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Every church and ministry goes through changes in leadership, and the issue is far bigger than the wave of pastors from the baby boomer generation who are moving toward retirement. When a pastor leaves a church, ministries are disrupted, and members drift away. If the church is already struggling, it can find itself suddenly in very dire straits indeed. But the outcome doesn't have to be that way.

What if when a pastor moved on, the church knew exactly what to do to find a suitable replacement because a plan and a process had been in place for some time? While there is no simple, one-size-fits-all solution to the puzzle of planning for a seamless pastoral succession, Next offers church leaders and pastors a guide to asking the right questions in order to plan for the future. Vanderbloemen, founder of a leading pastoral search firm, and Bird, an award-winning writer and researcher, share insider stories of succession successes and failures in dozens of churches, including some of the nation's most influential. Through case studies, interviews, and real-time research, the authors demystify successful pastoral succession and help listeners prepare for an even brighter future for their ministries.

©2014 William Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird (P)2015 Baker Publishing Group

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A must read if you are a pastor or leader

This is a must read book for all, young and old pastor's. A book for deacon and elder. When the principles a applied, they will prevent the church and pastor from suffering. Thank you guys for taking the time to write a such good book.

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This book has been enlightning, encouraging, informative and the perfect book for every pastor board and potential successor

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Get to the point

While I was very excited and agreed with the ideas underlying the books premise ... I gave up after the first 3 chapters ( and preface.. Intro.. Etc) that seemed to be more about how great this book was going to be and how much work the authors had done in preparing it. I wondered if it weren't more a tool to get them more consultation work than actually providing resources.

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  • 12-04-15

Great content & narration

What did you love best about Next: Pastoral Succession That Works?

As a full-time Transitional Interim Pastor, this book is a must to listen to. Great advice for all pastors in preparation for the inevitable transition.

Have you listened to any of Claton Butcher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I enjoy Claton Butcher's articulate voice. I listen to everything he narrates!

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