Succession of Leaders

Series: Developing Leaders
Presenter: Bob Deffinbaugh

The first of five studies on developing leadership succession in the local church.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. What was happening when David delayed in appointing his successor?
Adonijah was working to usurp the throne by force
2. What processes of that day were not being followed that could have helped David develop his successor?
The practice of co-regency where the intended successor works alongside the current king as his apprentice.
3. Where do we read Paul handing over the baton of leadership of the church at Ephesus?
Acts 20

Discuss It

  1. List some of the pitfalls in today's churches where leadership succession is not practiced.
  2. What are the differences between raising a leader and raising a successor?
  3. Why do you think planning for leadership succession is so rare? What do you think are the hindrances to doing it?

Apply It

  1. Contact other churches in your network and ask their leaders what plan or program they have in place for leadership succession.
  2. Ask the current elders/leaders in your church how they were prepared for leadership? Were they mentored? Did those who were leaders before them make it clear that they wanted to be succeeded as leaders/elders?
  3. Identify three individuals that have potential to become your successor, and begin praying for their leadership development, with the goal of someday seeing them step into yours or others' leadership roles.

Digging Deeper

Spiritual Leadership” by J. Oswald Sanders

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