Transitions and Leaving Well: Part 1

Episode 783

Host Ed Stetzer meets back up with Lifeway’s Director of Leadership Development Todd Adkins to discuss how you can transition out of your church plant with your congregation’s best interests in mind. Tune in to discover your responsibilities in stewarding your plant’s relationships and systems well as you follow God’s guidance for your life.

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • Why your leadership pipeline matters from the start
  • The best ways to avoid leadership uncertainty in your absence
  • Why your game place for succession is of utmost importance
  • How you can empower your successors in their decision-making skills
  • Your biggest relational concerns as you step away from your church plant

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Sharable Quotes (#NewChurches):

Creating a culture that transitions well means creating one that develops well and intentionally. — Todd Adkins

So much of church planting is connected with you as the planter. It’s very hard to extricate yourself from that. — Ed Stetzer

Take a look at your systems and say, “Hey, are these set up to where somebody can step in and run? Are these are set up in a way that is not completely dependent up on my personality, gifts, and skillset?” — Todd Adkins

You want to be sure that there’s a plan in place because in a leadership vacuum, the person with the loudest voice or the clearest new vision is the guy that gets to pick it up. And we know that’s not always healthy or helpful. — Todd Adkins

There’s always going to be a part of us there as church planters because we helped launch this thing. In many ways, it’s our baby, and whether you planted it or it’s a ministry you started or a software you developed, it’s going to be hard to transition away from it. — Todd Adkins

Published November 2, 2023

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