What Happens At Your Church When An Older Leader Hands Over The Mic?

Earlier this week, 78 year-old Dr. Tony Campolo announced he would be closing the doors of the ministry he launched three decades ago. I appreciate his faithfulness and consistent voice on behalf of the marginalized, and applaud his wise words in the RNS piece about his retirement from the organizational part of his speaking and writing ministry:

“Too often, we old guys hang on too long and steal the spotlight from the new, bright, shining stars emerging as speakers and leaders,” Campolo said. “We keep occupying leadership without stepping aside and getting behind these speakers.” 

I wholeheartedly agree. However, I wonder if it is as easy as simply having the “old guys” turning over the mic and stepping out of the spotlight. [Read more]