Essentials

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What exactly is an Executive Pastor? Does the position look the same in every church? Below are some articles by seasoned XPs, talking about the different types of Executive Pastors and their responsibilities … and suggesting some “tools” to put in your toolbox!

The Origin of Executive Pastors

April 27th, 2018|Comments Off on The Origin of Executive Pastors

Bob Buford passed away recently. If you’re younger than about 40, it’s possible you’ve never heard of Bob Buford. But if you’re an executive pastor of any age, you owe your position to Bob [...]

The Changing Face of the Executive Pastor Role

November 21st, 2017|Comments Off on The Changing Face of the Executive Pastor Role

A longtime XP discusses what is changing for a position once limited to large churches, an interview with David Fletcher by Matthew Branaugh ... You have served as a pastor for more than 35 years, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

December 7th, 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 [...]

Biblical Parallels of the Five Functions

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Biblical Parallels of the Five Functions

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, [...]

The Single Greatest Threat to Any XP

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The Single Greatest Threat to Any XP

“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 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 [...]

The Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor Team

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor Team

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 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

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The XP as Catalyst

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 [...]

Every Church Needs a CFO

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Every Church Needs a CFO

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, [...]

Helping Your XP Succeed

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Helping Your XP Succeed

“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 [...]

XPs and Catalytic Converters

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on XPs and Catalytic Converters

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 [...]

Second Chair: Fascinating Insights About XPs

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Second Chair: Fascinating Insights About XPs

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 [...]

The Executive Pastor: A Pioneer

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Executive Pastor: A Pioneer

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 [...]

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 [...]

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