DO THE PASTORS SURVEYED FEEL THEIR SUCCESSION PLANS ARE EFFECTIVE?

Whether the succession or transition planning is done internally or externally, half of all pastors in churches with such plans rate them as just average (49%). One-third of churches with succession plans consider them above average (32%), while 9% think they are “cutting edge.” Only 4% of pastors in churches with plans rate them below average, while 2% are thought to be poor.

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I have talked with a lot of church leaders about succession planning. By far, the perception is that succession plans do not go so well.  Which begs the question.  If the general perception of succession planning is not good, what are these responses telling us?

49% of pastors surveyed said their plans were average, or said another way – “Our succession plan followed the tendency of everyone else.”  32% said their plans were above average.

When you throw in the other 9% that said their plan was “cutting edge” 90% graded their succession planning process as average or higher.

Something doesn’t sit well with this.

I am not questioning the Barna Group.  I am, however, calling to question our idea of what constitutes an average succession plan.  If this data point tells us anything, it is that the Church has much to learn about succession planning.

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