“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.” (I Corinthians 3:10)
The author of the article below, Warren Bird, Ph. D., serves as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, he is an award-winning author or co-author of 27 books for ministry leaders including Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Many helpful suggestion regarding the permanent status of every “interim priest”.
Newspapers rarely run articles titled, “Pastoral succession was so seamless and smooth that church momentum didn’t skip a beat.” They should. Those successions do happen. It’s largely the bad news that makes headlines. The reality is no matter how long you’re at your church, at some point you need to prepare to pass the baton – and there’s help for doing it well.
The book Next: Pastoral Succession that Works by William Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird can help. Leadership Network is also planning a team-based experience, Succession HUB, which can walk you through the details.
View the original article here: http://leadnet.org/infographic-every-pastor-is-an-interim-pastor-even-if-youre-there-30-years/