Congregations seeking to transform anticipate the next generation of leaders in their congregation. They are not just looking a few weeks, months, or a year ahead. They are anticipating the leaders they need and who those people might be 3, 7, to 10 years into the future. This means they have an idea about their future.
They proactively identify the characteristics they are likely to need and who the people might be who have those gifts, skills, and preferences. Then they help these people engage in spiritual formation and leadership development processes needed to prepare them to serve with excellence.