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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!

 

The XP and a Senior Pastor Transition

June 6th, 2017|Comments Off on The XP and a Senior Pastor Transition

Below is a video from the Monday Morning Church Podcast, where Neil Miller interviews Executive Pastor David Fletcher. From David's experience of being without a Senior Pastor for twenty months, he describes ten steps for [...]

From Business Executive to Executive Pastor

May 5th, 2017|Comments Off on From Business Executive to Executive Pastor

A variety of paths can lead to the role of executive pastor (or executive director) in a church. One of the most common is the businessperson who is already a volunteer leader in the church [...]

Clarifying the XP Role

January 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Clarifying the XP Role

“And all other duties as may be assigned.” This is commonly the last line in a job description, but the practical reality for many second chair leaders is that this is their first responsibility. This [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Teaching Sensitive Topics Policy

March 23rd, 2016|Comments Off on Teaching Sensitive Topics 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 church policies. Below is the Teaching Sensitive Topics Policy from Trinity Lutheran Church [...]

Partnering With Your Community for Sustainable Impact

March 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Partnering With Your Community for Sustainable Impact

John Cissel of Visioneering Studios talks about new uses of church property. This involves churches doing joint ventures with developers for impacting a church’s local community. The issue is how to build church facilities in expensive urban [...]

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 [...]

Personnel Policies and Procedures

October 9th, 2015|Comments Off on Personnel Policies and Procedures

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church—items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the Personnel Policies and Procedures from Parma Heights Baptist [...]

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 [...]

Book Excerpt: Defining the Executive Pastor Role

August 24th, 2015|Comments Off on Book Excerpt: Defining the Executive Pastor Role

Throughout my years in the Executive Pastor role, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know many of my peers in ministry. At the risk of oversimplification, I have noticed that most XPs (shorthand for [...]

Multisite or Church Planting?

August 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Multisite or Church Planting?

Remember way back when there were no multisite churches? Back when church planting (and releasing) was the ultimate form of sacrificial expansion for the sake of the Kingdom? Back when dinosaurs were around and roaming [...]

Book Review: The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan

August 1st, 2015|Comments Off on Book Review: The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan

The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan: How to Take Charge, Build Your Team, and Get Immediate Results, written by George Bradt, Jayme Check and Jorge Pedraza, is a book about helping executives succeed in transition. [...]

Five Lessons I’ve Learned in My First Eighteen Months as XP

July 12th, 2015|Comments Off on Five Lessons I’ve Learned in My First Eighteen Months as XP

As was mentioned in the title, I’ve learned five lessons during my first eighteen months as an Executive Pastor. In order to provide some context, I will briefly state my ministry experience. My background has [...]

Defining the Executive Pastor Role and Its Need in the Church

July 9th, 2015|Comments Off on Defining the Executive Pastor Role and Its Need in the Church

I recently sat down with the Lead Pastor of our church, discussing my current role as the Director of Operations. During the discussion, I mentioned that I was hoping to move my position to become [...]

Employee Handbook

June 7th, 2015|Comments Off on Employee Handbook

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the Employee Handbook from Foothills Christian Church in El Cajon, [...]

Human Resource Policy

June 5th, 2015|Comments Off on Human Resource 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 church policies. Below is the Human Resource Policy from Seven Mile Road Church in [...]

Personnel Policies

June 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Personnel Policies

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below are the Personnel Policies from Central Baptist Church of Hixon, [...]

Opportunity Profile

June 2nd, 2015|Comments Off on Opportunity Profile

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the Opportunity Profile for the Director of Worship [...]

Salary Grid Example

June 1st, 2015|Comments Off on Salary Grid Example

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 a sample of a Salary Grid from a church [...]

Book Review: Church Unique

May 30th, 2015|Comments Off on Book Review: Church Unique

In his book, Church Unique, Will Mancini pushes pastors to engage in the hard work of finding the unique contribution that their church can make to the world. More than strategy, this is a matter [...]

Not for the Faint Hearted …

May 29th, 2015|Comments Off on Not for the Faint Hearted …

My first ninety days as an Administrative Pastor at my church was not for the faint hearted. Take your pick of the more interesting opportunities for growth that I experienced in my new position in [...]

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, [...]

Playground Safety

January 25th, 2015|Comments Off on Playground Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes a document called CPSC Public Playground Guidelines. This 57-page tome has tons of practical information. While not all of the information will pertain to your church, there is a wealth of [...]

Sabbatical Policy

September 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Sabbatical 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 2005 Sabbatical Policy of the Westminster Church of [...]

Sabbatical Policy

September 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Sabbatical 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 church policies. Below is the Sabbatical Policy from Bel Air Presbyterian Church [...]

Facebook and Blogging Policy

September 20th, 2014|Comments Off on Facebook and Blogging 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 Facebook and Blogging Policy of Northshore Christian Church [...]

Sexual Abuse “Fire Drill”: Put Preparation to the Test

September 8th, 2014|Comments Off on Sexual Abuse “Fire Drill”: Put Preparation to the Test

The "Fire Drill" article below has a companion piece, entitled Sexual Abuse Response Planning. After reading this article, refer to the planning form; it’s a valuable framework for discussion/planning a responsive effort to an allegation—even a [...]

Sexual Abuse Response Planning

September 8th, 2014|Comments Off on Sexual Abuse Response Planning

This planning guide has a companion piece called Sexual Abuse “Fire Drill”: Put Preparation to the Test, an article that give further explanation. The planning guide below should serve as a worksheet after reading the "Fire [...]

Who Needs an Executive Pastor, Anyway?

January 8th, 2014|Comments Off on Who Needs an Executive Pastor, Anyway?

Pastors have been on the scene for a couple thousand years. Executive Pastors, by many different definitions, have been around for about twenty-five years. We obviously know more about how to be the former than [...]

A Shameless Plug for XPastor Online Courses

November 13th, 2013|Comments Off on A Shameless Plug for XPastor Online Courses

To all my fellow XP’s out there---many who, like me, have come out of marketplace---I say, “If you 'wanna learn' what you need to know to be an effective pastor, administrator, leader, and coach, look [...]

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 [...]

Wedding Policy and Forms

November 8th, 2013|Comments Off on Wedding Policy and Forms

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 a link to the 52-page Wedding Policy and forms [...]

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 [...]

Tutorial: The Inside Scoop on Live Event Planning

September 2nd, 2013|Comments Off on Tutorial: The Inside Scoop on Live Event Planning

At 11 years of age, in the seat of a local performing arts center, I intently watched Peter Furler of the Newsboys belt out “Shine” from just a few feet in front of me. I [...]

Video: Protect Your Church from Property Crime

August 16th, 2013|Comments Off on Video: Protect Your Church from Property Crime

Is your church doing what is necessary to protect itself from becoming a victim of property theft? Do you know there are practical steps you can take to help protect your church and to avoid [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]

Video: Crisis Management for Churches

June 28th, 2013|Comments Off on Video: Crisis Management for Churches

Crises can even hit any church or ministry. Are you prepared? David Middlebrook of the Church Law Group lays out some foundational steps to mitigate the potential damage of a difficult situation. David Middlebrook, and [...]

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! [...]

Employee Accountable Expense Reimbursement Policy

April 15th, 2013|Comments Off on Employee Accountable Expense Reimbursement 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 opportunity profiles. Below is the Employee Accountable Expense Reimbursement Policy and Procedures [...]

Keys to a Successful First 100 Days as a Senior Pastor

April 2nd, 2013|Comments Off on Keys to a Successful First 100 Days as a Senior Pastor

Turnover in churches is high right now. Senior Pastors are retiring as baby boomers age, and the wave is only going to grow. Perhaps more than I’ve ever seen, there are scores of people facing [...]

Working in Healthy Ways with Strong Leaders (Part 3 of 3)

March 28th, 2013|Comments Off on Working in Healthy Ways with Strong Leaders (Part 3 of 3)

(The following article is Part 3 of a three-part series written by Paul Utnage. To start at the beginning with Part 1, read "Working with Strong Personalities at the Top." The link to Part 2---Tsunami Leaders, [...]

Tsunami Leaders (Part 2 of 3)

March 27th, 2013|Comments Off on Tsunami Leaders (Part 2 of 3)

[The following is Part 2 of a three-part series. To start with Part 1, read "Working with Strong Personalities at the Top." The link to Part 3---Working in Healthy Ways with Strong Leaders can be found [...]

Employee Handbook

March 22nd, 2013|Comments Off on Employee Handbook

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 Employee Handbook of Christ Community Church of Chicago, [...]

Working with Strong Personalities at the Top (Part 1 of 3)

March 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Working with Strong Personalities at the Top (Part 1 of 3)

“Leading up requires great courage and determination. We might fear how our superior will respond, we might doubt our right to lead up, but we all carry a responsibility to do what we can when [...]

Cash Receipts and Disbursements Policy

February 27th, 2013|Comments Off on Cash Receipts and Disbursements 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 a Cash Receipts and Disbursements Policy of Westwards Community [...]

Three Kinds of Executive Pastors

February 18th, 2013|Comments Off on Three Kinds of Executive Pastors

Who will be your next XP? What is the rise and function of the Executive Pastor? Whether you call the position Executive Pastor or Senior Associate Pastor or Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, there are many [...]

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 [...]

Staff Educational Assistance Policy

January 28th, 2013|Comments Off on Staff Educational Assistance 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 Staff Educational Assistance Policy of the Wesleyan Church [...]

Staff Termination Exit Interview

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Staff Termination Exit Interview

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 are Exit Interview Questions from Old North Church of Canfield, Ohio that they [...]

Employment Application

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Employment Application

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, and opportunity profiles. Below is a link to an Employment Application from the Old North [...]

Employee Handbook

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Employee Handbook

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 Employee Handbook of Old North Church of Canfield, [...]

Cardiac Emergency Response Plan

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Cardiac Emergency Response Plan

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 Cardiac Emergency Response Plan of Old North Church [...]

Children’s Ministry Policy

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Children’s Ministry 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 Children's Ministry Policy of Old North Church of [...]

Children’s Volunteers Policy

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Children’s Volunteers 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 Children's Volunteers Policy of Old North Church of [...]

Benevolent Fund Policy

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Benevolent Fund 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 2011 Benevolent Fund Policy of Old North Church [...]

Benevolence Policy and Form

January 10th, 2013|Comments Off on Benevolence Policy and Form

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review form, applications and policies. Below is the 2012 Benevolence Policy and form from Southbridge [...]

Benevolence and Financial Assistance Policy and Procedure

January 10th, 2013|Comments Off on Benevolence and Financial Assistance Policy and Procedure

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 Benevolence and Financial Assistance Policy and Procedure of [...]

Benevolence Application

January 10th, 2013|Comments Off on Benevolence Application

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 Benevolence Application from Northeast Bible Church of San [...]

Salary Disclosure Policy

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Salary Disclosure Policy

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms, applications and policies. Below is the 2001 Salary Disclosure Policy of BCF [...]

Personnel Handbook

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Personnel Handbook

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms, employment handbooks and ministry policies. Below is the Personnel Handbook of BCF [...]

Missions Policy

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Missions Policy

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms, applications, employee handbooks and policies. Below is the 2008 Missions Policy from [...]

Family on Staff Policy

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Family on Staff Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, employee handbooks, review forms and policies. Below is the 2001 Family on Staff Policy from [...]

Family on Staff Procedures

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Family on Staff Procedures

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, employee handbook, review forms and policies. Below are the 2007 Family on Staff Procedures [...]

Conditions for Service

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Conditions for Service

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms, employee handbooks and policies. Below are the Conditions for Service at Bible [...]

Care Fund Policy

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Care Fund Policy

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, employee handbooks, review forms and policies. Below is the 2005 Care Fund Policy of [...]

Care Ministries Assistance Policy

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Care Ministries Assistance Policy

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, employee handbooks, review forms and policies. Below is the Care Ministries Assistance Policy from [...]

Wedding Policy and Procedures

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Wedding Policy and Procedures

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 are the Wedding Policies and Procedures for Northwest Bible Church [...]

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, [...]

Church Van Policy

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Van 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 ministry policies. Below is the 1994 Van Policy of Northwest Bible Church [...]

Peacemaking Policy

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Peacemaking 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 Peacemaking Policy of Northwest Bible Church of Dallas, [...]

Ordination Procedures

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Ordination Procedures

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 are the Ordination Procedures of Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, [...]

On-Call Care Procedures

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on On-Call Care Procedures

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 are the On-Call Care Procedures of Northwest Bible Church in [...]

Nursery Procedures

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Nursery Procedures

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 Nursery Procedures of Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, [...]

Good Fit or Poor Fit: How Can You Tell?

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Good Fit or Poor Fit: How Can You Tell?

When Goldilocks visited the Three Bears’ house, she tried three different rocking chairs. Papa Bear’s was “too big,” she decided. Then Baby Bear’s broke into a dozen pieces under her weight. “Too small,” she declared [...]

Missions Policy

December 25th, 2012|Comments Off on Missions 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 Missions Policy from Northwest Bible Church of Dallas, [...]

Mercy Ministry Policy

December 25th, 2012|Comments Off on Mercy Ministry 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 2002 Mercy Ministry Policy of Northwest Bible Church [...]

Sign Gifts Policy

December 25th, 2012|Comments Off on Sign Gifts 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 1995 Sign Gifts Policy at Northwest Bible Church [...]

Children’s Learning Center Policy

December 25th, 2012|Comments Off on Children’s Learning Center 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 Children's Learning Center Policy of Northwest Bible Church [...]

Finance Committee Policy

December 25th, 2012|Comments Off on Finance Committee 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 Finance Committee Policy from Northwest Bible Church in [...]

Employee Manual

December 25th, 2012|Comments Off on Employee Manual

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 Employee Manual of Northwest Bible Church of Dallas, [...]

Elder Recommendation Form

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Elder Recommendation Form

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 2005 Elder Recommendation Form of Northwest Bible Church [...]

Elder and Deacon Selection Policy

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Elder and Deacon Selection 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 1979 Elder and Deacon Selection Policy of Northwest [...]

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 [...]

Communicable Disease Policy

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Communicable Disease 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 general policies. Below is a Communicable Disease Policy from Northwest Bible Church in [...]

Church Restoration Policy

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Restoration 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 1999 Church Restoration Policy of Northwest Bible Church [...]

Children’s Ministry Volunteer Application

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Children’s Ministry Volunteer Application

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 a Children's Ministry Volunteer Application from Northwest Bible Church [...]

Church Art in Ministry Procedures

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Art in Ministry Procedures

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 are the Church Art in Ministry Procedures of Northwest Bible [...]

Appointment Policy

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Appointment 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 2004 Appointment Policy of Northwest Bible Church in [...]

Personnel Manual

December 18th, 2012|Comments Off on Personnel Manual

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, employee manuals, review forms and policies. Below is the Personnel Manual of Village Bible [...]

Suggestions for Writing Church Policies

December 17th, 2012|Comments Off on Suggestions for Writing Church Policies

Every XP deals with church policy. Some of you love them, others tolerate it, while others avoid it like a plague. But every church needs them. When writing policies for your church, keep in mind [...]

SP-XP Communication

December 17th, 2012|Comments Off on SP-XP Communication

One of the vital elements of the XP role is that of communication between the Executive Pastor and the Senior Pastor. The core of the XP-SP relationship is one of trust. Many new XPs are hired [...]

The Need for Elders FAQs

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on The Need for Elders FAQs

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 a "Need for Elders FAQ" from Chatham Community Church, [...]

Elder Evaluation and Discipline Policy

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Elder Evaluation and Discipline 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 Elder Evaluation and Discipline Policy of Bible Fellowship [...]

Elder Covenant

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Elder Covenant

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 Elder Covenant from Lighthouse Community Church of Kalamazoo, [...]

Divorce and Remarriage Position Paper

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Divorce and Remarriage Position Paper

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 a Position Paper on Divorce and Remarriage by the [...]

Leadership Qualifications and Divorce Policy

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Leadership Qualifications and Divorce 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 Leadership Qualification and Divorce Policy of Woodinville Alliance [...]

Deacon Handbook

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Deacon Handbook

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 2008 Deacon Handbook of Henderson Hills Baptist Church [...]

Deacon Handbook

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Deacon Handbook

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 Deacon Handbook of Washington Heights Baptist Church of [...]

Credit Card Policy and Forms

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Credit Card Policy and Forms

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 Credit Card/Debit Card Policy and forms for Village [...]

Credit Card Policy

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Credit Card 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 Credit Card Policy of the First Church of [...]

Church Constitution

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Constitution

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 Church Constitution of Northwest Bible Church of Dallas, [...]

Church Bylaws

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Bylaws

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 are the Church Bylaws of Life Community Church of Allen, [...]

Church Constitution

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Constitution

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 Church Constitution of Fellowship Bible Church of Winchester, [...]

Church By-Laws

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Church By-Laws

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 are the amended Church By-Laws of Cibolo Creek Community Church [...]

Church Bylaws

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Bylaws

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 are the Bylaws of Stough Memorial Baptist Church of Pineville, [...]

Church Constitution and Bylaws

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Constitution and Bylaws

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 are the Constitution and Bylaws of Henderson Hills Baptist Church [...]

The Process of Amending the Church Constitution

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on The Process of Amending the Church Constitution

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 Original Constitution, Draft 12 of the editing process, [...]

Church Constitution

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Constitution

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 Church Constitution of Grace Covenant Church of Austin, [...]

Care Ministries Assistance Policy

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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 2005 Care Ministries Assistance Policy at Bible Fellowship [...]

Care Fund Policy

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XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the 2005 Care Fund Policy of Bible Fellowship [...]

Community Impact Application

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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 Community Impact Application of Christ Community Church in [...]

A Social Activism Position Paper

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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 a 1997 Social Activism Position Paper by Henderson Hills [...]

Communications System

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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 Communications System of Hope Community Church in Raleigh, [...]

Church Policy and Procedures

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Policy and Procedures

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 are the Policy and Procedures of The Sanctuary Fellowship of [...]

Children’s Policy Manual

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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 Children's Policy Manual of The Sanctuary Fellowship of [...]

Kids’ Volunteer Handbook

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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 2007 Kids Volunteer Handbook of Grace Covenant Church [...]

Volunteer Background Check Permission Form

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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 Volunteer Background Check Permission Form of L2 Church [...]

Children’s and Youth Volunteer Policy and Forms

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Children’s and Youth Volunteer Policy and Forms

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 Children's/Youth Volunteer Policy and Forms of Fellowship Bible [...]

Student Ministries Policy

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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 Student Ministries Policy of Old North Church of [...]

Care Ministry Strategy, Process and Job Descriptions

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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 2010 Care Ministries Strategy, Process and Job Descriptions [...]

Benevolence Policy

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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 Benevolence Policy of Apostles Church of New York, [...]

Discovering Your Need for an Executive Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

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The extant literature presents material on how to discover when an Executive Pastor is needed in a local congregation. Wes Kiel, in his unpublished article that was used in three Leadership Network forums in the [...]

Staff Service Award Policy

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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 2012 Staff Service Award Policy of the First [...]

Sabbatical Policy

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XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the 2006 Sabbatical Policy of Grace Covenant Church of [...]

Case Studies of Policy and Vision Implementation by the Executive Pastor–A Dissertation

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Case Studies of Policy and Vision Implementation by the Executive Pastor–A Dissertation

The following is a dissertation written in 2004 by David Fletcher about the Executive Pastor position. The footnotes have been removed to simplify reading on the web. Unfortunately, the images (and there are many) do [...]

Pressures on the Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

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With the acceptance of the operating principle of the historic importance of preaching, it will do well to briefly address other pressures on the preacher. In a chapter entitled, A Pastor's Job Description, counselors Frank [...]

Employee Handbook

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Employee Handbook

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the Employee Handbook from Wildwood Church in East Moline, Illinois. [...]

Perils in the Executive Pastor Role—Excerpts from a Dissertation

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A discussion of the role and function of the Executive Pastor would be incomplete without mentioning associated perils. This section will be especially helpful for any Senior Pastor, governing board or search committee seeking an [...]

Sabbatical Policy

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Sabbatical 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 church policies. Below is the Sabbatical Leave Policy from Old North Church of [...]

Opportunity Profile Example

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XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the 2005 Opportunity Profile from Grace Covenant Church in [...]

Biblical Parallels for the Executive Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

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There are at least three significant biblical pericope that demonstrate roles parallel to the Executive Pastor. Two individuals, and one group, were in the place of implementing the policy and vision of others. The position that [...]

Models of Church Structure—Excerpts from a Dissertation

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Before one can discuss models of management in the church, it is necessary to discuss the role of management. This will help in evaluating the role and scope of the church leadership. In other words, [...]

The Solution of the Business Administrator—Excerpts from a Dissertation

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Another solution, often in conjunction with the Associate Pastor role, is for the church to hire a Business Administrator. Minirth and others succinctly discuss this area, in the context of different hats that the pastor [...]

The Solution of the Associate Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on The Solution of the Associate Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

As the church added a second pastor, that person often received the title Associate or Assistant Pastor. In 2000, Martin Hawkins, Assistant Pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, completed a doctoral study [...]

Executive Pastor or Administrator?

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An examination of hundreds of responses to the Executive Pastor Indicator (which has become the People Patterns Indicator) documented some of the differences between Executive Pastors and Church Administrators. Many churches have both of these [...]

Biblical Parallels of the Five Functions

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Below are definitions of the Five Functions of an Executive Pastor---Administrator, Catalyst, Mentor, Relational, and Overseer---complete with biblical examples of each one. The Five Functions were originally established through the XP-Indicator which is now called [...]

5 Functions in the XP Role

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on 5 Functions in the XP Role

Every XP uses each of the 5 Functions---Administrator, Catalyst, Mentor, Relational, Overseer---in the Executive Pastor role. Yet, each XP will be stronger in some of the functions than others. One XP may be a gifted catalyst, [...]

Executive Pastors’ Perception of Leadership and Management Competencies Needed for Local Church Administration

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Executive Pastors’ Perception of Leadership and Management Competencies Needed for Local Church Administration

The following is a dissertation written by an Executive Pastor. To aid in making the information more readable on the web, the footnotes have been removed. To view footnotes, charts, Appendices and the Reference List, [...]

The Most Important Function of a Church Board

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How should Senior Pastors interact with their board? How should the board interact with their pastor? It’s a classic question we get asked a lot as we do executive searches. Therefore, we are posting some [...]

Emergency Preparedness for Churches

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Nobody likes to think a disaster or act of violence could happen to them. Maybe you’ve never even considered that it might happen to your church. Disasters or acts of violence are difficult to foresee [...]

Climbing Down the Ladder

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Climbing Down the Ladder

I served for years as the XP on a team of three pastors planting Terra Nova Church in New York. On my journey there, I made a three-year stop as Lead Pastor of a suburban church, [...]

The Single Greatest Threat to Any XP

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“Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day [...]

The XP’s First 100 Days

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When a United States President enters office, there is a lot of press given to his first 100 days agenda. The reason for this is everyone understands the early days of the new administration will [...]

Salary Administration Plan

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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 Salary Administration Plan for Kempsville Presbyterian Church of [...]

Change is Inevitable: Who Likes It?

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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. [...]

Leading with a Business and a Ministry Response

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Here’s the situation. Your giving to the General Fund is down, not to mention missions and other special giving. Some of your people are losing their jobs, and many others are in fear of that [...]

The Ultimate Leadership Paradox

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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. [...]

Leading Through a Senior Pastor Transition

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Nothing jolts a church quite like the resignation of its senior pastor. Shock, disbelief, confusion, disappointment. And that’s just the get-go of the attending reactions and emotions. While the inner circle of leadership may see [...]

Strangers in a Strange Land: The Corporate Refugee

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We are truly "strangers in a strange land." In Robert A. Heinlein’s Hugo Award winning science fiction novel by that title, the main character, Valentine Michael Smith, returns to Earth as an adult after being raised on [...]

A Different Church Organizational Structure

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As the Executive Pastor of our church, (a non-denominational, evangelical, contemporary-styled church) I was the first person our Lead Pastor came to with his idea of adding two other staff members that would serve at [...]

Perception Equals Reality: A Lesson from a Church’s First Executive Pastor

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Perception Equals Reality: A Lesson from a Church’s First Executive Pastor

“Had I known then what I know now!” How many times have you heard that famous phrase? Hindsight truly is 20/20, but normally we do not get to enjoy it, unless we learn from others [...]

The Executive Pastor

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The Executive Pastor

The proliferation of "megachurches" has been described as one of the most significant social developments of the decade of the eighties. That trend shows no sign of subsiding, indeed it seems to be accelerating. Lyle [...]

Moving from Secular to Sacred Employment

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Moving from Secular to Sacred Employment

Working as a Town Planner, my work often varied and was rewarding as I helped shape and establish existing and new communities. After thirteen years and working for four different local government authorities, I had [...]

After 145 Years, Does This Church Need an XP?

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on After 145 Years, Does This Church Need an XP?

Mount Vernon Baptist Church’s history dates back over 145 years. During these years, the church faced many challenges. Individuals emerged to lead the church forward. The church is again at a crossroad in its history. In this [...]

The Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor Team

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The following is a dissertation written by a Senior Pastor. To aid in making the information more readable on the web, the footnotes have been removed. To view footnotes, tables, appendices and the bibliography, please view [...]

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 [...]

Succession Plan: A 20-Year Transition

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In the year 1990, when Nicholas Smith was 8 years old, Bethany Baptist Church of Lindenwold, New Jersey had 29 active members. In the year 2003, Bethany Baptist had 16,500 members, Nicholas was 23 years old and [...]

The Perfect Storm: Growing to a New Level of Effectiveness

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Liberty Church is a dynamic, progressive church of 550 adults and 300 children in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Unusual for a Southern Baptist Church, it is governed by a Board of Elders---and the ministry is carried out through teams. [...]

Hired from Within to be the XP: A Case Study

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In the American religious landscape, there is no clear path for an individual to become an Executive Pastor. Whether a man or woman comes from the executive or church world, there are a variety of paths to [...]

From Business Executive to Executive Pastor

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on From Business Executive to Executive Pastor

In 2000, and after only a few months without a Senior Pastor, Woodinville Alliance Church made a “coup” in the pastor-hiring category. In 2004, Mary Jammerman began as Executive Pastor at Woodinville … in October of that year, Senior Pastor [...]

To XP or Not to XP? That is the Question

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on To XP or Not to XP? That is the Question

When was the last time that the President of the United States attended the dedication of your Youth Education Center? When was the last time that the President quoted your Senior Pastor or called for advice? Dr. [...]

The XP as Catalyst

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Steve Roese is a Catalyst. Shakes up categories … no policy manuals or time cards—anywhere … visionary with an outreach heart … doesn’t allow second best … lightning rod for criticism … explains explosive issues … loves to [...]

Pressures on the Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Pressures on the Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

With the acceptance of the operating principle of the historic importance of preaching, it will do well to briefly address other pressures on the preacher. In a chapter entitled, A Pastor’s Job Description, counselors Frank Minirth and [...]

Co-Senior Pastors: A New Wave of Church Leadership?

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Co-Senior Pastors: A New Wave of Church Leadership?

Today I received an email from a Lead Pastor asking a question about a different operating structure in a church: “I wanted to get your thoughts on a new structure that I have heard a little [...]

Changing Hats: Moving from Business to the Executive Pastor Role

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Every year at the XP-Seminar, I ask, “How many of you came from the business world?” In 2005, about 25% of the XPs raised their hands; by 2008, over 50% said “yes.” Current estimates are [...]

Caesar Takes a Pastor’s Salary

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Few issues are as misunderstood, abused and confused as the tax implications of a pastor’s salary. The issue is so different from compensation in the business world that some CPA’s have given errant advice to [...]

From Vision to Execution

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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 [...]

Every Church Needs a CFO

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I once heard a good definition of a CFO: “Someone who solves a problem you didn't know you had in a way you don't understand.” There is some truth in this statement. However, in actuality, [...]

The Business of Church

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There is a distinctly business-like aspect to overseeing a church: churches have assets to manage, employees to pay, and members who rightfully demand accountability for their financial contributions. The business side of church leadership is [...]

Deep Change in Organizational Culture

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Because I have an interest in organizations, I often have an eye out for signs of excellence, or lack thereof, in my everyday dealings. It becomes apparent when there is an obvious emphasis by an [...]

Simple Church: Don’t Box Me In

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Ever have one of those staff meetings when it feels like an explosion went off in the room? It can be quite unsettling, to say the least. We were a purpose-driven church that was driven to [...]

Leading Your Staff and Church During Hard Times

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One of the hardest experiences I have ever had as an executive pastor is coming to the reality that our church will have to lay off a staff member. The burden hurts beyond words. It [...]

The Church Staff’s Role During a Divorce

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Nothing pains like divorce … especially when children are involved. While divorce is a family matter, it can spill into the workplace through child custody disputes. This can be quite challenging for leaders who must [...]

Blogging and Facebook Policy

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These days it seems everyone is pushing you towards blogging, Facebook and Twitter. Whether for professional or personal reasons, it can be wise to take advantage of these emerging social networking opportunities. However, there can [...]

Having a Great Church-School Relationship

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Having a Great Church-School Relationship

Nothing raises controversy faster than a discussion of church-school relationships. In many organizations, passionate people from both sides empty the bench and duke it out at the slightest provocation. Why? What is it about Christian [...]

Helping Your XP Succeed

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“I felt my heart strangely warmed.” Those were the words Jonathan Wesley used to describe his conversion the night he attended a meeting on Aldersgate Street in London. The words also describe how I felt when [...]

The Changing Face of Ministry

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These are unique and challenging times for churches. There are more distractions to draw people away from church involvement than ever before. These distractions make it difficult for attendees to fully participate in sermon series [...]

XPs and Catalytic Converters

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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 [...]

Tips for a New XP

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April 23, 2003 is a day that Natalie Gilbert will never forget. On that day, when she was 13 years old, she was scheduled to sing the national anthem for the 2003 NBA Playoff Game [...]

Second Chair: Fascinating Insights About XPs

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One of the least understood roles in churches is the "second chair" role—the person who reports directly to the Senior Pastor (or sometimes the church board) and oversees a large portion of the church staff. This [...]

Hiring an Executive Pastor?

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A couple of months ago, I was asked to give a presentation entitled, “Executive Pastor: If, When, Why, How?” As you can guess from the title, the focus was on churches that were thinking about [...]

From Corporate America to Full-Time Ministry: My First Six Months as an XP

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Andrew Behm went from working in the business world to being the Executive Pastor of the church he had attended for years. Below are accounts of his joys and struggles during his first 26 weeks [...]

The Executive Pastor: A Pioneer

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Last week I attended the annual XP-Seminar in Dallas—it felt so good to be with “my people.” Finally, to be with people who spoke my language! It was exciting to share my frustrations and passions [...]

Tips for Strengthening the SP/XP Leadership Relationship

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Tips for Strengthening the SP/XP Leadership Relationship

Each time I work with a church leadership team, I schedule time for coaching the Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor together. This dynamic working relationship experiences significant wear and tear and needs to be inspected [...]

The Three Lane Highway of the SP-XP Working Relationship

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Three Lane Highway of the SP-XP Working Relationship

Over the summer, I hit a new mile marker in my leadership coaching by working with my 50th SP-XP team. I have had the privilege to spend time in thirteen states, nine denominations, and churches [...]

A New Beginning: Suggestions for a New Pastor

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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 [...]

The Role of Social Networks and Interpretation in Planned Organizational Change

May 1st, 2009|Comments Off on The Role of Social Networks and Interpretation in Planned Organizational Change

David Fletcher ran into Dr. Booth's paper while attending a class at the Kellogg School of Management. Measuring change is tough in a church and yet so necessary, considering how much change occurs! This is [...]

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 [...]