Whether you have a staff of 3, 30 or 300, your staff leads the way in growing the church in your community. Having the “right people on the bus, in the right seats” is important for the health of your staff and church. Are you treating your staff right and helping them grow in their abilities and spiritual walk?

 

Clarifying the XP Role

January 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Clarifying the XP Role

“And all other duties as may be assigned.” This is commonly the last line in a job description, but the practical reality for many second chair leaders is that this is their first responsibility. This [...]

Church Staffing Firms: What Are the Options?

November 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on Church Staffing Firms: What Are the Options?

The church is not properly educated when it comes to understanding what their options are in hiring a pastoral staffing firm. Until recently, there was really only one option: Retained Pastoral Search Firms. Understanding the [...]

A Preferred Hiring Path

September 28th, 2016|Comments Off on A Preferred Hiring Path

Do you have a preferred path for making a hire at your church? Everything works better with a plan, including the selection of your next team member. The author of this article wrote up these [...]

Podcast–David Fletcher on Next Generation Leaders

August 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Podcast–David Fletcher on Next Generation Leaders

David was featured on the unSeminary podcast. He talked with Rich Birch about a system for training and releasing next generation leaders. If you don't know UnSeminary yet, dive into their website for rich information on [...]

Four Ways to Turn Off Pastoral Candidates

April 23rd, 2016|Comments Off on Four Ways to Turn Off Pastoral Candidates

The hiring process of a new pastor or ministry director is like going to a school dance. When you know the candidate, the process is like a high school dance; if you don’t, then the [...]

Why the Apostle Paul Could Not Work at Your Church Today

January 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Why the Apostle Paul Could Not Work at Your Church Today

“I wasn’t able to lead my church during the Christmas Eve service this year.” It was just a few short weeks into the New Year and I was with a pastor friend from a neighboring [...]

Video: Should You Hire From Inside or Outside the Church?

October 14th, 2015|Comments Off on Video: Should You Hire From Inside or Outside the Church?

Whether you should hire from within or outside the church when a staff position becomes available is a common question. Truth is, there is no right or wrong answer. Listen as David Lyons, Founder of MinisterSearch, [...]

Personnel Policies and Procedures

October 9th, 2015|Comments Off on Personnel Policies and Procedures

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church—items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the Personnel Policies and Procedures from Parma Heights Baptist [...]

Five Common Search Committee Mistakes

October 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Five Common Search Committee Mistakes

In churches, universities and nonprofits across the country, search committees gather with high hopes and the intention to see a great leader chosen to lead their organization. None set out to fail, but in our [...]

Book Review: Necessary Endings

August 15th, 2015|Comments Off on Book Review: Necessary Endings

Necessary Endings is a “necessary” read for every church leader, regardless of denominational stripe. While the author and internationally renowned Dr. Henry Cloud intended this volume to promote personal and professional growth, it could have [...]

Video: Let’s Talk about Compensation and the Church

July 22nd, 2015|Comments Off on Video: Let’s Talk about Compensation and the Church

Talking about staff compensation should not be a taboo subject in the church. Compensation is very important to the long-term success of any staff member. Watch David Lyons, President of MinisterSearch, discuss this vital topic.

How to “Fire” a Church Volunteer

July 22nd, 2015|Comments Off on How to “Fire” a Church Volunteer

One question I frequently receive when talking about recruiting and retaining church volunteers is what to do about a volunteer who isn't working out. In other words, how do you “fire” a volunteer? This is obviously [...]

Fact: Insurance Costs a Lot and Can Be Very Complicated

July 14th, 2015|Comments Off on Fact: Insurance Costs a Lot and Can Be Very Complicated

I should preface this review of a somewhat painful education with the proclamation that some of the people I enjoy most in the world are insurance agents and brokers. With that said, I think I [...]

Leading from the Second Chair—Depression Inside the Church

July 10th, 2015|Comments Off on Leading from the Second Chair—Depression Inside the Church

I was a young 20-something, eager to get ahead, and interviewing for a promotion to Project Manager. My boss at the time gave me this little bit of wisdom as she described the role, “You’ll [...]

My Top Ten Tips of Advice to a Church Walking Through a Scandal

June 20th, 2015|Comments Off on My Top Ten Tips of Advice to a Church Walking Through a Scandal

Sadly, it appears church after church is having to respond to immoral actions of pastors falling from grace. It deeply grieves me and causes me to really hurt for those churches. Young Christians and seekers [...]

Employee Handbook

June 7th, 2015|Comments Off on Employee Handbook

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the Employee Handbook from Foothills Christian Church in El Cajon, [...]

Where Shall I Focus My Attention?

June 6th, 2015|Comments Off on Where Shall I Focus My Attention?

At the start of the XPastor Online Course on Operations 101--Staffing, I had been in my current role as Director of Ministry Operations at Calvary Bible Church for fourteen months. Calvary is a multi-campus church [...]

Human Resource Policy

June 5th, 2015|Comments Off on Human Resource Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the Human Resource Policy from Seven Mile Road Church in [...]

Personnel Policies

June 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Personnel Policies

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below are the Personnel Policies from Central Baptist Church of Hixon, [...]

Opportunity Profile

June 2nd, 2015|Comments Off on Opportunity Profile

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the Opportunity Profile for the Director of Worship [...]

Salary Grid Example

June 1st, 2015|Comments Off on Salary Grid Example

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is a sample of a Salary Grid from a church [...]

Should You Hire From Within?

January 26th, 2015|Comments Off on Should You Hire From Within?

Thinking of hiring internally? When a church needs to fill a staff position, one of the first questions is always, “Do we want to hire someone from somewhere else, or do we want to hire [...]

Questions for the New Year

December 27th, 2014|Comments Off on Questions for the New Year

The New Year brings new opportunities to focus our lives on what and who matters most. In my mentoring and consulting practice, I am working with my clients this month, helping them talk through their [...]

How to Deliver Bad News

November 24th, 2014|Comments Off on How to Deliver Bad News

We all love to deliver good news---a successful event, a budget overage, finishing a building project early and under budget, or a ministry initiative that exceeded expectations. But what do you do when you need [...]

Video: Opting Out of Social Security

September 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Video: Opting Out of Social Security

Should you opt out of Social Security? Did you know that you have to have a valid legal reason to make this choice? Are you aware of the requirements to opting out? Watch as David Middlebrook of Church [...]

Sabbatical Policy

September 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Sabbatical Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the 2005 Sabbatical Policy of the Westminster Church of [...]

Sabbatical Policy

September 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Sabbatical Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the Sabbatical Policy from Bel Air Presbyterian Church [...]

Five Reasons to Avoid Questionnaires When Hiring

December 29th, 2013|Comments Off on Five Reasons to Avoid Questionnaires When Hiring

Do you like filling out questionnaires? I don’t. The only time I fill them out is when I have no other choice. But what about when it comes to hiring? Is it a good idea [...]

Staff Compensation

October 4th, 2013|Comments Off on Staff Compensation

Determining how to compensate your church staff is not an easy task and we can easily find ourselves at one of two extremes. We can treat our church staff the same way many businesses treat [...]

The Termination Process

September 23rd, 2013|Comments Off on The Termination Process

Understanding that termination is a difficult process to execute, we as human beings never want to engage in those conversations. But before even approaching the process of termination, I looked through Scripture and found countless [...]

The Hiring Process

September 9th, 2013|Comments Off on The Hiring Process

One of the most exciting and challenging aspects of working together in a staff context is finding the right hire to fill an open position. The excitement comes from understanding that the staff group/team is [...]

True Confessions of a Decent Horse

August 30th, 2013|Comments Off on True Confessions of a Decent Horse

“My good Horse, you’ve lost nothing but your self-conceit. No, no, cousin. Don’t put back your ears and shake your mane at me. If you are really so humbled as you sounded a minute ago, [...]

A Ten Step Process for Hiring Church Staff

August 12th, 2013|Comments Off on A Ten Step Process for Hiring Church Staff

I’ve hired a handful of staff members in my time; however, I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’ve never committed the full process to paper—all in one place. After processing the XPastor Online Course material [...]

Eight Ways to Respond When Facing Rejection

August 7th, 2013|Comments Off on Eight Ways to Respond When Facing Rejection

You will learn more about a person’s character when they face rejection than when they face success. It’s easy to feel enthusiastic, fearless, and prideful when we feel successful. However, being rejected or feeling defeated [...]

Sabbatical On-Ramps and Off-Ramps

August 5th, 2013|Comments Off on Sabbatical On-Ramps and Off-Ramps

One of the keys to a successful sabbatical has nothing to do with what you do on your sabbatical itself, but everything to do with how you transition into and out of it. For twenty years I have [...]

Video: When Insurance Doesn’t Want to Pay

July 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Video: When Insurance Doesn’t Want to Pay

What should you do with a denied insurance claim that you believe is valid? David Middlebrook of the Church Law Group outlines helpful steps to start resolving a dispute in this video. David Middlebrook, and [...]

Book Review: Staff Your Church for Growth

July 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Book Review: Staff Your Church for Growth

Gary McIntosh’s book, Staff Your Church for Growth, is ambitious in its broad coverage of topics related to developing a team to lead a church---all within the context of the current dynamics of American culture, [...]

Book Review: All Rise—Church Staffing

June 26th, 2013|Comments Off on Book Review: All Rise—Church Staffing

I am not an XP yet, but I do hope to be one when I grow up. In my pursuit of knowledge about the role and the many areas an XP has to keep track [...]

Pastoral Review Plan and Forms

June 21st, 2013|Comments Off on Pastoral Review Plan and Forms

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and opportunity profiles. Below is the 2012 Pastoral Staff Evaluation Plan and forms [...]

The Interview Process and Sample Questions

June 17th, 2013|Comments Off on The Interview Process and Sample Questions

To get to the in-person stage of the interview process, the candidate has successfully gone through one or two phone interviews. Below are some ideas for how the in-person interviews should proceed. Included are some [...]

The Spiritual Benefits of a Sabbatical—For the Servant and the Kingdom

June 7th, 2013|Comments Off on The Spiritual Benefits of a Sabbatical—For the Servant and the Kingdom

Just the word Sabbatical conjures up all sorts of mystery. You might be contemplating whether you should take a sabbatical—if your church provides one for you. Perhaps you are thinking of asking for a sabbatical [...]

Interviewing the Church … While They Interview You

June 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Interviewing the Church … While They Interview You

I have worked at two different churches full-time and have learned, through my experiences, how and what to look for in a church. I do not consider myself to be an expert but want to [...]

Seven Warning Signs that Your Church Staff is in Trouble

May 5th, 2013|Comments Off on Seven Warning Signs that Your Church Staff is in Trouble

The caliber of your church staff is crucial to the long-term health of your church. Honing your ability as a leader and your church staff's ability to operate as a high functioning team takes work, [...]

Ministerial Housing Allowance

April 8th, 2013|Comments Off on Ministerial Housing Allowance

Our friends at GuideStone have collected vital questions about Ministerial Housing Allowances. They have let XPastor share this information. If you need more help with this or other financial and insurance issues, contact Barbara Medlin, Managing [...]

Employee Handbook

March 22nd, 2013|Comments Off on Employee Handbook

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Employee Handbook of Christ Community Church of Chicago, [...]

Before You Pay the Pastor

February 26th, 2013|Comments Off on Before You Pay the Pastor

What should church leaders note before structuring compensation plans? Compensation planning for clergy and other church staff presents several unique tax issues that are not well understood by many church leaders and their advisers. Here are [...]

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 [...]

Job Description—Campus Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Campus Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Campus Pastor at Southside Church, A [...]

Job Description—Church Administrator

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Church Administrator

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Church Administrator of Trinity Baptist Church in [...]

45 Job Descriptions

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on 45 Job Descriptions

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below are 45 job descriptions from the Central Baptist Church of Hixon, Tennessee. Also [...]

Job Description—Senior Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Senior Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the 2003 job description for the Senior Pastor of Wenatchee Free [...]

Job Description—Lead Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Lead Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Lead Pastor of Watermark Community Church [...]

Job Description—Senior Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Senior Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Senior Pastor of Stonebriar Community Church [...]

Job Description—Senior Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Senior Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Senior Pastor of Scofield Memorial Church [...]

Job Description—Senior Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Senior Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Senior Pastor of Northwest Bible Church [...]

Job Description—Senior Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Senior Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church [...]

Job Description—Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Pastor of Liberty Church in Tulsa, [...]

Job Description—Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Pastor of New Life Evangelical Free [...]

Job Description—Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the 2005 job description for the Executive Pastor of Grace Covenant Church [...]

Job Description—Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church [...]

Job Description—Executive Director of Ministries

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Director of Ministries

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Director of Ministries of Beechwood Church [...]

Job Description—Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Pastor of the First Evangelical Free [...]

Job Description—Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Pastor of Valley Community Baptist [...]

Job Description—Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Pastor of Richland Bible Church in [...]

Job Description—Pastor of Ministry Development

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Pastor of Ministry Development

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the 2005 job description for the Pastor of Ministry Development of [...]

Job Description—Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the 2004 job description for the Executive Pastor of Northwest Bible [...]

Job Description—Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Pastor of the Lutheran Church [...]

Job Description—Senior Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Senior Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Senior Pastor of Christ Church Evangelical [...]

Job Description—Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Pastor of Walnut Ridge Baptist Church [...]

Job Description—Senior Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Senior Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Senior Executive Pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, [...]

Job Description—Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in [...]

Job Description—Executive Minister

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Minister

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Minister at Central Church of Christ [...]

Job Description—Senior Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Senior Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the 2004 job description for the Senior Pastor of Wheatfield Neighborhood Church [...]

Job Description—Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Pastor of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in [...]

Job Description—Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church of [...]

Job Description—Senior Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Senior Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in [...]

Job Description—Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church [...]

Job Description—Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Pastor

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Pastor of Irving Bible Church in [...]

Job Description—Executive Director

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Director

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Executive Director of Bethany Community Church in [...]

Job Description—Business Administrator

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Business Administrator

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Business Administrator and Minister to Senior [...]

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing Job Descriptions

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on The Nuts and Bolts of Writing Job Descriptions

Job descriptions are written documents that facilitate good communication about what a person is to be doing and focusing on. If they are well thought through, well written, and referred to often, job descriptions will [...]

Staff Educational Assistance Policy

January 28th, 2013|Comments Off on Staff Educational Assistance Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Staff Educational Assistance Policy of the Wesleyan Church [...]

Staff Termination Exit Interview

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Staff Termination Exit Interview

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below are Exit Interview Questions from Old North Church of Canfield, Ohio that they [...]

Employment Application

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Employment Application

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, and opportunity profiles. Below is a link to an Employment Application from the Old North [...]

Employee Handbook

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Employee Handbook

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Employee Handbook of Old North Church of Canfield, [...]

Salary Disclosure Policy

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Salary Disclosure Policy

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms, applications and policies. Below is the 2001 Salary Disclosure Policy of BCF [...]

Personnel Handbook

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Personnel Handbook

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms, employment handbooks and ministry policies. Below is the Personnel Handbook of BCF [...]

Family on Staff Policy

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Family on Staff Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, employee handbooks, review forms and policies. Below is the 2001 Family on Staff Policy from [...]

Family on Staff Procedures

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Family on Staff Procedures

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, employee handbook, review forms and policies. Below are the 2007 Family on Staff Procedures [...]

Job Description—Executive Director of Ministries

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Job Description—Executive Director of Ministries

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is a 2008  job description for an Executive Director of Ministries; church, [...]

Conditions for Service

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Conditions for Service

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms, employee handbooks and policies. Below are the Conditions for Service at Bible [...]

Good Fit or Poor Fit: How Can You Tell?

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Good Fit or Poor Fit: How Can You Tell?

When Goldilocks visited the Three Bears’ house, she tried three different rocking chairs. Papa Bear’s was “too big,” she decided. Then Baby Bear’s broke into a dozen pieces under her weight. “Too small,” she declared [...]

Employee Manual

December 25th, 2012|Comments Off on Employee Manual

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Employee Manual of Northwest Bible Church of Dallas, [...]

Job Description—Elder

December 25th, 2012|Comments Off on Job Description—Elder

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Elders of Northwest Bible Church of Dallas, [...]

Opportunity Profile Example

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Opportunity Profile Example

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---one of these items is an Opportunity Profiles. An Opportunity Profile should be prepared to aid in orienting candidates to the [...]

Org Chart—Bent Tree Bible Fellowship

December 19th, 2012|Comments Off on Org Chart—Bent Tree Bible Fellowship

XPastor has collected various org charts from churches, to aid you in preparing your church's organizational structure. Below is a link to the org chart for Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Carrollton, Texas (over 3,000 [...]

Org Chart—Evangelical Free Church

December 19th, 2012|Comments Off on Org Chart—Evangelical Free Church

XPastor has collected various org charts from churches, to aid you in preparing your church's organizational structure. Below is the org chart for the Evangelical Free Church of Bloomington in Normal, Illinois (over 3,000 in [...]

Org Chart—Green Acres Baptist Church

December 19th, 2012|Comments Off on Org Chart—Green Acres Baptist Church

XPastor has collected various org charts from churches, with the desire to aid you in preparing your church's organizational structure. Below is the org chart for Green Acres Baptist Church In Tyler, Texas (over 3,000 [...]

Senior Leadership Review Form

December 18th, 2012|Comments Off on Senior Leadership Review Form

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and Opportunity Profiles. Below is a review form for the Senior Leadership from [...]

Personnel Manual

December 18th, 2012|Comments Off on Personnel Manual

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, employee manuals, review forms and policies. Below is the Personnel Manual of Village Bible [...]

The Hidden Step in Hiring: Get to Know “X”

December 18th, 2012|Comments Off on The Hidden Step in Hiring: Get to Know “X”

In my career, I have hired dozens and dozens of pastors, ministry directors and church workers. There are huge differences between hiring people in each one of these categories. To name just a few, there [...]

The Cost of Hiring Mistakes

December 18th, 2012|Comments Off on The Cost of Hiring Mistakes

In most churches, the ministry year begins September 1. Kids get promoted to new classrooms, youth programs have new plans and preachers begin a new series. Many people decide to find a church in September. [...]

Suggestions for Writing Church Policies

December 17th, 2012|Comments Off on Suggestions for Writing Church Policies

Every XP deals with church policy. Some of you love them, others tolerate it, while others avoid it like a plague. But every church needs them. When writing policies for your church, keep in mind [...]

Strengthening Your Staff

December 17th, 2012|Comments Off on Strengthening Your Staff

As an experienced executive pastor, and as the founder of XPastor, I often have people contact me with questions about ministry. One of the most frequent issues that church leaders bring to me is about [...]

Raises for Your Staff

December 17th, 2012|Comments Off on Raises for Your Staff

At least once a year, you have the wonderful and terrible role of determining raises. Certainly it is wonderful. You have the opportunity to reward people for their hard work and great performance. I love [...]

Church Policy and Procedures

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Policy and Procedures

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below are the Policy and Procedures of The Sanctuary Fellowship of [...]

Staff Service Award Policy

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Staff Service Award Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the 2012 Staff Service Award Policy of the First [...]

Sabbatical Policy

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Sabbatical Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the 2006 Sabbatical Policy of Grace Covenant Church of [...]

Employee Handbook

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Employee Handbook

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the Employee Handbook from Wildwood Church in East Moline, Illinois. [...]

Sabbatical Policy

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Sabbatical Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the Sabbatical Leave Policy from Old North Church of [...]

Opportunity Profile Example

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Opportunity Profile Example

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the 2005 Opportunity Profile from Grace Covenant Church in [...]

Honing a Church Staff

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Honing a Church Staff

By definition, leaders build teams. One cannot be a leader unless others follow. In a similar vein—and again by definition—a church involves a plurality of people. One person cannot operate as a church. It takes a team [...]

Leading Through a Senior Pastor Transition

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Leading Through a Senior Pastor Transition

Nothing jolts a church quite like the resignation of its senior pastor. Shock, disbelief, confusion, disappointment. And that’s just the get-go of the attending reactions and emotions. While the inner circle of leadership may see [...]

Get the Most From Your Sabbatical

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Get the Most From Your Sabbatical

Recently, our church gave my wife and I the gift of an eight-week sabbatical. It exceeded my expectations, by a long shot. My last sabbatical was devoted to writing a dissertation. Thankfully, this one was quite [...]

“Calvin Grads Dominate 2006 Pastors’ Draft”

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on “Calvin Grads Dominate 2006 Pastors’ Draft”

Never forget to laugh! Here is some great fun from Joel Kilpatrick, founder of Larknews.com. You don't know about Lark News?  It's a Christian version of The Onion ... so put on your sense of [...]

Free Minister’s 2013 Tax Guide

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Free Minister’s 2013 Tax Guide

Our friends at GuideStone Financial Resources are making this resource available to the XPastor community. They are committed sponsors of the XP-Seminar each year and have given us great help in our retirement planning. Enjoy this [...]

Developmental Paradigms for Leaders

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Developmental Paradigms for Leaders

My developmental paradigm for leaders is assess, challenge and support. The threefold paradigm of assess, challenge and support comes from The Handbook of Leadership Development (McCauley, Moxley, and Velsor, editors). The assessment needs to be honest and [...]

Paying the XP: How Much is Enough?

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Paying the XP: How Much is Enough?

Everybody struggles with it. Everybody seemingly wants more of it. So how much should we pay our church leaders? This article is drawn from the responses of 135 Executive Pastors about their base salary. Consider the following [...]

How to Get Hired at a Large Church

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on How to Get Hired at a Large Church

David Fletcher gave this PowerPoint presentation at Dallas Seminary in 2002. There was a "snappy" discussion on the topic that was highly animated at times. This 28-slide PDF begins to explore some of the issues of getting [...]

Ten Steps to Hiring Great Pastors and Directors

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Ten Steps to Hiring Great Pastors and Directors

Executive Pastors face an enormous challenge—hiring great staff. An XP called me because he had a hiring dilemma. “I think that I have a great candidate, but I need your input.” In working with church [...]

The Chapel’s Budget Cuts—Cutting $750,000 in Staff

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Chapel’s Budget Cuts—Cutting $750,000 in Staff

Due to the failing economy and a decline in attendance numbers, The Chapel in Akron, Ohio needed to make budget cuts. They had to trim $760,000 from their staff budget … which meant laying off [...]

Caesar Takes a Pastor’s Salary

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Caesar Takes a Pastor’s Salary

Few issues are as misunderstood, abused and confused as the tax implications of a pastor’s salary. The issue is so different from compensation in the business world that some CPA’s have given errant advice to [...]

How to Hire: The In-Person Interview

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on How to Hire: The In-Person Interview

There are many steps to successfully hiring a new pastor or director. In the first five steps of the process, you have posted the job, received resumes and conducted interviews by telephone. The sixth step [...]

Sabbatical: Siesta, Study or Sayonara? Summary Article

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Sabbatical: Siesta, Study or Sayonara? Summary Article

“I talked about my sabbatical from the pulpit,” said Pastor Mark Brewer. “I even brought up the Elders at each of the three services, and brought up all of the pastoral staff. But, the congregation [...]

Sabbatical: Siesta, Study or Sayonara?

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Sabbatical: Siesta, Study or Sayonara?

“I talked about my sabbatical from the pulpit,” said Pastor Mark Brewer. “I even brought up the Elders at each of the three services, and brought up all of the pastoral staff. But, the congregation still had [...]

A Contrarian’s Journey through Staff Evaluations

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on A Contrarian’s Journey through Staff Evaluations

I never would have called myself a contrarian until recently. Now I can look back and see the seeds of it being planted in my college years during the turbulent ‘60s. The school of architecture [...]

The Business of Church

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Business of Church

There is a distinctly business-like aspect to overseeing a church: churches have assets to manage, employees to pay, and members who rightfully demand accountability for their financial contributions. The business side of church leadership is [...]

Hiring 101: How the “Great” Ones Do It

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Hiring 101: How the “Great” Ones Do It

Hiring. Just saying the word out loud for many pastors produces audible groans, pained expressions and rolling eyes. Hiring. Everyone knows it’s a necessity; hardly anyone sees it as glamorous. Yet a few, perhaps, see in it [...]

Hiring For Right Fit

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Hiring For Right Fit

An important word when talking about hiring is chemistry. And it seems to me that there’s hardly a topic that could be more important or relevant for today. Every winning sports team seems to have and talk [...]

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 [...]

How to Hold Difficult Conversations

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on How to Hold Difficult Conversations

Holding a tough conversation is arguably a leader’s most difficult and draining responsibility. Many leaders dread these talks … and understandably so. But strange as it may seem, a tough conversation can be the most [...]

Senator Andrew Weiner and You: What to do With Fallen Employees

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Senator Andrew Weiner and You: What to do With Fallen Employees

You lay down in bed to read a bit before going to sleep when the phone rings. You freeze momentarily as your stomach tightens. A quick glance at the clock reminds you it’s after eleven. [...]

Hiring: Last Step, Best Step

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Hiring: Last Step, Best Step

In the art of hiring the right candidate for a position, I’ve found that the last step is the most important. After all the work of creating a position, describing it accurately, and reviewing numerous [...]

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 [...]

The Secret of Improving Staff Performance

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Secret of Improving Staff Performance

I really hesitated using that title but I did because I get so many questions related to staff performance. Every XP I know deals with this issue of getting people to do better and do [...]

The XP Mentoring Checklist

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The XP Mentoring Checklist

One of the greatest privileges of serving as an Executive Pastor is the opportunity we have to come alongside men and women and help them develop in their leadership. The first few months of the [...]

Leading Self Through Painful Transitions

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Leading Self Through Painful Transitions

For the past two months, I have been coaching several XPs who have been asked to resign their positions. Transition is never easy and usually makes the honor roll for experiencing pain and suffering in [...]

Let’s Prune Some Ministries!

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Let’s Prune Some Ministries!

Executive Pastors get excited about the opportunity to flex their catalyst muscles to launch ministries in the church. But most tend to lose enthusiasm when it comes time to do some pruning. Ministries are living [...]

The Fun and Fright of a 360 Evaluation

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Fun and Fright of a 360 Evaluation

I still remember the day when I received the results of my 360 performance evaluation as an XP. I seriously wanted to either quit or beat the stuffing out of someone (in a Christian sort of [...]

When Hiring a Worship Pastor

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on When Hiring a Worship Pastor

This article is for Senior Pastors and Executive Pastors that are involved in the hiring process. For some of you, you’ve been there, done that and have some great insights to share with us. For [...]

The Crash: A Journey to Accepting a New Staff Position

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Crash: A Journey to Accepting a New Staff Position

On a family trip out west, my family and I were traveling home for Christmas. After four hours of traveling, we heard a loud noise outside the car. We were traveling at seventy miles per [...]

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 [...]