Sir Isaac Newton, in a letter written in 1675 to fellow scientist Robert Hooke, wrote, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Chuck Colson was one of those giants for many of us, and it is our privilege to steward his legacy at the Colson Center.
In fact, Chuck believed that his most important legacy, more than any of the organizations he founded or the many books he authored, would be people. That’s why he started what he called the Centurions Program, something that continues today under a different name, the Colson Fellows program.
One of the hallmark characteristics of someone who has been spiritually abused is that they do not trust themselves. This has been one of the deepest wounds for me to heal, but the one that has made me feel the most empowered as a daughter of God. I would love to share with you how spiritual abuse disconnected me from my intuition and how I am slowly taking it back.
While the only way to truly avoid a surprise succession is to have an adequate plan in place from the beginning, there are ways to overcome surprise successions if you’ve found yourself in this situation. Here are some key lessons learned from pastors who have faced succession due to unforeseen circumstances and scandal.