Succession Planning Questions From the SBCAL
Over the past few days I have had the priviledge of being a part of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders annual meeting. As is my custom, during one of the breakout sessions I asked the participants to share whatever succession/transition related question they had on their mind. I thought it would be interesting (perhaps helpful?) to share the questions these leaders asked.
Some, I have heard before. Others were new. All are important to grapple with.
- What is the succession process that most likely fails?
- Is the length of the succession plan dependent upon the tenure of the pastor?
- How do you initiate conversations with a pastor preparing for retirement?
- How does a pastor initiate a transition conversation?
- How do I transition from pastor to AMS?
- How soon is too soon? How late is too late?
- Who should be involved in the conversation?
- Are there unique considerations for a founding pastor?
- What issues are unique to non-anglo congregations?
- Should a current pastor have a role in choosing his successor?
- Who initiates the succession conversation?
- How do we reconcile the pastor’s preferred succession plan with the church’s prefered plan?
- How do we do a mid-career overlap?
Which of these questions have you been wrestling with?
What other questions do you have?
For more information about the SBCAL click the link below. This is a wonderful organization.
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