Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Succession of Leadership

I guess just to followup on my talk from Sunday on the need for church leaders to train the next generation of leadership. We've all heard the cliche about having 3 types of people in your life: a Paul, a Barnabas, and a Timothy. In other words - a mentor; a peer and a "mentee" or "disciple". We of the Boomer generation have to make a concerted effort to prepare the Millenials for leadership service and we need to start now. That means being willing to release our grip on leadership roles - move into a mentoring role and also release the methods of ministry to a new generation. This goes against the grain because some see these new methods as "not the right way to do things".

Two things need to happen: 1) we need to identify potential leaders and 2) be willing to support those leaders when they do things different than we would -- after all we aren't doing things the way our parents did.

Above all tho we need to allow methods to change while remaining true to Scripture -- that is the basis of all ministry: how does it stack up against the Bible. If it does then my advice to my generation is: let it go. If it doesn't we need to provide guidance - pointing to Scripture where the issue deviates and recommend other alternatives.

Its time...

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