by UBA Senior Church Consultant, Josh Ellis

When I was growing up in Colorado, we hiked a lot. And we learned from an early age sayings like, "leave nature as you found it," or "take only photographs, leave only footprints." When it comes to nature, this is a great philosophy. When it comes to leadership, however, it is completely wrong. Are you leaving evidence that you were here?

When we speak of leadership development, or mentoring, or discipling, few people get anxious. After all, the New Testament is full of verses that expect us to pour into those who would come after us. Matthew 28:20 includes a general call to disciples that we should teach what we have been taught, and Ephesians 4:12 notes that we have been given pastors and teachers "for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ" (NASB). In short, Christians are supposed to prepare those who would come after us.

So why is it that the idea of succession planning is such a taboo subject in the offices of our churches?  (follow link to full blog post at sbcIMPACT)

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Leadership is Like Littering . . . Kinda