Growing as an XP

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Everyone that breathes should be continuing to learn and grow. Below are articles aimed to get you to thinking … and changing … and growing.

 

The Revolving Door

September 3rd, 2014|Comments Off on The Revolving Door

Recently, after eventful days at the church office, David and I have compared those events to the movie, Grand Hotel. Grand Hotel, which came out in 1932, is the movie in which Greta Garbo famously [...]

Derailed? Four Proven Ways to Get Back on Track

February 26th, 2014|Comments Off on Derailed? Four Proven Ways to Get Back on Track

Let’s face it—life happens. We all get off track at one time or another. And it’s always more difficult to get back on track the second time. Third time. Fourth time. Several weeks ago, a [...]

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 [...]

True Confessions of a Decent Horse

August 30th, 2013|Comments Off on True Confessions of a Decent Horse

“My good Horse, you’ve lost nothing but your self-conceit. No, no, cousin. Don’t put back your ears and shake your mane at me. If you are really so humbled as you sounded a minute ago, [...]

Networking—Inside and Outside the Church

August 28th, 2013|Comments Off on Networking—Inside and Outside the Church

Leaders can effectively communicate their mission with people from all walks of life by using several different methods of communication. One of the best ways I’ve found for communicating your message is through networking and [...]

Eight Ways to Respond When Facing Rejection

August 7th, 2013|Comments Off on Eight Ways to Respond When Facing Rejection

You will learn more about a person’s character when they face rejection than when they face success. It’s easy to feel enthusiastic, fearless, and prideful when we feel successful. However, being rejected or feeling defeated [...]

Ministry Briefing

August 5th, 2013|Comments Off on Ministry Briefing

Matt Steen and Todd Rhodes are putting together an interesting concept. They are summarizing 200+ articles that you need to know as a church leader from the past thirty days. It is a subscription-based service: Here [...]

A Plan for Beating Burnout

April 17th, 2013|Comments Off on A Plan for Beating Burnout

Burnout is a major problem for many non-profit organizations, and it seems to be growing. Are volunteers just getting more lazy and irresponsible, or is there really something to burnout? Everyone gets tired once in awhile from hard [...]

The Power of Being Direct

February 28th, 2013|Comments Off on The Power of Being Direct

You know the feeling. Something is wrong. You’re the leader. You really should say something about it. But confronting someone is the last thing you feel like doing. You consider your options. Perhaps you can [...]

Jazz Improvisation and the Peculiar Work of Pastors

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Jazz Improvisation and the Peculiar Work of Pastors

I don’t remember much about the ordination paper I authored some twenty years ago, but I do remember employing a central analogy to illustrate the role and work of the pastor: the conductor of an [...]

Searching for Treasure in the Wilderness

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Searching for Treasure in the Wilderness

The prospective pastor was obviously a seasoned communicator, a veteran with over thirty years of experience in ministry. Leaders in the local church were impressed with his desire to facilitate healing and reconciliation between them [...]

Running Through the Sprinklers: A Humorous Look at Fiduciary Responsibilities

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Running Through the Sprinklers: A Humorous Look at Fiduciary Responsibilities

Executive Pastor David Troublefield read a comment on XPastor that said, "And if you want to forget all your troubles, eat a cherry popsicle while running through the sprinklers barefoot!" So David put on his [...]

Reseeding a Life, Maybe Even Your Own

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Reseeding a Life, Maybe Even Your Own

In the first article in this series, we talked about ever-present threats to our personal development and ministry as Executive Pastors. We discovered that quite possibly the biggest hindrance to our success as XP’s, as [...]

Knowing God in Times of Risk

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Knowing God in Times of Risk

Warning! Danger! Hazards ahead! God at work! Live at your own risk! Risk. The only way we can know God. You see it from one end of the Bible to the other. Look at the names in the Hebrews 11 Hall [...]

The Paperless Office—Not Even a Paperclip

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Paperless Office—Not Even a Paperclip

Julie was an endearing, young missionary who had a fantastic ministry that I was dying to learn about. Julie came into my office and was on the verge of tears. I asked her what was [...]

Leadership Assessment Tools

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Leadership Assessment Tools

Nathan Baxter is a former Executive Pastor that has a heart for mentoring. One tool that he uses as he helps pastors is the Birkman Leadership Assessment Tools. Here Nathan outlines some of the available assessments, [...]

Breaking the News, Without Breaking the Leader

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Breaking the News, Without Breaking the Leader

One of my more challenging tasks as a leadership coach is to figure out a way to break the news to an Executive Pastor or Senior Pastor that they may not be doing as well [...]

Family Turmoil and Church Leadership

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Family Turmoil and Church Leadership

It’s Sunday and you and your spouse have had a wonderful morning worshipping at church. You are one of the key leaders on staff. You are curious because your 21-year-old daughter missed church that morning. [...]