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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 that 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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