The Importance of Character in Transition

Leadership Network 2013 Succession Online Event

In this 5-minute video from the 2013 Succession Online Event, Joel Virgo, Senior Pastor of Church of Christ the King in the UK, talks about his experience succeeding his father in church leadership and shares how leaders need to have character in order to endure the difficult journey of leadership succession. 

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how it can impact the way you lead and transition. 

Which of Joel’s points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? (Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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Vision. Alignment. Character. These are just a few things that churches need for a successful transition. Character is most important, though. When leaders lead with grace and humility, they are able to endure the difficulty and bless their people during a potentially painful time. As you move forward in succession, pray for God’s Holy Spirit to fill and empower you for godly, humble leadership.

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