John Piper with Tim Keller & D.A. Carson on Succession Plans and Growing Older plus his June 2011 message to the SBC on the Lord’s Prayer

John Piper is planning to transition from pastor for preaching and vision to full time writing and teaching, and mentoring at Bethlehem College and Seminary. In the video below Piper discusses succession plans and getting older with Tim Keller and D.A.Carson.

Below the video you will find the transcript of John Piper’s main message to the Pastors attending the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix, Arizona on June 13,2011.

You can read the entire article here – Succession Plans and Growing Older. (The Gospel Coalition)

John Piper, Tim Keller, and Don Carson talk about growing older, making transitions, and pastoral succession.

Note that Piper told the people of Bethlehem last Sunday:

My proposal to the elders—and it comes from Noël and me, not just me (we have talked a lot about this, as you can imagine)—is that I transition from pastor for preaching and vision to a fulltime writing and BCS [Bethlehem College and Seminary] teaching and mentoring and wider speaking role on June 30, 2014—three years from now. And that we be very intentional and prayerful and thoughtful about a successor in those years.

That’s not the plan yet, because the elders have to think through all the implications and come to a mind.

The Gospel Coalition looked at this issue in a profile on “Gospel Integrity and Pastoral Succession,” which includes an explanation of what Keller and Redeemer plan to do.

John Piper’s main message to the Pastors attending the Southern Baptist Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on June 13,2011.

Be a Radically God-Centered Pastor

My main message to you is very simple: Be a radically God-centered pastor. My text is the first petition of the Lord’s prayer: „Hallowed by your name.” I simply want to spend the few minutes we have together pressing the God-centered implications of this first petition of the Lord’s prayer into your minds and hearts and ministries.

Or another way to say it is that my aim is to unpack the way I understand the theme of this conference, which I love: „ASPIRE: Yearning to Join God’s Kingdom Activity.” The word aspire and the word yearning capture the emotional side of the theme. Desire this. Long for this. Ache for this. Want this. Be passionate for this. Have zeal for this. Yearn for this. Aspire to this. Plead for this.

Our First and Deepest Longing

Yes, plead! If you yearn, you plead. If you aspire, you plead, you pray! And what did Jesus tell us to pray? What did he say to aspire to first? Desire first? Yearn for first? Long for and plead for first—above all? What did he tell us to make our preeminent aspiration? Our first and deepest longing? Our all-defining, all-shaping, all-controlling, all-consuming desire?

He said, „Desire this first: Hallowed be your name.” Plead for this above all: „Father, cause your name to be hallowed!” „Do whatever you must do in me, in my family, in my church, in my denomination, in my city, in this world, so that your name is hallowed.”

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