Leno and Church Leadership Succession
Today’s post is going to be part of series called “Stuff I have no idea about”. It’s really a collection of questions and concerns that I have for church leadership stuff that I don’t have any answers . . . just questions. I would love your thoughts and input.
Did you see this picture of Jay Leno on CNN.com from this past weekend? My first thought was . . . wow – the editors at CNN are trying to throw Jay under a bus with this pic – making him look pretty old. A standard google image search turns up way better photos of Jay.
It’s really hard to do succession planning in church. In the next 10 years it’s going to be interesting to see what the churches who have asked us to watch them do with this. Growing, thriving churches are often led by charismatic speaking/leading individuals who are both the “management” and the “product” of the organization. There is the normal complexities of allowing new leaders to lead while most of the people who love the church also love the lead person teaching on a regular basis.
Passing the torch to the next generation(s) in these scenarios is kinda like Starbucks knowing that sometime in the next few years it’s going to have to stop selling the Caramel Macchiato and move to the Carmel Apple Spice. (or the less sexy . . . McDonald’s convincing people to stop buying Big Macs and like the snazzy Arch Deluxe.)
Conan O’Brien is great but growing the audience in the timeslot that Leno lived in for years is proving tough. Moving churches to the next generation of leaders is going to be when people just prefer the teacher/leader that’s been there for years.
Who is doing this well? What are some best practices?