with a brief biblical foundation that affirms ways good leaders plan ahead, with numerous real-life specific stories, and with solid research.”
Bird wrote the book with William Vanderbloemen, president and CEO of the Vanderbloemen Search Group. Published by BakerBooks in September, Next looks at the specific issues that churches need to examine when planning out a pastoral succession.
In the beginning of the book, the authors stress that planning a succession cannot wait, regardless of the present status of congregational leadership.
“The sobering reality is that the majority of pastors do not have a plan for the inevitable moment when they leave their current church,” wrote Vanderbloemen and Bird.
“In reality, succession is more urgent than you think and probably more important than you have imagined.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post