However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace (Acts 20:24).
In any transition, learn to finish well.
Indeed, it has been a season of transition for me. I love my Restore team and it was very hard to get my head around the fact that God was calling me to start a new chapter with NewThing. But once I did I wanted to honor them by finishing well.
Let’s face it, transitions are a way fo life in church planting. God is at work in our lives and orchestrating the details. People are going to transition into and out of our teams. In Kingdom work, we cannot hold on to each other too tightly. God is always shuffling the deck.
And transitions can be either positive or negative. Choose to make a positive transition by finishing well.
Finishing well helps your team continue their work with minimal disruption and ensures that the relationships you have with your team endure. This honors God.
So what does finishing well look like?
Determine what your team needs for you to finish well. Ask your team what they need you to finish. Once you know what they need, keep asking. Check-in with them throughout the transition to ensure you’re meeting their needs.
Focus on your 15%. Don’t assume everyone know what you did on the team. Approximately 85% of what you do on your team, anyone can do. But there’s that 15% that is unique to each of us. Spend most of your time helping people understand the 15%.
Write it down. This should be obvious but your team isn’t going to have you around to answer questions after you leave. Ensure you’ve set them up for success by writing it down. And I am not talking about a few notes on a Post-It Note. Write down processes and procedures so that they know the details.
Spend time with people on your team. You are more than what you did for the team. This is still all about relationships isn’t it? Ensure your transition plan includes enough time for you to meet with people on your team to talk shop but mostly to tell them how much they mean to you.
Train the new people. Spend lots of time investing in the person(s) who is going to take over your roles and responsibilities. Ensure that you go above and beyond to help them be successful.
Remember, wanting to transition well is up to you. But if you don’t, you’re just going to mess up the race for everyone on your team.
What have you learned about transitioning well that you can share with the rest of us?
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