Sermon outline at the conference
Essence of Succession
Prov. 27:23ff; Eph. 4:11ff.
v Succession in ministry rests on the principles of Continuity and Progression.
v It must be planned – it doesn’t just happen.
v Success without a successor is failure.
v Succession is the difference between life and death in ministry – it ensures the
minister / ministry
v It preserves the ministry.
v The leader who does not understand continuity in ministry will not mentor anyone and consequently his ministry will die with him – Prov. 27:23-27.
v It is the key to continuity – It breeds continuous life into the ministry.
v We have this ministry treasure in earthen vessels – 2 Cor. 4:7ff.
v The treasure is eternal but the vessel is not.
v The immortality of the treasure must swallow up the mortality of the vessel
v God has always made the treasure more important than the vessel hence changing the vessel must not change the treasure – 1 Sam. 15:22ff.
You must be Replaceable
v What will happen if I’m not there?
v Always have an understudy.
v Evaluate your competence for the current job – (capabilities, abilities and availability).
v The work must go on with or without me.
v Follow Jesus’ example; He replaced Himself – Jn.17:^ff; Eph. 4:7-14.
v All leaders must be replaceable – Prov. 27:23-27.
Jesus was replaced – Jn. 17; 20:21.
v No matter, how powerful and anointed you are you will eventually be replaced.
v It is better to be involved in your own replacement; that way you won’t feel dumped and useless and your ego would not be crushed.
v Jesus, Abraham, Moses, Isaac and Paul were all involved in their own
Succession needs mentoring
v Generally in mentoring –
Ø There must be by mutual consent.
Ø Either party can take the lead.
v In succession planning the mentor must take the lead, not the “mentoree”.
v This is the scriptural process;
v Elijah & Elisha; Paul & amp; Timothy; Jesus & His Disciples;
v This is because Leaders are called or appointed they don’t just take up positions on their own – Tit. 1:5ff.
Some Scriptural Guidelines
v Understand the following;
v The distinction between succession with respect to the Kingly & “Prophetic” anointings
v 3 dimensions to the anointing.
Priests and Kings
v Priests minister to houses /
families, while Kings minister to Nations/cities – Lk.
v After the Church enters into houses it is then called to enter into the city.
v No nation can fit into a local church building that’s why Priests were not
primarily ordained to minister to
the nations but rather to families.
v Only the High Priest can minister to the nation.
v All believers are called as priests unto God.
v Priesthood being a holy order which allows one into the holy place defines the nature of the new creation.
v Priestly succession in general deals with us being able to raise our children in the admonition of the Lord.
v Our children are expected to be saved though we cannot force them to be.
v The kingly line deals with secular matters and should generally follow the natural family line of succession.
v The only time this changes, is when there is disobedience or rebellion.
v Succession with respect one’s secular business/profession follows this line – Mk. 6:1ff.
v It’s about preserving your name.
Ministry Gift Succession
v Ministry succession follows the Prophetic not the kingly line.
v The ministry is God’s business – Matt. 16:18ff; Lk. 2:49.
v It is not your personal or family business.
v The prophetic line follows a more spiritual family line of succession – Eph. 3:14-15.
v “Blood is thicker than water” – Prov. 18:24.
v It is about preserving God’s name.
v Prophetic / Ministry Gift Succession is based on the principle of Spiritual
“sonship” and not natural
“sonship” – 2Tim. 2:1ff.
v Every Scripture that defines prophetic succession points to this pattern.
Ø Moses & Joshua;
Ø Elijah and Elisha;
Ø Paul and Timothy;
Ø Joshua and the Judges.
v In order to succeed you, your natural son must become your spiritual son.
v This pattern was established in Scripture and practiced by Jesus and His Disciples.
v None of the 12 Apostles were from Jesus’ natural family.
v Note that James Jesus’ natural brother connected spiritually with the
Apostles before he became a
v Spiritual “Sonship” guarantees ministry continuity & progress.
v This ensures that no flesh would glory in God’s presence – 1 Cor. 1:27ff.
Ministry Gift Anointing is not an Inheritance.
It is a call – 1 Cor. 12:28ff; Eph. 4:7ff; Rom. 11:29.
v God doesn’t guarantee that He would call members of your natural family no matter how anointed you are.
v But He guarantees that He would call and grace those who are faithful to
you – 2
The success of your successor is dependent on;
1. their divine call and
2. their faithfulness to you in the ministry – 2 Tim. 2:1ff.
To Establish Proper Succession
1. Prayerfully decide.
v Never make a decision on your successor on the basis of natural sentiments.
v Let God decide your successor.
v Moses, Elijah and Jesus all discovered their successors in prayerful fellowship with God –
Num. 27:18-23; 1 Kg. 19:16, 19-21; Lk. 6:12ff.
2. Are they Servants? – 1 & 2 Cor. 4.
v If they serve well they will lead well.
v Only servants can be leaders.
3. Are they loyal? – 2 Tim. 2:1ff.
v Always choose loyalty over ability.
v The principle demands that they must be firstly faithful/loyal then able to teach others.
Once your successor has been identified you must;
1. Establish what should happen clearly before you leave the scene.
v Preferably write it down.
v There should be no ambiguities.
2. Settle all legal and other natural modalities.
v Let your signature work actively while you’re still alive.
3. Do your best to let it play out while you’re still around
v Monitor and guide the process.
4. Pray for them & set them in place before you leave – Num. 27:18ff; Deut.
v This will ensure that the congregation receive and respect them.
5. It takes supernatural not natural ability to succeed in ministry – Zech. 4:6.
v Be at rest the same God that helped you will help them – Jos. 1:5; Jn. 20:21.
Pastor Mulonde Godfrey.
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