This last week I had the honor of sitting in on a discussion on pastoral succession and how best to go about the process. Now those of you that attend church with me have nothing to worry about – our pastor has a good ten years left in him! But as good leaders, our elders are starting to have conversation to strategically think about transition. A senior leader from another organization was invited to share his experience.
One piece of the conversation centered on raising up leaders or hiring outsiders. I tend to prefer raising up from within and it goes along with a orientation toward mentoring. I always want to be investing in people that can start their own ministries or do the work that I am currently doing. The Lord in his sovereignty will use me how he uses me and I have nothing to worry about when it comes to self preservation – I should never fear bringing others along and up.
Then I stumbled on this blog post calling for more homegrown leaders. “Many churches will benefit by training and equipping local, homegrown leaders who have specific, lifelong knowledge of their context. What are some things to consider when empowering these homegrown leaders?”
I was hired from outside, but I prefer raising up leaders… what do you think a church should do?