Summary: Outline the importance and the elements of succession planning
Succession Planning in Ministry
Prov. 27:23ff; Eph. 4:11ff.
Essence of Succession
Succession in ministry rests on the principles of Continuity and Progression.
It must be planned – it doesn’t just happen.
Success without a successor is failure.
Succession is the difference between life and death in ministry – it ensures the minister / ministry never dies.
It preserves the ministry.
The leader who does not understand continuity in ministry will not mentor anyone and consequently his ministry will die with him – Prov. 27:23-27.
It is the key to continuity – It breeds continuous life into the ministry.
We have this ministry treasure in earthen vessels – 2 Cor. 4:7ff.
The treasure is eternal but the vessel is not.
The immortality of the treasure must swallow up the mortality of the vessel – 1 Cor. 15.
God has always made the treasure more important than the vessel hence changing the vessel must not change the treasure – 1 Sam. 15:22ff.
You must be Replaceable
What will happen if I’m not there?
Always have an understudy.
Evaluate your competence for the current job – (capabilities, abilities and availability).
The work must go on with or without me.
Follow Jesus’ example; He replaced Himself – Jn.17:6ff; Eph. 4:7-14.
All leaders must be replaceable – Prov. 27:23-27.
Jesus was replaced – Jn. 17; 20:21.
No matter how powerful and anointed you are, you will eventually be replaced.
It is better to be involved in your own replacement; that way you won’t feel dumped and useless and your ego would not be crushed.
Jesus, Abraham, Moses, Isaac and Paul were all involved in their own replacement.
Succession needs mentoring
Generally in mentoring –
There must be mutual consent.
Either party can take the lead.
In succession planning the mentor must take the lead, not the “mentoree”.
This is the scriptural process.
Elijah & Elisha; Paul & Timothy; Jesus & His Disciples; Ananias/Barnabas & Saul.
This is because “Leaders” are called or appointed they don’t just take up positions on their own – Tit. 1:5ff.
Some Scriptural Guidelines
Understand the following;
The distinction between succession with respect to the Kingly & “Prophetic” anointings.
3 dimensions to the anointing in the New & Old Testament.
Priests and Kings
Priests minister to houses / families, while Kings minister to Nations/Cities – Lk. 10:5-9.
After the Church enters into houses it is then called to enter into the city.
No nation can fit into a local church building that’s why Priests were not primarily ordained to minister to the nations but rather to families.