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Pastoral Succession That Works

by Warren Bird; William Vanderbloemen;

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hese stories of succession failures will help you prepare your church leadership for a brighter more certain future

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Every pastor is an interim pastor. Every church and ministry goes through changes in leadership.

Despite this truth, few churches are planning ahead for the day they will face a transition in leadership, and far too many handoffs in leadership end with a dropped ball. But the outcome doesn't have to be that way.

What if when a pastor moved on, the church knew exactly what to do because a plan and a process had been in place for some time?

While there is no simple, one-size-fits-all solution to the puzzle of planning for a seamless pastoral succession, 'Next' offers church leaders and pastors a guide to asking the right questions in order to plan for the future.

Vanderbloemen, founder of a leading pastoral search firm, and Bird, an award-winning writer and researcher, share insider stories of succession failures and successes in dozens of churches, including some of the nation's most influential. Through case studies, interviews, and real-time research, the authors demystify successful pastoral succession and help you prepare for an even brighter future for your ministry.

When it's time for a new pastor, will your church be ready?

Next by Warren Bird; William Vanderbloemen was published by Baker Publishing Group in September 2014 and is our 63256th best seller. The ISBN for Next is 9780801016479.

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"Succession planning isn't something people want to talk about, but it's a looming crisis. Next is a unique tool for helping pastors and church boards think through this crucial issue." - Rick Warren, founding pastor, Saddleback Church.

"Every pastor will face a transition at their church, and it will be one of their best chances at leaving a legacy. Next is an invaluable tool for securing a transition that works and a legacy that lasts." - Bill Hybels, senior pastor, Willow Creek Community Church.

"Wisdom around pastoral succession is one of the great needs of the church today, so it's about time this book showed up. I have already sent a copy to several of the elders at my church." - from the foreword by John Ortberg, author and pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.

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Page last updated 23rd March 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBaker Publishing Group (September 2014)
Number of Pages224
Thickness20 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4280601
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