What exactly is an Executive Pastor? Does the position look the same in every church? Below are some articles by seasoned XPs, talking about the different types of Executive Pastors and their responsibilities … and suggesting some “tools” to put in your toolbox!

 

The Seven Essential Attributes of Exceptional Executive Pastors

October 26th, 2015|Comments Off on The Seven Essential Attributes of Exceptional Executive Pastors

Having an excellent Executive Pastor can dramatically increase the health and growth of a church. Similar to the relationship between a COO and a CEO, an Executive Pastor oversees all administrative and operational aspects of [...]

Book Excerpt: Defining the Executive Pastor Role

August 24th, 2015|Comments Off on Book Excerpt: Defining the Executive Pastor Role

Throughout my years in the Executive Pastor role, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know many of my peers in ministry. At the risk of oversimplification, I have noticed that most XPs (shorthand for [...]

Defining the Executive Pastor Role and Its Need in the Church

July 9th, 2015|Comments Off on Defining the Executive Pastor Role and Its Need in the Church

I recently sat down with the Lead Pastor of our church, discussing my current role as the Director of Operations. During the discussion, I mentioned that I was hoping to move my position to become [...]

Who Needs an Executive Pastor, Anyway?

January 8th, 2014|Comments Off on Who Needs an Executive Pastor, Anyway?

Pastors have been on the scene for a couple thousand years. Executive Pastors, by many different definitions, have been around for about twenty-five years. We obviously know more about how to be the former than [...]

A Shameless Plug for XPastor Online Courses

November 13th, 2013|Comments Off on A Shameless Plug for XPastor Online Courses

To all my fellow XP’s out there---many who, like me, have come out of marketplace---I say, “If you 'wanna learn' what you need to know to be an effective pastor, administrator, leader, and coach, look [...]

Three Kinds of Executive Pastors

February 18th, 2013|Comments Off on Three Kinds of Executive Pastors

Who will be your next XP? What is the rise and function of the Executive Pastor? Whether you call the position Executive Pastor or Senior Associate Pastor or Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, there are many [...]

Discovering Your Need for an Executive Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Discovering Your Need for an Executive Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

The extant literature presents material on how to discover when an Executive Pastor is needed in a local congregation. Wes Kiel, in his unpublished article that was used in three Leadership Network forums in the [...]

Case Studies of Policy and Vision Implementation by the Executive Pastor–A Dissertation

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Case Studies of Policy and Vision Implementation by the Executive Pastor–A Dissertation

The following is a dissertation written in 2004 by David Fletcher about the Executive Pastor position. The footnotes have been removed to simplify reading on the web. Unfortunately, the images (and there are many) do [...]

Pressures on the Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

December 7th, 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 [...]

Perils in the Executive Pastor Role—Excerpts from a Dissertation

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Perils in the Executive Pastor Role—Excerpts from a Dissertation

A discussion of the role and function of the Executive Pastor would be incomplete without mentioning associated perils. This section will be especially helpful for any Senior Pastor, governing board or search committee seeking an [...]

Biblical Parallels for the Executive Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Biblical Parallels for the Executive Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

There are at least three significant biblical pericope that demonstrate roles parallel to the Executive Pastor. Two individuals, and one group, were in the place of implementing the policy and vision of others. The position that [...]

Models of Church Structure—Excerpts from a Dissertation

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Models of Church Structure—Excerpts from a Dissertation

Before one can discuss models of management in the church, it is necessary to discuss the role of management. This will help in evaluating the role and scope of the church leadership. In other words, [...]

The Solution of the Business Administrator—Excerpts from a Dissertation

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on The Solution of the Business Administrator—Excerpts from a Dissertation

Another solution, often in conjunction with the Associate Pastor role, is for the church to hire a Business Administrator. Minirth and others succinctly discuss this area, in the context of different hats that the pastor [...]

The Solution of the Associate Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on The Solution of the Associate Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

As the church added a second pastor, that person often received the title Associate or Assistant Pastor. In 2000, Martin Hawkins, Assistant Pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, completed a doctoral study [...]

Biblical Parallels of the Five Functions

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Biblical Parallels of the Five Functions

Below are definitions of the Five Functions of an Executive Pastor---Administrator, Catalyst, Mentor, Relational, and Overseer---complete with biblical examples of each one. The Five Functions were originally established through the XP-Indicator which is now called [...]

5 Functions in the XP Role

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on 5 Functions in the XP Role

Every XP uses each of the 5 Functions---Administrator, Catalyst, Mentor, Relational, Overseer---in the Executive Pastor role. Yet, each XP will be stronger in some of the functions than others. One XP may be a gifted catalyst, [...]

The Single Greatest Threat to Any XP

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The Single Greatest Threat to Any XP

“Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day [...]

The Executive Pastor

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The Executive Pastor

The proliferation of "megachurches" has been described as one of the most significant social developments of the decade of the eighties. That trend shows no sign of subsiding, indeed it seems to be accelerating. Lyle [...]

The Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor Team

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor Team

The following is a dissertation written by a Senior Pastor. To aid in making the information more readable on the web, the footnotes have been removed. To view footnotes, tables, appendices and the bibliography, please view [...]

From Business Executive to Executive Pastor

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on From Business Executive to Executive Pastor

In 2000, and after only a few months without a Senior Pastor, Woodinville Alliance Church made a “coup” in the pastor-hiring category. In 2004, Mary Jammerman began as Executive Pastor at Woodinville … in October of that year, Senior Pastor [...]

To XP or Not to XP? That is the Question

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on To XP or Not to XP? That is the Question

When was the last time that the President of the United States attended the dedication of your Youth Education Center? When was the last time that the President quoted your Senior Pastor or called for advice? Dr. [...]

The XP as Catalyst

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The XP as Catalyst

Steve Roese is a Catalyst. Shakes up categories … no policy manuals or time cards—anywhere … visionary with an outreach heart … doesn’t allow second best … lightning rod for criticism … explains explosive issues … loves to [...]

Every Church Needs a CFO

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Every Church Needs a CFO

I once heard a good definition of a CFO: “Someone who solves a problem you didn't know you had in a way you don't understand.” There is some truth in this statement. However, in actuality, [...]

Helping Your XP Succeed

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Helping Your XP Succeed

“I felt my heart strangely warmed.” Those were the words Jonathan Wesley used to describe his conversion the night he attended a meeting on Aldersgate Street in London. The words also describe how I felt when [...]

XPs and Catalytic Converters

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on XPs and Catalytic Converters

I hate cars. As far as I’m concerned, they’re high-maintenance, expensive machines, that always seem to break down at the absolute worst possible time. While holding the latest repair bill, produced from a mechanic making [...]

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 Executive Pastor: A Pioneer

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Executive Pastor: A Pioneer

Last week I attended the annual XP-Seminar in Dallas—it felt so good to be with “my people.” Finally, to be with people who spoke my language! It was exciting to share my frustrations and passions [...]

Roles, Responsibilities and Decision Making

February 17th, 2007|Comments Off on Roles, Responsibilities and Decision Making

In this article are listed the roles, responsibilities and decision making concepts for the local church. This was submitted by Bob Feitl, a vastly experienced Executive Pastor and church leader, after presenting it at the XP-Seminar [...]