Spiritual Intelligence: Succession Planning

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Wow… Very wise words from a mentor. With that as backdrop, let’s look at some important lessons for effective succession planning.

  1. Discipleship: Pass on what you know to reliable and qualified people, so they can teach others. This can be achieved through high impact training, coaching and mentoring.
  2. Apprenticeship: Join me. Apprenticeship is Work-based learning. In other-words you learn by doing. In an apprenticeship, you train the apprentice on and off the job. They are also to be assessed on and off the job for competencies.
  3. Effective Communication: Communicate effectively in very simple terms, and keep reminding your followers of the goals and objectives. Use all forms of media and channels to stimulate the interest of the stakeholders.
  4. Reflection: Reflection gives depth and dimension into a matter. It provides insight and illumination which stirs the reflector into action, or in some cases; change or review a proposal. It is also imperative that we imbibe a reflective culture within our organisations. Allow people to reflect and learn from their mistakes.
  5. Faithfulness: Please your commanding officer. In pleasing God, you inspire others to do likewise. If you are not a good follower, you can’t be a good leader. True leaders have a servant’s heart.
  6. Recognition and Reward: The Victor’s Crown. True leaders are not insecure; they recognise and reward hard work, faithfulness, skills and talents.
  7. Recruitment: Entrust. Seek out and reach to potential successors, and start this process early.
  8. Prayers: Most importantly, pray as Jesus did. Pray that they grow in grace, pray that the enemy does not derail their destiny.

In the words of The Rabbi on this very important subject;

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’


~ Sabali



Spiritual Intelligence: Donkeys Leading Lions

Donkeys Leading Lions…

This phrase has been used so many times to describe; the fate of soldiers and the politicians that lead them to senseless wars, or that of soldiers and some of the Generals that have led them in wars.

Perhaps the best possible origin can be traced to this Arabic proverb;

An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep

With this as a backdrop, I hope you will agree with me that the need for leadership, and effective succession planning strategies cannot be over-emphasised. In the words of The Rabbi to His disciples;
Follow me, and I will make you… This statements my friends, graphically explains the process of discipleship. Followers are bound to be transformed and made through the process of following.

If our apprentices are not being transformed, If we are not making leaders out of ordinary everyday people, then I’m afraid we have to go back to the drawing board.

Sadly, like King Saul many have subjected the soldiers to a fast at a time when they need “the bread of life”, as a result we have too many weak believers, and very high mortality and casualty rate within our ranks.

The Rabbi said this to His audience about the leaders of their era;

Jesus replied, “Every plant not planted by my Father shall be rooted up, so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and both will fall into a ditch.”

I pray that we arise from the depths of despair, receive courage and fulfil our destiny!

This couple obliged to have their photo taken by a complete stranger (me) yesterday. I like their sense of style. God bless them!

~ Sabali


Spiritual Intelligence: A Near Miss

As he went out into the street, a man came running up, greeted him with great reverence, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to get eternal life?”

Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good, only God. You know the commandments: Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t cheat, honor your father and mother.”

He said, “Teacher, I have—from my youth—kept them all!”

Jesus looked him hard in the eye—and loved him! He said, “There’s one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me.”

The man’s face clouded over. This was the last thing he expected to hear, and he walked off with a heavy heart. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go.

Wow… This wealthy young man, much loved and admired by the God of the Universe, turned down a call to His apprenticeship programme.

Friends not all are called, and not all are chosen. In fact some offers were turned down and redirected, like in the case with the demon possessed man in Gerasenes;

Later, a great many people from the Gerasene countryside got together and asked Jesus to leave—too much change, too fast, and they were scared. So Jesus got back in the boat and set off. The man whom he had delivered from the demons asked to go with him, but he sent him back, saying, “Go home and tell everything God did in you.” So he went back and preached all over town everything Jesus had done in him.

But unlike the demon possessed man, the rich young ruler was in a privileged position; for he was of the crop of Israel, and a beneficiary of The Covenant. Sadly, like many today with misdirected priorities, he was too entangled with the affairs of this present life, making it very difficult to make a transition into a more meaningful life experience. In the words of the great teacher;

“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

This fella was so close, yet so far – what a miss?! I pray that the desires of our Present Self does not rob us of the glorious inheritance of our Future Self.


~ Sabali