The editor of Church Executive Magazine, Rez Gopez-Sindac attended the 2013 XP-Seminar in Dallas.  Below are some excerpts from her article:

DALLAS—XPastor, a learning network for executive pastors and others in similar roles, is launching a new program to help church leaders get the education and training they need to do their jobs more effectively.

“About half of new executive pastors come straight out of business,” says Dr. David Fletcher, founder of XPastor, at the sold-out 9th XP-Seminar held in the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities hotel. The annual seminar is a time for church leaders to come together and learn from peers across the country.

Both the new executive pastors and the more seasoned ones benefit from the XP-Seminar, says Fletcher, an accomplished executive pastor, professor of doctoral ministry and an expert in church marketing, management and leadership. “The newbies need an orientation, they need a friend, and they need to get grounded. So we do that and then we challenge the old pros to grow.”

Fletcher notes that the number of churches hiring executive pastors has grown significantly in the past decade. And yet, no one is teaching leaders how to lead and manage the church, says Fletcher. Thus, XPastor is launching XP-Certification, a program designed to give a world-class education in the essentials of church leadership and management.

“I would love to see a whole new level of standard for church leaders … because it’s really easy for someone in church leadership to get caught up in policies, practices and programs—and forget that Jesus is driving the whole thing,” says Fletcher. “You can be a great leader and have a great passion for Christ. That’s what I love for leaders to capture.”

Read more in the Church Executive article.