by David Briggs, Huffington Post, 6/1/16.
There is a popular joke about displaced pastors preparing three envelopes for their successor to be opened each time the new person runs into trouble.
The first time it happens, the new pastor opens the envelope marked No. 1 and it reads, “Blame your predecessor.”
It is not long before the pastor once again finds himself on the wrong side of the congregation. This time, the note inside reads, “Draw up three envelopes. …”