Pope Benedict’s Retirement: Are Church and Nonprofit Leaders Watching?


I was so impressed by the retirement announcement from Pope Benedict, that for a minute or two, I almost became a Catholic. His courage in facing the reality of declining health, potentially poor decision making, and the toll on his psyche was admirable. In spite of the pressure (no Pope has retired in 600 years) he had the integrity to make the right decision. Now contrast that with many pastors, ministry, and nonprofit leaders. With media ministries, they stay on the air way past their ability to not embarrass themselves. They fumble around, say inappropriate things, and generally make the Church look foolish to the world. Long time pastors aren’t much different. They


Leaving a Legacy

One thing we also need to discuss when it comes to the transition to the next generation is legacy issues. How should the founder be remembered? The Billy Graham organization is asking some of these questions as they opened their library and museum yesterday in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’ve also found that legacy projects are a way to keep the first generation leader occupied while the second generation leader tries to make his way and launch his own effort in ministry.

Before we get to that, let me say