Equipping denomination and associational leaders to use Sherpa’s succession planning resources

Get equipped to use Sherpa's succession planning methodologies to help your churches effectively steward seasons pastoral transition

Sherpa’s conviction is that association and denominational leaders are best positioned to help the majority of churches navigate the critical topic of succession planning. This is why we created a training process to equip those leaders in the tools and methods we use to address the following leadership transition-related topics.

Protecting Organizational Continuity – How can we help church leaders anticipate and proactively address areas that can cause disruption during a season of transition?

Transition Strategy Management – How can we help church leaders develop a plan for project managing the transition process?

Communicate Transition Effectively – How can help church leaders communicate in a way that inspires confidence in the process and encourages continued investment in ministry?

Proactive Exit Planning – How can we equip churches to help their transitioning pastor (and spouse!) prepare for their next season of influence?

New Leader Hiring – How can we help[ church leaders understand what goes into the process of finding a new leader?

Emergency Transition Management – How can we help church leaders effectively prepare for the unplanned, emergency leadership transition?


Sherpa’s training process is conducted over the two phases described below

Phase 1: Orientation and Training

You will participate in three 2-hour coaching calls spread over three consecutive weeks. Each session will focus on two of the 6 Succession Conversations. you will find the schedule outlined below.

In addition to the training sessions, you will have approximately 2-3 hours of prep-work for each call. 

Week 1: Protecting Organizational Continuity and Emergency Transition Management

Week 2: Transition Strategy Management and New Leader Hiring

Week 3: Communicate Transition Effectively and Proactive Exit Planning 

Phase 2: Coaching and Mentoring

As part of your training, you will identify two ministries to walk through the planning process with. Sherpa will provide 1-on-1 coaching and mentoring to help you prepare for your sessions. We will also schedule a call to debrief and evaluate how the meetings went.

Both of the ministries you select will be given free access to Sherpa’s succession planning coaching resources. This is a $996 value ($498/ea.)


Local Associations

$1,500 for one person on your team

$2,500 for up to three (3) people on your team

Discounted rates are available for smaller associations.

State, Regional (multi-state), and National Offices

Let’s talk!

We’ll develop a training solution to meet the needs of your specific denomination’s polity structure and practice.