Summary: Outline the importance and the elements of succession planning

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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.




Prophets N.T



Ministry Gifts

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.

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