Successful Succession

Bill Hybels on Succession

The person who helped him think through the tough questions around this asked –

Do you ever see yourself dying?

The death rate is 100%

Do you see yourself being Senior Pastor till your last day?

Or when you’re walking slow and drooling


Every important matter to do with this needs to be asked.

Who decides?

How long will they have approximately

What role will the pastor have afterwards

How will their contribution be honoured?


Is there an internal successor?

Give this a time frame.

If not..


External successor


18 months transition to new person.


This is a GOOD process! It gives security to the church.  But it’s tough on the pastor and needs to be handled with great sensitivity. Don’t assign a person with low Emotional Intelligence to handle it!


Some senior pastors hang on too long. Leave a great legacy! Trust God to guide you on the journey. Set the church up to be stronger as you go.