Essentials

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 [...]