Seamless Succession: Simplifying Church Leadership Transitions

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Dr. Jay Passavant

Author of Seamless Succession
CEO of Passavant Leadership Group

Dr. Jay Passavant (M.Div/D.Min Fuller Theological Seminary) received a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1970, and following his service was ordained in the UPUSA for over seven years. In 1981, with the support of his wife Carol, he launched North Way Christian Community near Pittsburgh, PA, and led the church for over three decades. In 2013, he founded the consulting firm Passavant Leadership Group, providing integrated services to churches and nonprofit organizations with a focus on the strategic planning and implementation of major leadership transitions.

Church succession faces a daunting failure rate of 70% within the first 3 years.

Dr. Jay and Passavant Leadership Group have firsthand experience in effective transition planning and implementation. Learn more at


Simplifying Church Leadership Transitions

Learn More About Seamless Succession

1 - Initiate

Succession is a deep change that requires more than a search committee.

2 - Cultivate

Discover the importance of preparing the church for change.

3 - Communicate

Successful transition is built on a foundation of trust.

4 - Investigate

Learn how to assess the needs of the church as well as the qualifications of the candidates.

5 - Integrate

The integration phase can determine the initial momentum of the new leader.

6 - Celebrate

Remember God's goodness in order to be grounded for the faith journey ahead.

7 - Evaluate

Expedite the journey towards productivity and fruitfulness.


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