Articles on the New XP

So, you’re new to the XP role. Welcome to the front row of ministry! Your job is a position of power, influence and, at times, the one to take the criticism and hard conversations. Take comfort in knowing that many have walked this road before you. They have documented their thoughts and learnings in the form of articles, posted here … so that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel!

A Personal Perspective on Worship Songs

August 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on A Personal Perspective on Worship Songs

I recently visited with a pastor of a large church who articulated his concern for the state of music and worship in the church. He described his view of church music as a “cutting [...]

Spiritual Development and Ministry Metrics

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Spiritual Development and Ministry Metrics

Spiritual growth is a process and you can help people on that path. Identify your process and key milestones to measure. Obtain and utilize the right data. Fletch and Mark DeMoss will examine this [...]

Preventing Sexual Abuse in Your Church

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Preventing Sexual Abuse in Your Church

Sex abuse claims remain the top reason churches go to court each year. Fletch interviews Matthew Branaugh, editor for Christianity Today’s ChurchLawAndTax.com, about this troubling ongoing trend in the church. What policies and protocols [...]

10 Questions to Ask Before You Build

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on 10 Questions to Ask Before You Build

There is the familiar story of the church that built a new building, only to discover on opening day that needed aspects were missing. Does a church ever have enough closets? Is the lobby [...]

Top 10 Reasons Church Loans are Declined

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Top 10 Reasons Church Loans are Declined

Join Fletch and leaders from Thrivent for an insider’s look into church loans. Both Chris Lewis and Teresa Loker have extensive experience that can pull back the curtain on these issues. When your church is [...]

Is Your Building Family-Friendly?

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Is Your Building Family-Friendly?

A connected family engages all members. The same is true for the church family. It takes the wisdom of seniors, the commitment of adults, the passion of youth and the innocence of children to [...]

Knowing the Health of Your Staff

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Knowing the Health of Your Staff

Few staff members feel they can be completely forthright with their superiors concerning “tough situations.” This puts church leadership in a jam. How can leaders know how staff are feeling about their pay, work [...]

Digital Giving Trends

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Digital Giving Trends

Fletch and Troy Pollock began an intriguing discussion at the 2019 XP-Seminar. Back by popular demand, this "state of digital giving" continues that discussion. From his vantage point of working with thousands of churches around [...]

Strategic Designs for Active Shooter Readiness

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Strategic Designs for Active Shooter Readiness

Dave Milam has helped hundreds of churches around the country with their facilities. One of his most frequent questions is, "How can we make our campus safer?” This webinar provides a lively discussion from [...]

Successful Church Project Planning

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Successful Church Project Planning

Getting a church loan is an area that most church leaders find murky and complicated. Chris Lewis from Thrivent has expertise from his years of helping churches with their borrowing capacity. The video ranges from [...]

How to Have Conversations about Church Salaries

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on How to Have Conversations about Church Salaries

Conversations about salaries are difficult, but they seem to be even more difficult in the church. Veteran executive pastor David Fletcher has over 35 years of experience with these types of conversations. In this [...]

Great Books 2019

June 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Great Books 2019

Great Books 2019! Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World Andy Stanley Once upon a time there was a version of our faith that was practically . . [...]

To Co-Lead or Not to Co-Lead?

June 7th, 2019|Comments Off on To Co-Lead or Not to Co-Lead?

Shared leadership at the helm of any organization, especially the ever-growing model of co-lead pastors in a church, can be a huge blessing when successful. However, it has the potential to be quite catastrophic [...]

Becoming a Healthy Church

June 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on Becoming a Healthy Church

What will it take for your church to become a healthier church? Given the realities of your particular ministry setting, how will you begin that process? If you were to start that process today, [...]

Church Problems and a Senior Pastor Candidate

April 30th, 2019|Comments Off on Church Problems and a Senior Pastor Candidate

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Hey Fletch …  We have some serious problems at the church and are also interviewing a senior pastor candidate. Should we tell the candidate about our big issues before or [...]

Shooting for the Top … Almost

April 24th, 2019|Comments Off on Shooting for the Top … Almost

I believe in the Executive Pastor position to my core. There is tremendous value that an Executive Pastor can offer a church. God has been preparing me for this role my entire life and [...]

Questions for a Senior Pastor Candidate

April 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on Questions for a Senior Pastor Candidate

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Hey Fletch … We have a senior pastor candidate who will be visiting our church this weekend, Thursday-Monday. I am attaching a list of questions that I think the board of [...]

Questions for an XP Interview

March 28th, 2019|Comments Off on Questions for an XP Interview

Thursday, March 28, 2019 Hey Fletch … Good afternoon, I am interviewing for an XP role in a church in another city in Europe. I am part of the shortlist of 3 people. Can [...]

Church Wants Privacy Apps on Personal Devices

February 28th, 2019|Comments Off on Church Wants Privacy Apps on Personal Devices

Thursday, February 28, 2019 Hey Fletch … I am trying to find information about the legalities of requiring our church staff to install software on cell phones and laptops such as Covenant Eyes. We reimburse [...]