Joshua and Moses Joshua 1:1–18
What Moses did?
- Saw potential in Joshua Exodus 17:8–16 (Joshua is selected by Moses to lead the Israelite army into battle against the Amalekites).
- Mentored Joshua Exodus 24:13, Exodus 32:19 (Joshua is with Moses when he receives the 10 commandments and when he smashes them).
- Gave Joshua responsibilities Exodus 33:11, Numbers 13:8 (Joshua guarded the tent of meeting, chosen as one of the 12 spies).
- Put Joshua in place with a title and blessing Numbers 27:16,17, Joshua 1:1-18 (Moses commissioned Joshua as the next leader).
What Joshua did?
- Earned the respect from his tribe Numbers 13:8 (chosen to represent his tribe as a spy)
- Earned the respect of Moses Exodus 24:13, Exodus 32:19 (invited to join with Moses when he receives the 10 commandments and when he smashes them)
- Learned to value hear God’s voice Exodus 33:11 (lived in the Tent of Meeting)
- Overcame his heart issues Joshua 1:1-18 (be strong and courageous)
Lessons Sandra and I Learned
- We needed to prepare ourselves for the next role
- I went for ministry to be able to say “No.”
- We listened to John and Carol to get their vision for the church
- We stepped into roles that weren’t yet ours, such as learning to letting people go from staff
- I started upgrading my business acumen
- Sandra took a public speaking course and started preaching more often
- I gathered executives around me for them to help me grow into the role
- We needed to give John and Carol lots of space
- We understood that this transition was more traumatic for them than for us
- We understood that they were still the leaders despite a title change
- We understood that their role as a mentor was even more valuable
- We need to honour them well in public and private spaces
- We need to start the process now for our successor
- We talk to John and Carol about people we are thinking about
- We give opportunities for the candidates to connect personally with John and Carol and ourselves
- We let potential candidates know that they are potential candidates
- We are continuing to listen to the Lord as to who it is
What Went Well in our Transition
- We were functioning as Senior Associate Pastors for 3 years prior to the title change – we were doing the job before the title
- We had a quick transition – We knew 6 months before the announcement was made that we were on deck. The church had 3 months notice.
- We had a public blessing – John and Carol laid hands on us. Colin Dye preached our induction sermon.
- We had raised up most of the second generation leaders so they were already following us.
What Was Challenging in our Transition
- We knew the great leaders that John and Carol didn’t choose would probably move on
- We underestimated the weight of being the Senior Leaders – emotional drain when we are responsible to fix finances, relationships, etc.
- We lost strong friendships with our associate pastors – we switched from being colleagues/great friends to being their boss/friends. Now they complained about us and not John and Carol!
Seven Rules For Succeeding As A Brand-New Leader
Rule 1: Leverage your time before entry
Rule 2: Organize to learn
Rule 3: Secure early wins
Rule 4: Lay the foundation for success
Rule 5: Construct a personal vision
Rule 6: Build alliances
Rule 7: Manage yourself
It’s up to you.
Michael D. Watkins is the author of Your Next Move: The Leader’s Guide to Navigating Major Career Transitions. http://www.forbes.com/2009/11/04/new-job-success-leadership-ceonetwork-employment.html
Second In Command by Dutch & Jackson, Chris Sheets
– Great book that John gave me while the Senior Associate. It helped me to understand my role as a second, and prepared me for being the leader.