Succession Planning in the Church

About the Episode

Will discusses with John the different lenses and steps to begin the process of succession planning in the church. Will goes over the importance of planning in advance, as well as gives advice on how to manage transitions in leadership and other roles.

About Our Guest

Will Heath is a unique voice on the topic of transition management and succession planning and has had front-row access to succession planning at various stages of development and implementation. In 2010, Will commissioned the Barna Group to conduct a national survey of 600 pastors on the issue of retirement based transitions. In 2012, he began speaking at conferences and consulting with ministry leaders in the area of succession planning. Will now leads Auxano’s initiative to help ministries understand how to effectively navigate seasons of leadership transition.

Additional Resources

Want to learn more about Succession Planning? Visit Auxano’s website:

Auxano: Pastoral Succession Planning

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