“Hey Fletch” on Vision

From around the globe, people tune in on Fletch’s warm and sound advice. He’s a friend and “church doctor,” bringing an objective perspective, broad knowledge and vast experience. Your question will get a personal reply from Fletch.

Millennials and Discipleship

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Hey Fletch … I’m a millennial and thinking about the call to prioritize and pursue discipleship in my own life, both upwards and downwards. Do you have any articles that I could read on this topic?

DRF—I found this article. let me know if it resonates with you, Millennials Aren’t as Cause-Oriented as You May Think. Often millennials are lumped into the category of cause-oriented. Like any generalization, it has valid aspects […]

What Does It Mean? “Repent, the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand”

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Hey Fletch … Thank you for all you are doing in the will of God. Matthew 4:17 says, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Will you explain what that is really saying? I need a clear understanding of that Scripture, so I can be a blessing to others. Thank you for your time in this matter. 

DRF—I’ve been deep […]

A New Year

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Enjoy two passages as you think about the new year.

For everything there is an appointed time, and an appropriate time for every activity on earth.
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the […]

While in Bethlehem

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

DRF—Today, the best “Hey Fletch” is to share what Dr. Luke records …

While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds nearby living out in the field, keeping guard over their flock at night. An […]

Going to Bethlehem

Monday, December 24, 2018

DRF—Today, the best “Hey Fletch” is to share what Dr. Luke records …

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus to register all the empire for taxes. This was the first registration, taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone went to his own town to be registered. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, […]

Understanding the Pentecostal Movement

Friday, December 7, 2018

Hey Fletch … I am in a search of understanding “The Pentecostal Movement.” Can you tell me about that movement? Is there a website or something I can read to learn about the phenomenon of the pentecostal movement? Thanks for your time in this matter.

DRF—Many see the Azusa Street Revival as the primary source for spreading Pentecostalism in the last century. The Wikipedia article on the revival concludes with:

Many […]

Please Support Me

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Hey Fletch … I am senior pastor in Kenya. We face financial problems in our small church. A salary for me is just a dream. We kindly request if any assistance.

DRF—Thank you for your note. Finding funds for salaries can be a challenge for new churches—in Kenya and in the rest of the world. I know many church planters in the United States that are struggling as well.

XPastor is a teaching platform […]


Thursday, November 22, 2018

DRF—As it is Thanksgiving day in the United States, let me give thanks.

Thanks to the many readers of the “Hey Fletch” column.

Thanks to those who have sent in questions and needed advice.

It is a joy to interact with so many people from all around the globe.

Let us all give thanks to God for the life that He has given us.

Consider Psalm 117. The entire psalm is just two verses …

Praise […]

Hard Rock, Metal Band at XPastor?

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Hey Fletch … Faith Head is an alternative hard rock/metal band whose lyrics have a Christian worldview about modern issues. Faith Head’s debut album “Are you a Faith Head?” landed at #6 on Metal Pulse Radio’s Top 10 album of the Year in 2016. In 2017 Faith Head was nominated by Independent Artist Magazine for Best Male Artist of the year. The band was featured in the documentary “Metal Missionaries” in September […]

New Leaders and New Decisions

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Hey Fletch … We are bringing in a new leader to a ministry area in our church. We are hoping that this new person can bring fresh insight and make needed decisions. Our former leader had received lots of complaints for “stale thinking,” and “not being motivating.” I wonder if we are having some idealistic thinking about this new leader.

DRF—Let me answer this one with a personal story. A long time ago, […]

Do Not Harden Your Hearts in Rebellion

Friday, October 26, 2018

Hey Fletch … I need your help with Hebrews 3:12-15. I think God, through the writer of Hebrews, is warning against unbelief and hardness of heart. Is there a better way to put this, or could you give me a better understanding?

DRF—The book of Hebrews has challenging passages. There are plenty of views on those passages. Here is the passage that you have a question about:

See to it, brothers and […]

Online Forum on XPastor

Friday, October 19, 2018

Hey Fletch … You and I met through some XP forums a while back when I was the XP at my former church. I’ve recently moved on to a new church and in the process lost the connection I had to the XP forum online. I wanted to reconnect with it again and was hoping you could jar my memory.

DRF—Great to hear from you. We closed the Google Forums. Google had not […]

Co-Pastors or Peer SP-XP Teams

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Hey Fletch … I am chair of a committee and we are in the initial stages of discerning the future direction of the congregation. Our current structure is to have a senior pastor and associate pastor. I am trying to get the congregation to think about some form of co-pastors. I have some church websites that have co-pastors and I would like to offer some church websites that have SP-XP structure. Do […]

Millennial Wants Impact

Friday, October 12, 2018

Hey Fletch … I’m a young millennial and working in a great job. The money is good, the business is fine and I’m learning a lot. Yet, I’m wondering how my life can have impact for God’s kingdom. What can I do to insure that in thirty years my life will have impact for God? 

DRF—I love that you want to make impact for God’s kingdom. That is right out of the […]

Paid Articles on XPastor?

Monday, September 10, 2018

Hey Fletch … I work as a freelance writer and with brands looking to promote their content on sites like XPastor. What are your policies for brand collaboration? Most often the brands I work with are looking to work with influencers and sites that will allow me to work on some contributed content on a mutually agreed topic.

DRF—XPastor is a unique site. All the articles are submitted by church leaders and national […]

Recordings of the XP-Seminar?

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Hey Fletch … I’m a new XP and would love to listen to past sessions of the XP-Seminar. Do you record them?

DRF—One year we purchased some thumb drives that had terrific audio recorders built in. The workshops were recorded but not many people listened to them. Why? The reason is found in the nature of the workshops. We highlight small group interaction and discussion with the speaker. The content is vital […]

A Capella to Instruments in Worship

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Hey Fletch … Our church is moving from a cappella singing to including instruments in our worship services. How does this communication statement sound to you? “The shepherds have lifted a restriction that has been practiced at our church of singing a cappella only during Sunday morning worship. After an initial ninety days of discernment, there will be much to be discussed and decided about worship as we look to the future. […]

Knowing God’s Call to a Ministry

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Hey Fletch … Question! What do you do, if you know God has called you but not sure what He is calling you to do? Moreover the person in question is careful not to embark on a mission he was not sent.

DRF—Greetings to you in Ghana. I so enjoy getting emails from Christian leaders outside of the United States. It is amazing to see the cultural differences and the ministry similarities.

The Apostle […]

Thanks for XPastor

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hey Fletch … Seriously—this is an invaluable resource. Love that you are doing so much writing. I like the “Hey Fletch” column. Thanks for featuring the 14 years of XP-Seminar in the e-newsletter.

DRF—Yes, in this new season of focusing solely on the XPastor community, it has been a joy to help so many people and churches. Christianity Today has picked up the “Hey Fletch” column in one of their […]

Mentally Unchallenged

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hey Fletch … I’ve been a pastor for 15 years and I’m mentally dying. I’m at a place of intellectual stagnation. What can I do to get out of my muddle?

DRF—Perhaps the first 10 years of ministry were a challenge. Everything was new. You had plenty of ideas from seminary. Some of them worked and some did not. Then you began to coast. You knew what to do to have a good […]

People Attending But Not Buying Into Vision

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hey Fletch … If I were to put our problem in one line, I would say, “People are not leaving our church but they haven’t bought into our vision.” Could you give some advice?

DRF—Tami and I were visiting a church today. It had a fabulous building and a stunning worship team. Yet, I noticed the men around me. Many were impassive. They didn’t sing or respond to the worship. Many were like […]

Public Television Research on Circuit Preaching

Monday, April 2, 2018

Hey Fletch … I am a researcher for a public television station. I wondered if you have ever heard of a trend where a pastor in a small, rural area may minister to more than one church?

DRF—A few thoughts come to me right away, and there is some history that is repeating itself. 

First, it is reported that John Wesley rode over 250,000 miles on horseback. Whoa! That makes me sore and […]

What is the Purpose of the Church?

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Hey Fletch … My question to you is ‘what is the purpose of the church’?

DRF—That’s a pretty broad question and I don’t know what perspective you are coming from. So, let me give a few thoughts from the New Testament.

One purpose for the church is to be a community. The community worships together, cares for one another and serves others in their society. It is not any kind of community, but a […]

Church Planting & Running a Business

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Hey Doc … Here in India I am pioneering a church planting ministry. We, are doing some income generating projects based on the people and the places. I would like to request your practical suggestions. How can the spiritual aspect of ministry can be reconciled with business? How can we strike proper balance between business and ministry? Sometimes I am afraid that we succeed in business and fail in ministry. Kindly give […]

Some Want Others than the Senior Pastor to Create Vision

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hey Fletch … I am a Senior Pastor here in Australia. We just formulated an Executive Pastor role description. I have operated as ‘leader of the leaders’ in terms of bringing values and vision. Some of the leadership wants us to operate as a level team—no leader of that group. The vision and values would equally arise from anyone in that group. Thoughts?

DRF—I would offer three items to consider: First, walk slowly. […]

Who Creates the Vision in a Church

February 15, 2018

Hey Fletch … I would love to know if you have any further comments on the Elder Job Description on XPastor. I’m interested your ideas on the role of discerning and setting vision. Is this with the Senior Pastor who then shares with the elders, or is it with all the Elders?

DRF—There isn’t one-size fits all. Some churches have a shared style of creating vision. Many have the Senior Pastor create the […]

Growing a Small Church in Africa

February 12, 2018

Hey Doc … I have just been posted to a very small church in Africa, just 15 older people. What should I do to help grow the little church? What are some of the workable principles to getting the church to grow?

DRF—You are asking a huge question there. The great thing about retired people is that they have more time than working people. Here are a couple of ideas: 1) make your church […]

Great Books 2018

February 8, 2018

Hey Fletch … When are you going to post your annual list of recommended books? Don’t you do it right before the XP-Seminar?

DRF—Nothing gets by you, friend! Yes, for each of our 14 annual XP-Seminars we cull the world for great books on personal enrichment, management and leadership. The current year’s books are available at the XP-Seminar Free Book Table. Here are the books, covers and descriptions from 2005 to 2018. As […]

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