First Six Months

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As a new XP, where do you start? What will be the actions that will bring you lasting success in ministry? Below are some articles from experienced XPs, outlining some of the steps to take, as well as the actions to avoid.

 

Book Review: The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan

August 1st, 2015|Comments Off on Book Review: The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan

The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan: How to Take Charge, Build Your Team, and Get Immediate Results, written by George Bradt, Jayme Check and Jorge Pedraza, is a book about helping executives succeed in transition. [...]

Five Lessons I’ve Learned in My First Eighteen Months as XP

July 12th, 2015|Comments Off on Five Lessons I’ve Learned in My First Eighteen Months as XP

As was mentioned in the title, I’ve learned five lessons during my first eighteen months as an Executive Pastor. In order to provide some context, I will briefly state my ministry experience. My background has [...]

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 [...]

Keys to a Successful First 100 Days as a Senior Pastor

April 2nd, 2013|Comments Off on Keys to a Successful First 100 Days as a Senior Pastor

Turnover in churches is high right now. Senior Pastors are retiring as baby boomers age, and the wave is only going to grow. Perhaps more than I’ve ever seen, there are scores of people facing [...]

The XP’s First 100 Days

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The XP’s First 100 Days

When a United States President enters office, there is a lot of press given to his first 100 days agenda. The reason for this is everyone understands the early days of the new administration will [...]

Perception Equals Reality: A Lesson from a Church’s First Executive Pastor

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Perception Equals Reality: A Lesson from a Church’s First Executive Pastor

“Had I known then what I know now!” How many times have you heard that famous phrase? Hindsight truly is 20/20, but normally we do not get to enjoy it, unless we learn from others [...]

Changing Hats: Moving from Business to the Executive Pastor Role

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Changing Hats: Moving from Business to the Executive Pastor Role

Every year at the XP-Seminar, I ask, “How many of you came from the business world?” In 2005, about 25% of the XPs raised their hands; by 2008, over 50% said “yes.” Current estimates are [...]

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 [...]

Tips for a New XP

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Tips for a New XP

April 23, 2003 is a day that Natalie Gilbert will never forget. On that day, when she was 13 years old, she was scheduled to sing the national anthem for the 2003 NBA Playoff Game [...]

Hiring an Executive Pastor?

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Hiring an Executive Pastor?

A couple of months ago, I was asked to give a presentation entitled, “Executive Pastor: If, When, Why, How?” As you can guess from the title, the focus was on churches that were thinking about [...]

From Corporate America to Full-Time Ministry: My First Six Months as an XP

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on From Corporate America to Full-Time Ministry: My First Six Months as an XP

Andrew Behm went from working in the business world to being the Executive Pastor of the church he had attended for years. Below are accounts of his joys and struggles during his first 26 weeks [...]

A New Beginning: Suggestions for a New Pastor

May 5th, 2009|Comments Off on A New Beginning: Suggestions for a New Pastor

Steve's phone call was filled with excitement. It was his first church. I had known him from his home church where he was a fine lay leader. Now he was on his own. He wanted [...]