In my time, I spoke of leadership not as the world knows it, but as servanthood. I said that whoever would be greatest among you must be the servant of all. My calling to Peter, like my calling to each one of you, was to follow me, to love, to serve, and to shepherd my people with humility and care. The emphasis was on the nature of the role, not the structure or the succession.
As for succession, I never explicitly spoke of a continuous line of authority from one individual to another. Leadership in my teachings was not about humanly designed authority or titles, but about embodying love, humility, and servanthood. It was about nurturing faith, encouraging growth, and fostering a community grounded in my teachings.
The church, as I envisioned, was not built upon a single individual, but upon the revelation of who I am, as the Christ, the son of the living God. Therefore, let the focus be not on who holds the authority, but on how that authority is used to serve, to love, and to guide others towards God's kingdom.
As always, love each other as I have loved you.