Church vs. Business

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Church vs. Business 2016-10-12T10:59:24+00:00

So you’ve switched from the business world to the church world … and have taken on a new set of challenges and rewards. Here are articles from some XPs that have already walked that road and have willingly shared their experiences with you.

 

Modern Day Matthews—Transitioning from the Marketplace into Ministry

August 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Modern Day Matthews—Transitioning from the Marketplace into Ministry

“You are destroying the church I love!” “You are not a godly man and I hate you!” “Sometimes I do not understand the way you think!” “You are making my church too corporate!” After you [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Executive Pastor or Administrator?

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Executive Pastor or Administrator?

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 [...]

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, [...]

Leading with a Business and a Ministry Response

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Leading with a Business and a Ministry Response

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 [...]

Strangers in a Strange Land: The Corporate Refugee

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Strangers in a Strange Land: The Corporate Refugee

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Changing Hats: Moving from Business to the Executive Pastor Role

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Changing Hats: Moving from Business to the Executive Pastor Role

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Business of Church

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Business of Church

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 [...]

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

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on From Corporate America to Full-Time Ministry: My First Six Months as an XP

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 [...]