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tensionOpinions about rules tend to polarize in two camps: the rule-keepers and the rule-breakers.

Ideologically, rule-keepers tend to see rules as moral imperatives and rule-breakers see them as the control mechanisms of those in power.

While ideologies drive much of how people assess life, they do not strictly determine how people functionally live life.

Functionally, most people live as both rule-breakers and rule-keepers. For example, a great rule-keeping employee may break every rule of personal health from improper diet to inadequate sleep. As Alan Bennet said, “We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn’t obey the rules.”

The fact is rules are often written around important ideals, but have to be followed with consideration for what’s real. That reality creates a tension in us, no matter which rules-camp you most identify with.

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One of the biggest staffing challenges churches face is leadership transition. There is a lot of room for misunderstanding and hurt as one leader steps out and another leader steps in.

I have overseen the transition of leaders, and I am currently a leader going through a well-planned transition. Side note: This post is dedicated to the families and leaders of the church I currently serve.

Here are five signs of effective leadership transition:

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