2 Tim. 2:1,2 – You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
You see many Senior Leaders today setting in their ‘natural’ sons to be their successor and in many situations rightfully so!! But in certain groups it has almost become a tradition where the father automatically favors his son, even if he knows he isn’t called to serve as the new leader!
Many times there are ‘spiritual sons’ who labored in the same vineyard and loyal to the Senior set leader and anointed as well. But some believe if they are not ‘blood kin”, they will not serve the vision well, thus taking away from the legacy of the leader, the father of the house!!
Many churches have suffered when the senior leader passed away or left and instead of following the Holy Ghost, they went with the familiar thing of leaving a natural son in charge who sadly, did not have the anointing, calling or grace to lead …
Thank the Lord for those special times when a “natural’ father-son team is also a great spiritual team and the son wears the coat of his father well and serves his own generation well, as David did…but let us not be so blind or neglect the obvious when the charisma of the Holy Spirit falls on a spiritual son who will carry out the vision well….
And finally, the best scenario is when the previous leader, as a true father, remains as the ‘father of the house’ and oversees the ministry overall. He then turns the new set leader or pastor loose to lead the local ministry and the bond is so strong, whether a natural and/or spiritual son, that it continues on without missing a beat….