Passing the Leadership Baton: A Winning Transition Plan for Your Ministry – Tom Mullins (this is the most recent book on this topic)
Next: Pastoral Succession That Works – (Updated and Expanded Version) by Willam Vanderbloemen & Warren Bird (the succession story of Cape Christian is told in this book)
The Elephant in the Boardroom: Speaking the Unspoken About Pastoral Transitions – Carolyn Weese & J. Russell Crabtree (this book is older but is solid and speaks of four types of church governances and the challenges of succession in each)
Passing the Baton: Planning for Pastoral Transition – Terry Roberts (I have not personally read this book but it comes highly recommended from leaders that I trust)
Succession: Seven Practices to Navigate Mission-Critical Leadership Transitions – Peter Greer, Doug Fagerstrom & Brianna Lapp
NOTE: You may order any of the above books by clicking on the title.
HELPFUL BLOGS, PODCASTS & ARTICLES
Rich Burch – UNSEMINARY.COM
Dennis Gingerich – Successful Pastoral Successions (Podcast on UnSeminary.com)
Danny Anderson – Assuming the Leadership of a 29 Year Old Church When I was 28
Carey Nieuwhof & Jeff Brodie – Inside Look On A Succession Plan in Action
Ryan Visconti – Inside a Church Succession While Seeing it Grow from 300-1300
Chris Bonham – A Shared Leadership Approach to Succession Planning
Heather Larson – Insights into Willow Creek’s Succession Process
William Vanderbloemen – Pastoral Succession that Works
Ken Sande – Leadership Transitions: The Good, the Bad, and the Clumsy
Dr. Mark Vincent – The Third Turn (BLOG) An organizational development muse for Maestro-level leaders.
Dr. Mark Vincent & Jeanette Robert – The Third Turn (PODCAST) Conversations on long-term leadership and legacy.