Passing the Baton

We are about halfway through the semester. That means there is a lot to think about in ending the year well, setting up summer ministry and assignments, and preparing for the fall.

One big area is thinking about which leaders you can count on returning next year. Who will you ask to move into leadership?

You may have seen a document entitled Three Movement-Leadership Models, describing the leader and teams reaching their campus. They might be staff, but may be students, volunteers, or faculty. It may be easier to remember “square, triangle, circle”, campuses.

  • Square campuses—staff led, staff team.
  • Triangle—staff led, student/faculty/volunteer (S/F/V) team .
  • Circle—S/F/V led, S/F/V team.

If you are working on student leadership transition on square campuses, it is even more vital to be intentional about leadership transition on the triangle and circle campuses.

The earlier you choose leaders for next year the more they can prepare for their roles. Here are some things to help in the transitioning process.

Passing the baton to new leaders

1. What is God calling our leaders to?

The Transformational Community article is very helpful in explaining what we are called to as a movement. Use the discussion questions at the end to focus on our DNA of winning, building and sending.

2.  What does a leader look like?

Picture of a Leader looks at qualifications for leadership. This could look pretty impossible. But the key here is not perfection, but growth in these areas.

3.  Developing personal vision.

Next, to give your new leaders personal perspective, have them read Cultivating a Vision for my Campus. This will direct them through a process of hearing from the Lord and putting their vision into action.

Vision and motivation are so important for your leaders. Another helpful diagnostic is Evaluating your Ministry.

4. Planning.

Finally, in preparation for the fall, have your leaders look at Nine Principles for the First Six Weeks. If they download the pdf, there is a blank planning sheet at the end to write down plans.

All three of our boys ran track in high school. The relays were always exciting races. I’ve seen teams blow leads and lose races because they messed up the baton pass. That hand-off is the most important part of any relay. If the baton is dropped, the team may be disqualified, or, at the least, looses precious seconds and momentum. The next runner gets into position to receive the baton and then takes off running. They must keep in mind both what is happening with the runner handing off and the race in front of them.

This is such an apt metaphor of what happens in transitioning leadership. They watch the current leadership to consider what and how to lead as they plan for their own time to lead.

Let’s do what we can to ensure that baton pass goes well.

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