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While there is no simple, one-size fits all solution to the puzzle of planning for a seamless pastoral succession, there are questions that will help you determine if you are ready for succession. We created the Succession Readiness Tool for just that. Very simple, straightforward questions to help you see where you are in your succession plan.

If you’re ready to start the conversation around succession, 
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Next: Pastoral Succession That Works, Expanded and Updated

Released on April 21, 2020 | Packed with new research, new interviews, and practical solutions, this updated and expanded edition of Next: Pastoral Succession That Works will equip pastors, ministry teams, and Christian organizations to navigate leadership changes with wisdom and grace.

While there is no simple, one-size-fits-all solution to the puzzle of planning for a seamless succession, Next: Pastoral Succession That Works offers church leaders and pastors a guide to asking the right questions in order to plan for the future. William Vanderbloemen, founder of a leading pastoral search firm, and Warren Bird, an award-winning writer and researcher, share insider stories of succession failures and successes in dozens of churches, including some of the nation's most influential. The authors demystify successful pastoral succession and help you prepare for an even brighter future for your ministry. Includes a foreword by John Ortberg and an introduction by Eric Geiger and Kenton Beshore.

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  • "Succession planning isn't something people want to talk about, but it's a looming crisis. NEXT is a unique tool for helping pastors and church boards think through this crucial issue."

    -Rick Warren, Founding Pastor of Saddleback Church

  • "In the Kingdom of God, success equals succession - looking for a successor all the time. NEXT shows pastors how to do that for themselves, and how to model succession for their staff and volunteer leaders."

    -Mark Batterson, Founding Pastor of National Community Church

  • "Wisdom around pastoral succession is one of the great needs of the church today, so it's about time this book showed up. I have already sent a copy to several of the elders at my church."

    -John Ortberg, Pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

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