Each church has its own set of unique fingerprints, its own way to minister to a fallen world. In what way is your church impacting the world that no other church can do? How are you, the XP, fanning the flame of ministry?

Captivating Church Changers

December 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Captivating Church Changers

It’s a dirty word in some circles. “They mostly grow by transfer.” This critique implies that the church is not reaching people with the gospel, just “stealing” people from other churches like TMobile does to [...]

Partnering With Your Community for Sustainable Impact

March 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Partnering With Your Community for Sustainable Impact

John Cissel of Visioneering Studios talks about new uses of church property. This involves churches doing joint ventures with developers for impacting a church’s local community. The issue is how to build church facilities in expensive urban [...]

Exit Interviews: Revealing Stories of Why People are Leaving the Church

August 24th, 2015|Comments Off on Exit Interviews: Revealing Stories of Why People are Leaving the Church

Why are people leaving your church? Every church has a back door. But do you know why they are leaving? Have you ever done exit interviews? A number of years ago, Bill Hendricks wrote a [...]

Multisite or Church Planting?

August 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Multisite or Church Planting?

Remember way back when there were no multisite churches? Back when church planting (and releasing) was the ultimate form of sacrificial expansion for the sake of the Kingdom? Back when dinosaurs were around and roaming [...]

Book Review: Church Unique

May 30th, 2015|Comments Off on Book Review: Church Unique

In his book, Church Unique, Will Mancini pushes pastors to engage in the hard work of finding the unique contribution that their church can make to the world. More than strategy, this is a matter [...]

Tutorial: The Inside Scoop on Live Event Planning

September 2nd, 2013|Comments Off on Tutorial: The Inside Scoop on Live Event Planning

At 11 years of age, in the seat of a local performing arts center, I intently watched Peter Furler of the Newsboys belt out “Shine” from just a few feet in front of me. I [...]

Succession Plan: A 20-Year Transition

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Succession Plan: A 20-Year Transition

In the year 1990, when Nicholas Smith was 8 years old, Bethany Baptist Church of Lindenwold, New Jersey had 29 active members. In the year 2003, Bethany Baptist had 16,500 members, Nicholas was 23 years old and [...]

The Perfect Storm: Growing to a New Level of Effectiveness

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Perfect Storm: Growing to a New Level of Effectiveness

Liberty Church is a dynamic, progressive church of 550 adults and 300 children in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Unusual for a Southern Baptist Church, it is governed by a Board of Elders---and the ministry is carried out through teams. [...]

Hired from Within to be the XP: A Case Study

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Hired from Within to be the XP: A Case Study

In the American religious landscape, there is no clear path for an individual to become an Executive Pastor. Whether a man or woman comes from the executive or church world, there are a variety of paths to [...]

Pressures on the Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Pressures on the Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

With the acceptance of the operating principle of the historic importance of preaching, it will do well to briefly address other pressures on the preacher. In a chapter entitled, A Pastor’s Job Description, counselors Frank Minirth and [...]

Leading Your Staff and Church During Hard Times

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Leading Your Staff and Church During Hard Times

One of the hardest experiences I have ever had as an executive pastor is coming to the reality that our church will have to lay off a staff member. The burden hurts beyond words. It [...]

The Changing Face of Ministry

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Changing Face of Ministry

These are unique and challenging times for churches. There are more distractions to draw people away from church involvement than ever before. These distractions make it difficult for attendees to fully participate in sermon series [...]