XP-SP Relationship

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XP-SP Relationship 2016-10-12T18:24:55+00:00

A great relationship between the XP and SP is key to a great leadership team. What are some of the ways to establish that bond? How can you keep in step together yet not step on each other’s ministry responsibilities?

 

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

December 7th, 2012|Comments Off on Discovering Your Need for an Executive Pastor—Excerpts from a Dissertation

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 XP’s First 100 Days

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The XP’s First 100 Days

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 [...]

Change is Inevitable: Who Likes It?

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Change is Inevitable: Who Likes It?

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. [...]

The Ultimate Leadership Paradox

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The Ultimate Leadership Paradox

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

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Leading Through a Senior Pastor Transition

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Tips for a New XP

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Tips for a New XP

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 [...]

Hiring an Executive Pastor?

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Hiring an Executive Pastor?

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 [...]

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 [...]