Having a staff/volunteer team that works well together is crucial for a healthy church. But how do you develop that team? How can you, as the XP, help to organize a dynamic ministry both inside and outside your church walls?

 

Organizing Selectively

October 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Organizing Selectively

“To organize or not to organize? That is the question.” While this may be a bad take-off on Shakespeare, it’s a key issue for second chair leaders. One possible response to this question is, “Don’t bother [...]

Book Review: ReLaunch

November 11th, 2013|Comments Off on Book Review: ReLaunch

Before even opening this book, the title caught my eye. Whenever we think of words with the prefix “re” before it---words like review, rewind, re-do---we automatically think of things or situations that we must execute [...]

Book Review: Sticky Teams

October 2nd, 2013|Comments Off on Book Review: Sticky Teams

Up until now, I have for no good reason avoided reading Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne. Yes, I had heard it was excellent. Okay, more than one friend suggested it. But I guess I got [...]

Video: Changes in the XP Role

March 5th, 2013|Comments Off on Video: Changes in the XP Role

Oh, how the XP job has changed! Over the last decade or two, the role of the Executive Pastor has changed significantly. Once a more business role, the position seems to have developed into something [...]

The Most Important Function of a Church Board

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The Most Important Function of a Church Board

How should Senior Pastors interact with their board? How should the board interact with their pastor? It’s a classic question we get asked a lot as we do executive searches. Therefore, we are posting some [...]

A Different Church Organizational Structure

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on A Different Church Organizational Structure

As the Executive Pastor of our church, (a non-denominational, evangelical, contemporary-styled church) I was the first person our Lead Pastor came to with his idea of adding two other staff members that would serve at [...]

After 145 Years, Does This Church Need an XP?

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on After 145 Years, Does This Church Need an XP?

Mount Vernon Baptist Church’s history dates back over 145 years. During these years, the church faced many challenges. Individuals emerged to lead the church forward. The church is again at a crossroad in its history. In this [...]

Deep Change in Organizational Culture

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Deep Change in Organizational Culture

Because I have an interest in organizations, I often have an eye out for signs of excellence, or lack thereof, in my everyday dealings. It becomes apparent when there is an obvious emphasis by an [...]

Simple Church: Don’t Box Me In

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Simple Church: Don’t Box Me In

Ever have one of those staff meetings when it feels like an explosion went off in the room? It can be quite unsettling, to say the least. We were a purpose-driven church that was driven to [...]

Second Chair: Fascinating Insights About XPs

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Second Chair: Fascinating Insights About XPs

One of the least understood roles in churches is the "second chair" role—the person who reports directly to the Senior Pastor (or sometimes the church board) and oversees a large portion of the church staff. This [...]

The Role of Social Networks and Interpretation in Planned Organizational Change

May 1st, 2009|Comments Off on The Role of Social Networks and Interpretation in Planned Organizational Change

David Fletcher ran into Dr. Booth's paper while attending a class at the Kellogg School of Management. Measuring change is tough in a church and yet so necessary, considering how much change occurs! This is [...]