The senior pastor serves as the visionary catalyst for the local church congregation. Cultural, ethnic, and theological traditions define the pastor’s role, often determining how the pastor plants a church, leads people, and transitions once the pastoral assignment is completed. None of these responsibilities is easy. However, the matter of pastoral succession brings concerns, sensitivities, and challenges that are unique within any discussion of ministerial success. Center of Praise Ministries in Sacramento, California, provides several examples of paradigms, challenges, and mores that one must address when facilitating healthy transition. This article explores how intentional and strategic pastoral succession planning provides a means by which a church develops healthy constructs that facilitate the possibilities of growth and expansion.
Lovelace, P. M. (2014). Planning and Implementing Successful Pastoral Succession. Great Commission Research Journal, 5(2), 257-270. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol5/iss2/8