Solomon was chosen from among David’s many sons to succeed his father on the throne of Israel. God chose Solomon because he was a ‘man of peace’. Solomon would now build the temple that David had made preparations for. David was not allowed to build the temple because he was a ‘man of war’. Solomon and David were very different men.
I will stifle the future vision if I look for a successor who is just like me. We need someone who can see and lead through the next, more advanced, levels. Even if I could live another 50 years, I could not lead the vision into the future the same way I’ve led in the past. As the vision grows, leadership must change, actually it’s the other way around.
David was generation one, the pioneer man, in the building of the throne that Jesus sits on today. This was his specific ministry calling. Solomon was the 2nd generation. It wasn’t like no one had gone before them in the plan of God, in fact, David told Solomon to follow the teachings of Moses. David was the 14th generation of men who served God, but in his ministry he was first generation and Solomon was second.
Solomon would live in luxury, peace and quietness all his days. He lived as a philosopher in a palace while David had spent his life on the battlefield covered in mud and blood. But Solomon was the right fit, he could take the throne to the next level, and because he was the right guy, in the right sequence, he became greater, took the vision farther – and David would have been very pleased.
As I am, so very pleased that the second generation leaders in our ministry are not people like me. Terry and I lived a fairly rough life, on the edge of pioneering a new ministry in Thailand – that our sons and daughters are now expanding across Asia and the world. The second generation of leaders in our vision are of softer temperament, more refined and gifted for specific jobs in the ministry. This is God’s doing.
The founder of a given vision has already done the pioneering so replacing him with someone like him would be a leadership redundancy and set back. To replace King David with another David would have set Israel back a generation and delayed the building of the temple.
For this same reason we are not only looking for a differently gifted person but probably a different form of leadership. Pioneering is often accomplished by a single leader, but the second generation requires a team of diversely gifted leaders who can work closely together, by the third generation the vision is so refined it can run on auto pilot with the right people trained for the right departments. The pioneer must understand that succession into the next generation will change the look of the ministry.
1. My role is unique to my generation.
2. My successors will be unlike me and will be gifted for the next generation’s accomplishments.
3. Succession will include a change in leadership format and style.
How will they ever find someone like me to take over when I’m gone? They won’t, thank God!