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Will you know when it's time to step down?
Will you know when it's time to step down? (Lightstock)

I read an article recently about how to tell when your business needs a new leader. It opens with:

"An entrepreneur should know when it is time to move on for the sake of his or her business. Entrepreneurs who have built a business from the ground up often have strong emotional ties to their companies. Too often though, emotions can get in the way of sound business decisions, and a leadership change may be in order."

The author listed four telltale signs:

  • Your health is declining.
  • You're just not that into the business anymore.
  • Other priorities consume your time.
  • You are hesitant about investing in future growth.

While the church is a body—not a business—these are probably valid issues for a church leader to consider.

In the Old Testament, the timing of a priest taking a lesser role was predetermined. When he turned 50, it was time to pass the baton.

He didn't have to completely go away, but he was no longer on the front line. He could assist, but the younger men did the heavy lifting.

These days it's an inexact science. There are no concrete rules.

Freedom is great, except when it's not. Sometimes it's easier to paint by the numbers. Sometimes the numbers don't tell the whole story.

What do you think? How do you know when it's time to step down?

Greg Surratt is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church, one of the early adopters of the multisite model. Located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Seacoast has been recognized by various media as an innovative and influential thought leader in future strategies for church growth and development.

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