Pastoral Transition

A seamless pastoral transition occurs when the outgoing pastor is involved in identifying, mentoring and/or commissioning their successor. There is an overlap in time—whether measured in weeks or years—when the outgoing and incoming pastors both serve the congregation prior to the formal handoff of leadership to the incoming pastor.

Lee Kricher’s soon to be released book The Succession Imperative: Principles for Seamless Pastoral Transition focuses on four timeless truths about pastoral transition and includes case studies of seamless pastoral transitions across a number of traditions including Anglican, Assemblies of God, Baptist, Christian & Missionary Alliance, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and non-denominational churches.

VIDEO - “SUCCESSION PRACTICES THAT WORK” - Lee Kricher and Jason Howard - 2019 Future Forward Conference Keynote Message

PRINCIPLES FOR PASTORAL TRANSITION - Key things to consider during pastor-led succession planning

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AT AMPLIFY CHURCH - This document may be helpful as you consider how to more effectively develop young leaders in your church