Succession Plans and Growing Older
John Piper, Tim Keller, and Don Carson talk about growing older, making transitions, and pastoral succession.
Note that Piper told the people of Bethlehem last Sunday:
My proposal to the elders—and it comes from Noël and me, not just me (we have talked a lot about this, as you can imagine)—is that I transition from pastor for preaching and vision to a fulltime writing and BCS [Bethlehem College and Seminary] teaching and mentoring and wider speaking role on June 30, 2014—three years from now. And that we be very intentional and prayerful and thoughtful about a successor in those years.
That’s not the plan yet, because the elders have to think through all the implications and come to a mind.
The Gospel Coalition looked at this issue in a profile on “Gospel Integrity and Pastoral Succession,” which includes an explanation of what Keller and Redeemer plan to do.