Is Your Church Succession Ready?
One of the biggest issues facing a majority of churches in North America is pastoral succession. The reality is that every pastor is an interim pastor. Some will be replaced in the future, others will remain until the doors are closed, and some will be relieved of duty when Christ returns. One of the critical questions becomes, “How prepared are you for your inevitable transition?”
A recent survey co-sponsored by Leadership Network asked large churches (weekly attendance of 1,000 and higher): “How would you rate efforts at planning for the senior pastor’s eventual succession from this church, relative to where you feel that planning should be at this point?” A surprising 44% rate their succession preparation as either “poor” or “fair”—the bottom two choices out of five total options. Only 8% picked the top choice of “outstanding.”
This mini-report, brought to you by Vanderbloemen Search Group, explores the current state of succession planning in large churches, as well as offers next steps you can take to improve your own succession preparedness.
You can download the free report here.
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