XP-SP

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?

To Co-Lead or Not to Co-Lead?

June 7th, 2019|Comments Off on To Co-Lead or Not to Co-Lead?

Shared leadership at the helm of any organization, especially the ever-growing model of co-lead pastors in a church, can be a huge blessing when successful. However, it has the potential to be quite catastrophic [...]

Church Problems and a Senior Pastor Candidate

April 30th, 2019|Comments Off on Church Problems and a Senior Pastor Candidate

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Hey Fletch …  We have some serious problems at the church and are also interviewing a senior pastor candidate. Should we tell the candidate about our big issues before or [...]

Shooting for the Top … Almost

April 24th, 2019|Comments Off on Shooting for the Top … Almost

I believe in the Executive Pastor position to my core. There is tremendous value that an Executive Pastor can offer a church. God has been preparing me for this role my entire life and [...]

Questions for a Senior Pastor Candidate

April 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on Questions for a Senior Pastor Candidate

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Hey Fletch … We have a senior pastor candidate who will be visiting our church this weekend, Thursday-Monday. I am attaching a list of questions that I think the board of [...]

Thoughts About Moving On

October 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Thoughts About Moving On

Friday, October 5, 2018 Hey Fletch … I have been feeling that I should move on from this senior pastor position. I’m not a pushy person. But to stay, I will have to be [...]

The Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor Team

October 4th, 2018|Comments Off on The Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor Team

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Hey Fletch … I just finished reading “The Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor Team” by John Hawco on XPastor. You posted his entire dissertation and it is awesome! Thanks so much [...]

Program, Policy and Preaching

September 29th, 2018|Comments Off on Program, Policy and Preaching

Saturday, September 29, 2018 Hey Fletch … I’m a new Senior Pastor. I love the role and thought that most of what I would do would be preaching. While the preaching is going well [...]

Jews and Romans in New Testament Times

September 6th, 2018|Comments Off on Jews and Romans in New Testament Times

Thursday, September 6, 2018 Hey Dr. Fletcher … I’m thanking God for all you are doing in His will. What was the relationship between the Romans and the Jews at the time of Jesus? Will [...]

Senior Pastor is Swamped

July 26th, 2018|Comments Off on Senior Pastor is Swamped

Thursday, July 26, 2018 Hey Fletch … We are a small groups based, disciple-making church that does lots of church-planting. I wrote to you before about hiring a care pastor. I need to turn over [...]

Preaching Excites Me but Administration is My Gift

July 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Preaching Excites Me but Administration is My Gift

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Hey Fletch … I really appreciate the advice you recently gave me. I'm sure you get lots of emails from inquisitive folk! I have another question. The thought of preaching excites me, [...]

Senior Pastor Is Going to Burn Out Soon

June 22nd, 2018|Comments Off on Senior Pastor Is Going to Burn Out Soon

Friday, June 22, 2018 Hey Fletch … Thank you for checking back on us. Our lead pastor is an amazing preacher and leader. However, we all fear he does too much. He is micromanaging the [...]

Managing People

June 18th, 2018|Comments Off on Managing People

Monday, June 18, 2018 Hey Fletch … As a pastor, managing people drains me. It sucks. It’s a skill that no one wants to do—a real pain. I don’t want to be the bad [...]

Leading Through a Senior Pastor Transition

May 7th, 2018|Comments Off on Leading Through a Senior Pastor Transition

Monday, May 7, 2018 Hey Fletch … Just wanted to say thanks for this XPastor.org article: Leading Through A Senior Pastor Transition. DRF—Chuck Olson, one of the XPastor Community, wrote that article. I’m so [...]

‘You Don’t Matter’ said the Senior Pastor

April 26th, 2018|Comments Off on ‘You Don’t Matter’ said the Senior Pastor

Thursday, April 26, 2018 Hey Fletch … I’m demoralized and ashamed to repeat what my Preaching Pastor said to me. In front of one of my staff, he said, “You don’t matter. People won’t [...]

Managing Upward to a Board

March 20th, 2018|Comments Off on Managing Upward to a Board

The monthly board meeting is coming up on Tuesday night. The agenda is packed and you have key items to bring before the board. Your items could take thirty minutes to two hours to [...]

Senior Pastor Constantly Bringing Change

March 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Senior Pastor Constantly Bringing Change

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Hey Fletch … I have a senior pastor who is constantly bringing change to the church. One week it is a new way to do small groups, and he did [...]

Should the SP & XP Both Report to the Board

February 26th, 2018|Comments Off on Should the SP & XP Both Report to the Board

Monday, February 26, 2018 Hey Fletch … Have been an XP for nearly 20 years and I’m curious on your thoughts on organizational structure of the SP/XP positions. I've twice been in the “2nd [...]

SP is Ready for an XP

February 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on SP is Ready for an XP

Friday, February 23, 2018 Hey Fletch … 21 years ago God gave me the privilege of leading a team to plant our church. Thank you for your ministry to XPs around the world. We [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]