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Leaders in your church can take on different shapes. They can be elders, deacons, parking attendants or Sunday School teachers. How can you encourage these leaders and make sure that they are taking care of themselves—spiritually, emotionally and physically? Are they participating regularly in worship? Are they living a balanced life?

 

Why Churches Love to be Centralized

April 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Why Churches Love to be Centralized

Think about your church for a minute. How are decisions made? Not the little ones, like who’s going to watch the two-year-olds next weekend, but the big ones: should we start that new ministry, how [...]

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 [...]

Four Types of Churches That Will Soon Die

November 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Four Types of Churches That Will Soon Die

Death is not a topic we enjoy. Death of churches is not a topic I enjoy. You see, I love the local church. I love it, despite its flaws, sins and hypocrisies. Jesus loves me [...]

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 [...]

Twelve Questions to Ask a Potential Church Secret Shopper

September 13th, 2016|Comments Off on Twelve Questions to Ask a Potential Church Secret Shopper

I can't tell you how many times I've had a meeting with a pastor, told him what I do as a consultant and watched him perk up. I recently had a meeting with a Senior [...]

Seven Keys to a Successful Church Event

August 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on Seven Keys to a Successful Church Event

From Back-to-School parties, to Thanksgiving outreaches, Christmas Eve candlelight services and more, churches host many events throughout the year. These special events are a great way to reach more people, disciple various groups within the [...]

Two Vital Questions in Decision-Making

August 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Two Vital Questions in Decision-Making

Few Christian leaders set out to promote or speak falsehood. I believe that falsehood among Christian leaders comes about more often by omission than commission (what is allowed to remain undone versus what is done [...]

14 Leadership Principles from Amazon and How They Apply to Your Church

June 9th, 2016|Comments Off on 14 Leadership Principles from Amazon and How They Apply to Your Church

Amazon continues to be a force in our culture. In the run up to Christmas, they sold 426 items per second! I just finished reading Brad Stone’s fascinating study of Amazon called The Everything Store. [...]

How to Lead Change in a Church

March 16th, 2016|Comments Off on How to Lead Change in a Church

Do you want change? Most people will say they don’t. If they do, generally it’s limited to changing a small section of their lives. When it comes to our organizations, as well as our careers, change [...]

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 [...]

7 Key Principles for Leading a Meeting

January 12th, 2016|Comments Off on 7 Key Principles for Leading a Meeting

You spend a great deal of money on team meetings. Add the salaries and benefits of everyone invited to a meeting. Divide that total by 2,080, the number of work hours in a year.  You [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Leadership Challenges of Leaders in Industry and the Church

August 14th, 2015|Comments Off on Leadership Challenges of Leaders in Industry and the Church

Throughout my many years of ministry, I have had the opportunity to coach executives of Fortune 500 companies and church leaders. My vantage point is fascinating; I enjoy the challenge of identifying best practices that [...]

Strategic Alignment Unleashes the Church

August 6th, 2015|Comments Off on Strategic Alignment Unleashes the Church

While circulating in our church atrium, greeting people as they strolled in for Sunday worship, a woman came up to me and timidly asked, “Do you remember me?” I had to apologize for not recognizing [...]

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 [...]

The Secret of Winning Senior Pastor-Executive Pastor Relationships

May 25th, 2015|Comments Off on The Secret of Winning Senior Pastor-Executive Pastor Relationships

What ingredients make an effective senior leadership team? There's no better person to ask than Jimmy Collins, past president of Chick-fil-A. Collins was second-in-command under Truett Cathy, the man who invented the chicken sandwich. Together, [...]

The Hidden Sources of Church Conflict

May 14th, 2015|Comments Off on The Hidden Sources of Church Conflict

Pastor, can you pinpoint the hidden sources of conflict in your congregation? If not, how will you manage them? Thankfully, you’re not left to your own devices on this one! The Bible lays it out pretty clearly. I [...]

News Release: Succession Planning Video Library

December 28th, 2014|Comments Off on News Release: Succession Planning Video Library

Are you a ministry leader looking for practical insight and direction on the topic of succession planning? If so, I would like to make you aware of a new resource offered by Succession Framework℠. They [...]

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 [...]

Five Commandments of Pastoral Succession Planning

September 1st, 2014|Comments Off on Five Commandments of Pastoral Succession Planning

The truth is that we are all interim pastors. There will come a day when you are no longer the pastor of your church. The key to a successful pastoral succession plan is to start [...]

Make the Most of Your Meetings

July 24th, 2014|Comments Off on Make the Most of Your Meetings

Meetings. And lots of them! You know what I’m talking about. Meetings are a reality of life and leadership. We’ve all been in meetings that were engaging, stimulating, and productive. And we’ve all been in [...]

Six Secrets for Fulfilling Vision

June 16th, 2014|Comments Off on Six Secrets for Fulfilling Vision

This month my vision for serving and supporting leaders took a huge step! For several years, I have been working toward launching an annual event for business, government, non-profit, and ministry leaders. Like most endeavors, [...]

Overcoming Irrelevance

May 24th, 2014|Comments Off on Overcoming Irrelevance

Moving from the rural Midwest to Southern California changes your definition of “normal.” When the move includes connecting with a church that’s twice the size of the town you moved from, the redefinition demands a [...]

Book Excerpt: Strange Leadership

April 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Book Excerpt: Strange Leadership

My top two spiritual gifts are leadership and administration, so the subject of organization is something I love and gravitate toward. If you have the spiritual gift of administration, you love structure, systems, processes, and [...]

Church Alignment—Can Your Ship Take You Where You Want to Go?

April 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Church Alignment—Can Your Ship Take You Where You Want to Go?

Each of us has big things we want to accomplish. At the end of the day, some of us accomplish those things. Others do not. Why? It all boils down to alignment. Simply put, alignment [...]

Meetings Are Lame: Seven Suggestions on Making Them Better

April 8th, 2014|Comments Off on Meetings Are Lame: Seven Suggestions on Making Them Better

The majority of meetings are lame. They suck the time, energy, and productivity right out of you and your team. Plus, too many ministries have way too many meetings to begin with. Realistically, we are [...]

Eight Kinds of People Who Should Not Serve on a Church Board

February 12th, 2014|Comments Off on Eight Kinds of People Who Should Not Serve on a Church Board

Not everyone is qualified to serve on a church board and choosing the wrong people condemns the board to dishealth and frustration for years to come. It is easy to put someone on a board [...]

Doing More Ministry with Less—While Still Keeping Boundaries

February 11th, 2014|Comments Off on Doing More Ministry with Less—While Still Keeping Boundaries

Recently, Matt Branaugh of Christianity Today interviewed David Fletcher, asking a variety of questions for Executive Pastors, including his thoughts on compensation increases, health care coverage, giving trends, staff ratios, and the importance of having [...]

Five Deficiencies That Stifle Church Growth

January 21st, 2014|Comments Off on Five Deficiencies That Stifle Church Growth

Emerging research tells us that successful turnaround pastors differ from their colleagues in temperament and emotional intelligence. The data imply an easy way for pastors to avoid the many challenges of a growing church. All [...]

Ten Common Vision and Momentum Killers

January 16th, 2014|Comments Off on Ten Common Vision and Momentum Killers

First of all, I believe momentum is usually a byproduct of great vision … and great vision needs momentum to move forward. There is definitely a relationship between vision and momentum. For context, I define [...]

Every Single Problem is a Leadership Problem

December 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Every Single Problem is a Leadership Problem

Recently, I was talking to Kevin Peck, the Lead Pastor of Austin Stone Church. Back in 2005, they were a church of about 800 in worship. Now they have six campuses with about 6,000 or so [...]

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: The Effective Executive

November 6th, 2013|Comments Off on Book Review: The Effective Executive

Peter Drucker’s goal in The Effective Executive seems so simple; as he states in the preface, “The subject of this book is managing oneself for effectiveness.” It does not take long to realize, however, that [...]

Strategic Stewardship—So the Bucks Won’t Stop Here

November 1st, 2013|Comments Off on Strategic Stewardship—So the Bucks Won’t Stop Here

It has been said that there are three kinds of leaders—the kind that makes things happen, the kind that watches things happen, and the kind that asks, “What just happened?” The shifting economy demands that [...]

Seven Reasons Why You’re Not Getting a Stage Announcement

October 30th, 2013|Comments Off on Seven Reasons Why You’re Not Getting a Stage Announcement

One of the most challenging things in service planning for pastors and communication leaders can be managing stage announcements. Without a system and strategy in place, you can quickly find yourself stuck in a rhythm [...]

Improve the Chances of “Winning” the Year

October 14th, 2013|Comments Off on Improve the Chances of “Winning” the Year

As an avid sports fan, one aspect of coaching that I always look forward to evaluating is halftime adjustments. These adjustments can be the difference between victory and defeat, especially in closely-contested match-ups of two [...]

How to Communicate Effectively on Any Budget

October 11th, 2013|Comments Off on How to Communicate Effectively on Any Budget

Do you want to be more effective as a church? Few things will give you a better return on your investment than improving communications. Communications isn’t about spending a lot of money. Rather it’s about [...]

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 [...]

Funding the Vision: The Role of Clarity in Financial Reporting

September 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Funding the Vision: The Role of Clarity in Financial Reporting

When it comes to funding your ministry and reporting on the finances of your church, few questions matter more. Making clarity your passion as you communicate your church’s finances equips the people of your church [...]

Book Review: Deep & Wide

September 4th, 2013|Comments Off on Book Review: Deep & Wide

Andy Stanley is fed up. He is fed up with churches that are more interested in protecting the way “we have always done it.” He is fed up with churches that invest millions of dollars [...]

It is Not Good … But It Can Be

August 21st, 2013|Comments Off on It is Not Good … But It Can Be

In The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber recognizes three primary roles in any successful business: the entrepreneur, the manager, and the technician. He describes these roles but is more concerned that small businesses fulfill all three and [...]

Planning to Weather the Storm

August 14th, 2013|Comments Off on Planning to Weather the Storm

The only good thing I can say about hurricanes is, unlike many other of nature’s forces, they give you some time to prepare. Preparation, however, means different things to different people---some stay, some evacuate, some shutter [...]

Becoming a 360 Degree Leader

August 9th, 2013|Comments Off on Becoming a 360 Degree Leader

The question we all have as we lead is how can we make a lasting impact. What I have learned over the years is that to make a lasting impact, you have to learn how to [...]

How to Budget in a Changing Economy

July 31st, 2013|Comments Off on How to Budget in a Changing Economy

For years, budget planning followed the same pattern for many ministries: Review last year’s budget, gather all wish lists, and increase the budget accordingly. Then we were hit with the worst recession in decades, and [...]

“Second Chair” Leadership: How to be a Superstar Executive Pastor

July 15th, 2013|Comments Off on “Second Chair” Leadership: How to be a Superstar Executive Pastor

I’ve been somebody’s “Number Two Guy” for the majority of my career. I’ve been someone’s “Commander Riker” to their “Captain Picard” for almost twenty years. And, yes, I realize I’m dating myself with this analogy—Star [...]

Overtime and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

June 27th, 2013|Comments Off on Overtime and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Do you believe in slavery? Because we believe in the dignity of all people, we have enacted various laws to protect our workers. Whether you want to read this article or not, you need to! [...]

Boundaries for Youth Leaders

June 19th, 2013|Comments Off on Boundaries for Youth Leaders

It seems like a regular occurrence that I hear about a youth pastor or a youth leader messing up with a teenager sexually. It is sad, but it is the reality. The reality is simple. [...]

Newly in Charge of Unresolved Issues

June 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Newly in Charge of Unresolved Issues

When I accepted the role of Executive Pastor at EvFree Fullerton two months ago, everybody forgot to tell me that I would be the staff contact on the Worship Center remodeling project. I started getting [...]

14 Leadership Lessons from an Orchestra Director

May 20th, 2013|Comments Off on 14 Leadership Lessons from an Orchestra Director

I think everybody has a certain perception of symphony orchestra directors, especially the top-end professionals. People probably view them as suave, sophisticated, jet-setters who have a pretty cushy job (yeah, sure, that’s me!) While that [...]

If Nothing Changes … Nothing Changes!

May 8th, 2013|Comments Off on If Nothing Changes … Nothing Changes!

Change is hard. No, I mean real change is really hard! Oh sure, we all dream, imagine or wish that something in our lives will be different or better tomorrow; but taking the steps necessary [...]

The Power of Being Direct

February 28th, 2013|Comments Off on The Power of Being Direct

You know the feeling. Something is wrong. You’re the leader. You really should say something about it. But confronting someone is the last thing you feel like doing. You consider your options. Perhaps you can [...]

The Heart of an Executive Pastor

January 31st, 2013|Comments Off on The Heart of an Executive Pastor

"God has blessed me with the heart of a pastor, and I love people," says Olson, 48, who joined the Lake Avenue Church staff last summer after eighteen years in ministry at Rolling Hills Covenant [...]

Vision Statement

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Vision Statement

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 Vision Statement of Northwest Bible Church of Dallas, [...]

Deacon Policy

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Deacon 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 2001 Deacon Policy of Northwest Bible Church of [...]

Four Questions for the Fall

December 17th, 2012|Comments Off on Four Questions for the Fall

Your ministry plans for the fall are either in full “implementation mode” or you are up to your upper thighs in alligators! As I write, our church is in the midst of two weeks of [...]

Change or Die

December 17th, 2012|Comments Off on Change or Die

In America we have the popular maxim, Change or Die. Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun, showing our popular American phrase has its roots in Greek antiquity. Heraclitus said, "Everything changes, πάντα χωρεῖ." [...]

Iron Leadership

December 15th, 2012|Comments Off on Iron Leadership

In the early ’90s, I was shepherding a small Baptist church in rural Canada. In those days, being single, I lived with various families in the community. One family who owned their own meat production business [...]

The Ten Ingredients for Creating a Mountaintop Experience

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on The Ten Ingredients for Creating a Mountaintop Experience

I recently stumbled upon something quite remarkable. My son’s marching band had just performed its last show of the season. They were in serious finals competition with the best bands from the Pacific Northwest. The [...]

The Spiritual DNA of a Church

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on The Spiritual DNA of a Church

David Fletcher wrote this when he was an Executive Pastor at Grace Covenant Church of Austin, Texas. By writing down your church's "Spiritual DNA," you are putting in print what may only be oral tradition. [...]

Generational Leadership: Our Success is Our People

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Generational Leadership: Our Success is Our People

What would you say your most valuable asset is? For most leaders, the answer is (of course) their people. But as “twentysomethings” share the boardroom with Vietnam veterans, assumptions fly about what the other person [...]

Servant Leadership in the Life of an XP

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Servant Leadership in the Life of an XP

Remember the old Beatle’s song—All You Need Is Love?” Who knew then that John Lennon and the rest of the Beatles were all over what the Bible has to say to us as leaders? As Executive [...]

Leadership on Evangelism

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Leadership on Evangelism

John Maxwell says that everything rises or falls on leadership. Let’s test that idea on the topic of evangelism and see if it’s true. I have worked alongside pastors and ministry leaders my entire adult career. It [...]

A Biblical View of Administrative Leadership

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on A Biblical View of Administrative Leadership

Church administration is an organizational approach that translates the purposes of God revealed to church leadership into effective ministry that reaches the unique goals and purposes of the church. Administration is ministry, not methods; people, [...]

Change is Inevitable: Who Likes It?

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Change is Inevitable: Who Likes It?

It is said that change is an inevitable part of life; it is inescapable. My experience can certainly attest to this old adage. As Gail Sheehy once said, “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. [...]

​Types of Leadership: Vision, Management, Governance

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on ​Types of Leadership: Vision, Management, Governance

Churches just might be the least clarified organizations in our society; I believe one of the reasons is a lack of understanding among these three types of leadership—vision, management, and governance. Recently, God has given me numerous opportunities [...]

God-Honoring Worship Changes

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on God-Honoring Worship Changes

Autumn Ridge Church recently celebrated its 150th anniversary; this has provided a wonderful opportunity for us---to remember with gratitude those who have come before us and to look forward to the ways in which God [...]

Leading Through Change Without Splitting the Church

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Leading Through Change Without Splitting the Church

Change---it really is hard. There are some words in church that are just inflammatory. Uttering the word “change” is the church equivalent of yelling shark at the beach. One of the reasons may be that many times, [...]

The Ultimate Leadership Paradox

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The Ultimate Leadership Paradox

Whether you realize it or not, being in the "second chair" is the ultimate leadership paradox. You are a leader: mentoring staff members, overseeing the day-to-day operations, and ensuring that the organization is running smoothly. [...]

Four Characteristics of Growing Churches

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Four Characteristics of Growing Churches

I caught a flight out of Denver, still celebrating the ministry impact that was clearly evident at the church I had just visited. As I traveled, I began to compare and contrast it with other [...]

The Executive Pastor: Key to Future Leader Development

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The Executive Pastor: Key to Future Leader Development

If you ask most Executive Pastors to show you their radars, they'd look a lot like FAA snapshots charting planes in flight across the country. While I know you're as stressed as a control tower [...]

Issues with Women in Ministry

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Issues with Women in Ministry

A seasoned pastor offered an honest comment as I opened a workshop on the topic of developing a written church Position Statement regarding women in ministry: “This is the burning issue in my church. My congregation and the [...]

Leading and Managing through Change

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Leading and Managing through Change

I'm sure you've had unexpected changes that came into your life over the years, some which were good, while others were not so good. As you face these changes, some of which may have felt [...]

Why Isn’t Our Church Growing?

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Why Isn’t Our Church Growing?

I have had the opportunity to visit many churches over the last several months, both in the DC metropolitan area and in different parts of the country. Many of these churches are filled with good [...]

Strategic Planning for Leadership

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Strategic Planning for Leadership

In Harvard Business Review, Michael Porter underlines the importance of strategic planning for leaders when he writes, “If you want to make a difference as a leader, you’ve got to make time for strategic planning.” [...]

Knowing God in Times of Risk

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Knowing God in Times of Risk

Warning! Danger! Hazards ahead! God at work! Live at your own risk! Risk. The only way we can know God. You see it from one end of the Bible to the other. Look at the names in the Hebrews 11 Hall [...]

Succession Thoughts

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Succession Thoughts

Jeff Jones succeeded Gene Getz---the founder of the Bible Fellowship Church movement---as the Senior Pastor of the Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas. Their transition was a smooth, well-planned process.  Below are some thoughts from Jeff [...]

Will the Role of Deacon Fade Into the Sunset?

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Will the Role of Deacon Fade Into the Sunset?

Ingleside Baptist Church is not your typical Southern Baptist church ... anymore. Ingleside is a large, healthy, growing, and progressive church in Macon, Georgia. Macon is a small-ish town in central Georgia with a population of approximately [...]

A Deacon Ministry on Steroids

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on A Deacon Ministry on Steroids

"Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons" (Phil. 1:1, NIV, emphasis added). The role of deacon varies from congregation to congregation in churches across America. [...]

The Fruits of Intentional Planning

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Fruits of Intentional Planning

It’s that time of year again when, as a church staff, we prayerfully consider how we are going to take our vision as a church to the next level---how will we divide and allocate our [...]

Exit of a Founding Pastor

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Exit of a Founding Pastor

One of the greatest challenges in the business world is the exit of the founder of a corporation. Consider the words of Professor Noam Wasserman of the Harvard Business School: "My research focuses on founder frustrations in [...]

How Vision Sets the Budget: A Glimpse at the Largest Church in America

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on How Vision Sets the Budget: A Glimpse at the Largest Church in America

With anguish in his voice, Bill said, “It’s budget time again at our church. I get so tired of working through these numbers. The pile of papers seems endless. How do I get off of [...]

The Paperless Office—Not Even a Paperclip

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Paperless Office—Not Even a Paperclip

Julie was an endearing, young missionary who had a fantastic ministry that I was dying to learn about. Julie came into my office and was on the verge of tears. I asked her what was [...]

Changing Our Church Name

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Changing Our Church Name

Richland Bible Church is located in the small West Michigan town of Richland, about nine miles northeast of Kalamazoo. The church was organized in March of 1983, when 75 people came together to form a [...]

Church Health in the Three Organizational Structures

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Health in the Three Organizational Structures

Volunteers needed, Men’s Breakfast, retreat, trip, work day, financial report, etc. It is the stuff of church life. Often ministries will advertise their programs as just another thing on the calendar. Other ministries will have [...]

Empowerment: The Craving of Our Volunteers

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Empowerment: The Craving of Our Volunteers

What do you do when you find yourself in desperate situations where you know what you are trying isn’t working. I liken it to a battlefield where you are seeing your core, key men and [...]

Twelve Leadership Insights from Young Life Camp

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Twelve Leadership Insights from Young Life Camp

If you keep your eyes open, you will find excellent leadership going on all around you. This was definitely the case when Young Life invited me to be a guest at one of their camps [...]

When a Catalyst is Not a Catalyst

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on When a Catalyst is Not a Catalyst

We had just hired a new pastor who was to focus on leading our church in the areas of worship and arts. He’d been in our church a little over a month. Had great ideas. [...]

What Makes for a Happy New Year?

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on What Makes for a Happy New Year?

January always brings an interesting challenge for XP’s. As we return to the office from the holidays, we begin to realize anew that the gang needs us to lead them, once again. Circulating through the [...]

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 [...]

Leadership Assessment Tools

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Leadership Assessment Tools

Nathan Baxter is a former Executive Pastor that has a heart for mentoring. One tool that he uses as he helps pastors is the Birkman Leadership Assessment Tools. Here Nathan outlines some of the available assessments, [...]

Breaking the News, Without Breaking the Leader

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Breaking the News, Without Breaking the Leader

One of my more challenging tasks as a leadership coach is to figure out a way to break the news to an Executive Pastor or Senior Pastor that they may not be doing as well [...]

Fostering a Leadership Culture

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Fostering a Leadership Culture

One of the unspoken responsibilities for Executive Pastors is creating environments where leaders in the church are developed and new leaders are attracted to join the team. Most churches that are audited come up short [...]

Flat Tire Leadership Team

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Flat Tire Leadership Team

Earlier this year, I experienced an incredible breakthrough in my working relationship with my Senior Pastor ... honesty! I have the highest respect for my pastor and basically joined the leadership team because of my [...]

The Manure Leadership Principle

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Manure Leadership Principle

I’d like to teach you something that I learned as a kid growing up on a horse ranch. I call it the Manure Leadership Principle. I’m surprised how many Executive Pastors are familiar with manure since [...]

Leader-Follower Trust

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Leader-Follower Trust

George Barna contends that respect, understanding and appreciation for pastors have fallen to their lowest level over the last decades. Moreover, the author claims that a church member’s trust in their pastor---to understand and address [...]

Leadership Through Vision

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Leadership Through Vision

As church leaders, we are tasked with challenging our members to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ and go further in their ministry. Most of us learned early in our ministry that the best [...]

Lessons from a Church “Secret Shopper”

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Lessons from a Church “Secret Shopper”

Recently we had the hallway in our home painted by some professional painters. We were constantly reminded of this each time we left and returned to our house. You see, once we spent enough time [...]

Family Turmoil and Church Leadership

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Family Turmoil and Church Leadership

It’s Sunday and you and your spouse have had a wonderful morning worshipping at church. You are one of the key leaders on staff. You are curious because your 21-year-old daughter missed church that morning. [...]

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 [...]