Dave Stone, senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, has announced that he plans to step down from the more than 22,000-member church after some 12 years at the helm.
“This is a process that has been in the works for a number of years,” Stone told his congregation on Saturday. “My wife, Beth, and I decided on this timing about five years ago. We felt that 2019 would be the wisest time for the transition to take place.”
He noted that the church’s current teaching pastor, Kyle Idleman, whom he described as someone who lives consistently as a man of God, will replace him as lead pastor.
“Kyle’s imprint can be seen throughout this church. He’s a prayer warrior, and he is more generous than you will ever know. He loves Jesus, his wife, his kids, and his church. We are going to be so blessed to have him at the helm,” Stone said.
“Kyle is uniquely gifted for this role. He’s been an elder here for 12 years. He’s doctrinally solid. His integrity, his humility, and his preaching and teaching and writing are exceptional,” he added.
Stone, who expects to hand off his senior pastor responsibilities to Idleman over the next six- to-nine months, said he chose to phase in his retirement to allow new leadership the opportunity to take over. He said he inherited the leadership succession model from his predecessor, Bob Russell, and felt it was a good gesture to pay forward to Idleman.
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Source: Christian Post