The longer congregations are in existence, the longer the average tenure of people connected with the congregation, and the older the average age of people connected with the congregation the more they tend to rely on the same people to be their leaders. Year after year. At times this is a necessity. At other times it is a convenience.
Within many congregations is a hidden people resource. These are people of potential who are waiting to be asked to help lead the congregation. Often, they have new ideas and new energy. They may help initiate the transformation of the congregation.