“What can I do or say to the congregation that will help you with your future leadership?” After leading Southeast Christian Church for 40 years, this was the question Bob Russell humbly asked more than once of his successor, Dave Stone. Russell understood that leadership batons drop every day in congregations, businesses, and organizations. And failed transitions come at a cost. In this book, Russell demonstrates that with proper foresight and preparation, a leadership transition can actually strengthen a congregation. He begins the book with the theories and principles of transition. He then shares helpful lessons from research, observation, and 40 years of ministry experience. Russell’s honest approach to what worked - and what didn’t - is informative and practical. This resource offers sage advice for pastors and lay leaders who want to be proactive in their leadership planning. It will be especially helpful to leaders who need to create or refresh a transition strategy. It should be noted that Southeast Christian Church is the sixth largest congregation in America, with over 26,000 members. Applying this transition template may be difficult for those in small congregations or in denominations with clearly-defined pastoral transition processes. Available only as an e-book.
Reviewed by Sandra Herron