Make a Success of Your Succession

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In this 4 minute session from Leadership Network's 2012 The Nines Conference, Scott Wilson, the senior pastor of The Oaks Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, shares his thankfulness for succeeding his father and his desire to make a good succession for the pastor who will follow him. 

Every leader should consider his eventual successor. To do so, one of the first things to consider is to whom the church belongs. If you start this process with the attitude of a steward and not an owner, you will have a much better time preparing to hand off the ministry.

Read Proverbs 6:6–8. How do you handle your retirement planning? When God asks you to step away from your current position, will you be financially prepared?
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Who's shoulders do you stand on? Which people came before you and trained you, started your ministry, or modeled how to work for the Lord? If you are able, find a way to show them gratitude this week.
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How are you actively engaged in training others to do ministry? Do you have people targeted who show ability in leadership or communication? How can you develop them as leaders?
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"The joy of our life is not that we get to do stuff, but that we get to train others to do it, and to see them do it even better…Train others and say 'these shoulders were made for you.' Succession will cause you to be a success."

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