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We’ve all heard the analogy that leading pastors is like “herding cats.” Leading a leader can be an adventure. But rookie pastors need mentoring—and the old-timer pastors sometimes need a fire put under them to help get them out of their “this-is-how-we’ve-always-done-it” mentality. Articles by experienced Executive Pastors and other church leaders can help you find direction.

 

What Makes a Great Campus Pastor?

November 1st, 2016|Comments Off on What Makes a Great Campus Pastor?

Ask any multisite church leader today what the most important component is in multisiting and the overwhelming answer is the campus pastor. When I went to Willow Creek in the year 2000 to pioneer the multisite strategy, [...]

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 [...]

Stress Relief for Pastors and Leaders

December 27th, 2014|Comments Off on Stress Relief for Pastors and Leaders

Does it feel like helping others is sometimes hurting you more? Are you taking deliberate steps to manage stress in your life? Everyone experiences stress. Even good events like weddings, births, and graduations create stressful conditions. [...]

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 [...]

Great Coaching Conversations with Key Players

August 5th, 2014|Comments Off on Great Coaching Conversations with Key Players

Do you know how to have a coaching conversation with your key players? It’s scary to think about the amount the time we spend talking to staff members and key volunteers on any given week. [...]

Nine Habits of Highly Successful Mentoring

May 14th, 2014|Comments Off on Nine Habits of Highly Successful Mentoring

A few years ago, after I gave my first training program to a group of six people, I remember the words of one woman. She appreciated my willingness to share whatever I knew. When I [...]

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 [...]

Ten Approaches to the Interim Pastor’s Sermon Application

August 19th, 2013|Comments Off on Ten Approaches to the Interim Pastor’s Sermon Application

The preacher’s job is to get people to see themselves in the mirror of God’s Word (James 1:22-25). But this can become a tough challenge for interim pastors. The developmental tasks before the church shapes [...]

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, [...]

The Top 8 Things Churches Should Learn From TV Newsrooms

January 6th, 2013|Comments Off on The Top 8 Things Churches Should Learn From TV Newsrooms

How do you feel that moment when your favorite TV show is abruptly interrupted, urgent music begins and a giant Special Report graphic appears? There’s nothing more exciting than being part of the team that [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Multiple Staff Relationship

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The Multiple Staff Relationship

The vast majority of churches have only one pastor, but increasingly there are churches with multiple staffs. With this in mind let me talk first about the role of the Senior Pastor, followed by thoughts [...]

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 [...]

Six Practices That Draw the Best Out of Your People

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Six Practices That Draw the Best Out of Your People

How can you draw the best out of your church staff? What are some ways to create a great, healthy staff environment? Below is a presentation created by Steve Liparoto, outlining the various practices that [...]

From XP to SP, With Plenty of Change In Between

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on From XP to SP, With Plenty of Change In Between

The winds of change had been blowing for several years. Not in response to a particular problem, a mid-life crisis nor a lack of ministry fulfillment. Rather, it was a persistent, gentle unsettledness, resulting in a re-evaluation [...]

Thinking About Mentoring

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Thinking About Mentoring

Our discussions on coaching and mentoring tend to go directly to techniques, but I’d like to consider for a moment the way we think about mentoring. Even though my context is a mission agency instead [...]

From Vision to Execution

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on From Vision to Execution

Wherever you go today, everyone is talking about vision. Vision is the current buzzword. It's the discussion in boardrooms, in executive offices and in management-consulting firms. It's the leading topic of discussion in synods, and [...]

How About Followership?

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on How About Followership?

From the biblical examples of Moses, Nehemiah and Jesus, to our own experience in a church context, we know that leadership is hard work. If you lead (truly lead) paid staff, volunteers, or a mixture [...]

Three Elements of Effective Meetings

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Three Elements of Effective Meetings

What was considered high-tech gadgetry just a few shorts years ago is now commonplace in minivans across America. For some, they are a no-brainer for anyone who transports young children from Point A to Point [...]

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 [...]

Being a Leader vs. Being a Boss

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Being a Leader vs. Being a Boss

This article is not about politics. Really, it’s not. In fact, some of the information in this article is probably not even accurate because it presents extreme pictures of two people in order to paint [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]