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Strategy 2016-10-12T10:59:26+00:00

Every church needs to have a strategy of how they want to do ministry. Foundational in deriving your strategy is your church’s culture and your place in the church universal in delivering the gospel to the lost. What is your ministry strategy?

 

7 Reasons Not to Become a Multisite Church

November 6th, 2017|Comments Off on 7 Reasons Not to Become a Multisite Church

When I launched the first video-based campus of Willow Creek in 2001, the primary question was, “Can this work?” Thousands of multisite churches later, the question has shifted to, “Should my church go multisite?” What [...]

Mentoring … How to Lead Self and Lead Others

September 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Mentoring … How to Lead Self and Lead Others

Nathan Baxter is a leading coach and mentor. He is leading a workshop at the 2018 XP-Seminar and a special Pre-Seminar Workshop on Coaching. Nathan also has posted many significant articles on mentoring on XPastor. [...]

5 Characteristics of Church Staff Teams that Break the 1,000 Barrier

September 29th, 2017|Comments Off on 5 Characteristics of Church Staff Teams that Break the 1,000 Barrier

Rich Birch will be a featured speaker at the 2018 XP-Seminar. Enjoy this great article from him ... and join us at the Seminar. Rich has plenty of experience in ministry, business and coaching pastors. [...]

Concealed Weapons in Church

July 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Concealed Weapons in Church

As the need for a more formalized approach to security becomes the norm for many churches, some congregations are developing plans and policies to better protect their congregants and staff from active shooters. A matter [...]

Want to Reach Millennials? Hire Millennials.

June 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Want to Reach Millennials? Hire Millennials.

I have seen article after article about how to reach millennials in church, how to speak to them, how to create events for them ... it just goes on and on. One thing that I [...]

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 [...]

Seven Productivity Tips Every Pastor Should Master

May 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Seven Productivity Tips Every Pastor Should Master

Do you arrive at work hoping to tackle your to-do list, only to slog to your car feeling defeated? Do you look back on your days and feel disappointed at how much time you wasted---or [...]

Volunteer Hiring

May 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Volunteer Hiring

Even this title, Volunteer Hiring, probably gets a lot of strange looks and you can hear the words, “You don’t hire volunteers, they volunteer. Their help is a service and a gift to you.” Their [...]

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 [...]

Survival Skills for Managing Moral Failures Among Your Leaders

May 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Survival Skills for Managing Moral Failures Among Your Leaders

Ministry is more than numbers. Yet church leaders are, by nature, scorekeepers. We use dashboards to evaluate how well we’re doing at church. We use numbers to get to know one another at conferences. What [...]

Why Churches Love to be Centralized

April 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Why Churches Love to be Centralized

Think about your church for a minute. How are decisions made? Not the little ones, like who’s going to watch the two-year-olds next weekend, but the big ones: should we start that new ministry, how [...]

Captivating Church Changers

December 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Captivating Church Changers

It’s a dirty word in some circles. “They mostly grow by transfer.” This critique implies that the church is not reaching people with the gospel, just “stealing” people from other churches like TMobile does to [...]

Launching Strong: Five Key Strategies

December 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Launching Strong: Five Key Strategies

A record number of new churches are launching across North America. Most will initially choose to meet in a rented facility---often a school, movie theater or community center. While church is never only about the [...]

Four Types of Churches That Will Soon Die

November 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Four Types of Churches That Will Soon Die

Death is not a topic we enjoy. Death of churches is not a topic I enjoy. You see, I love the local church. I love it, despite its flaws, sins and hypocrisies. Jesus loves me [...]

What Makes a Great Campus Pastor?

November 1st, 2016|Comments Off on What Makes a Great Campus Pastor?

Ask any multisite church leader today what the most important component is in multisiting and the overwhelming answer is the campus pastor. When I went to Willow Creek in the year 2000 to pioneer the multisite strategy, [...]

Pastor’s Wives … An Easy Journey?

October 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Pastor’s Wives … An Easy Journey?

Being a pastor’s wife is not an easy journey. She is expected to be nice, perfect and always available to others. Her family is the poster of Christian living (completely unrealistic). And if you’re looking [...]

Organizing Selectively

October 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Organizing Selectively

“To organize or not to organize? That is the question.” While this may be a bad take-off on Shakespeare, it’s a key issue for second chair leaders. One possible response to this question is, “Don’t bother [...]

Twelve Questions to Ask a Potential Church Secret Shopper

September 13th, 2016|Comments Off on Twelve Questions to Ask a Potential Church Secret Shopper

I can't tell you how many times I've had a meeting with a pastor, told him what I do as a consultant and watched him perk up. I recently had a meeting with a Senior [...]

Seven Keys to a Successful Church Event

August 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on Seven Keys to a Successful Church Event

From Back-to-School parties, to Thanksgiving outreaches, Christmas Eve candlelight services and more, churches host many events throughout the year. These special events are a great way to reach more people, disciple various groups within the [...]

Two Vital Questions in Decision-Making

August 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Two Vital Questions in Decision-Making

Few Christian leaders set out to promote or speak falsehood. I believe that falsehood among Christian leaders comes about more often by omission than commission (what is allowed to remain undone versus what is done [...]

14 Leadership Principles from Amazon and How They Apply to Your Church

June 9th, 2016|Comments Off on 14 Leadership Principles from Amazon and How They Apply to Your Church

Amazon continues to be a force in our culture. In the run up to Christmas, they sold 426 items per second! I just finished reading Brad Stone’s fascinating study of Amazon called The Everything Store. [...]

First Impressions: Five Tips from a Church Secret Shopper

June 9th, 2016|Comments Off on First Impressions: Five Tips from a Church Secret Shopper

Below are five practical tips to implement at your church in order to make great first impressions with guests. 1. Vision cast to your Guest Services team So often, people that serve on a church’s [...]

Teaching Sensitive Topics Policy

March 23rd, 2016|Comments Off on Teaching Sensitive Topics Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church—items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the Teaching Sensitive Topics Policy from Trinity Lutheran Church [...]

Partnering With Your Community for Sustainable Impact

March 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Partnering With Your Community for Sustainable Impact

John Cissel of Visioneering Studios talks about new uses of church property. This involves churches doing joint ventures with developers for impacting a church’s local community. The issue is how to build church facilities in expensive urban [...]

How to Lead Change in a Church

March 16th, 2016|Comments Off on How to Lead Change in a Church

Do you want change? Most people will say they don’t. If they do, generally it’s limited to changing a small section of their lives. When it comes to our organizations, as well as our careers, change [...]

Why the Apostle Paul Could Not Work at Your Church Today

January 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Why the Apostle Paul Could Not Work at Your Church Today

“I wasn’t able to lead my church during the Christmas Eve service this year.” It was just a few short weeks into the New Year and I was with a pastor friend from a neighboring [...]

7 Key Principles for Leading a Meeting

January 12th, 2016|Comments Off on 7 Key Principles for Leading a Meeting

You spend a great deal of money on team meetings. Add the salaries and benefits of everyone invited to a meeting. Divide that total by 2,080, the number of work hours in a year.  You [...]

What’s Trending in Multisite?

November 4th, 2015|Comments Off on What’s Trending in Multisite?

How is the “new normal” of multisite changing how we do church in America? In an increasingly secularized nation with overall church attendance in decline, multisite churches are growing in number and church attendance. The multisite strategy [...]

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 [...]

Questions to Ask When Researching a Portable Church

September 21st, 2015|Comments Off on Questions to Ask When Researching a Portable Church

One of the challenges of launching a church or multisite campus in a rented space is finding an excellent location where you can maximize the worship, children’s, and first impressions experiences. Schools seem to be [...]

Exit Interviews: Revealing Stories of Why People are Leaving the Church

August 24th, 2015|Comments Off on Exit Interviews: Revealing Stories of Why People are Leaving the Church

Why are people leaving your church? Every church has a back door. But do you know why they are leaving? Have you ever done exit interviews? A number of years ago, Bill Hendricks wrote a [...]

Leadership Challenges of Leaders in Industry and the Church

August 14th, 2015|Comments Off on Leadership Challenges of Leaders in Industry and the Church

Throughout my many years of ministry, I have had the opportunity to coach executives of Fortune 500 companies and church leaders. My vantage point is fascinating; I enjoy the challenge of identifying best practices that [...]

Strategic Alignment Unleashes the Church

August 6th, 2015|Comments Off on Strategic Alignment Unleashes the Church

While circulating in our church atrium, greeting people as they strolled in for Sunday worship, a woman came up to me and timidly asked, “Do you remember me?” I had to apologize for not recognizing [...]

Multisite or Church Planting?

August 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Multisite or Church Planting?

Remember way back when there were no multisite churches? Back when church planting (and releasing) was the ultimate form of sacrificial expansion for the sake of the Kingdom? Back when dinosaurs were around and roaming [...]

How to “Fire” a Church Volunteer

July 22nd, 2015|Comments Off on How to “Fire” a Church Volunteer

One question I frequently receive when talking about recruiting and retaining church volunteers is what to do about a volunteer who isn't working out. In other words, how do you “fire” a volunteer? This is obviously [...]

Leading from the Second Chair—Depression Inside the Church

July 10th, 2015|Comments Off on Leading from the Second Chair—Depression Inside the Church

I was a young 20-something, eager to get ahead, and interviewing for a promotion to Project Manager. My boss at the time gave me this little bit of wisdom as she described the role, “You’ll [...]

My Top Ten Tips of Advice to a Church Walking Through a Scandal

June 20th, 2015|Comments Off on My Top Ten Tips of Advice to a Church Walking Through a Scandal

Sadly, it appears church after church is having to respond to immoral actions of pastors falling from grace. It deeply grieves me and causes me to really hurt for those churches. Young Christians and seekers [...]

Church Planting and Money

June 20th, 2015|Comments Off on Church Planting and Money

As a pastor of a small church (less than 200 people) that has now planted three churches (two in the last eighteen months), we always have more dreams than dollars. In our context, multiplying churches [...]

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, [...]

The Hidden Sources of Church Conflict

May 14th, 2015|Comments Off on The Hidden Sources of Church Conflict

Pastor, can you pinpoint the hidden sources of conflict in your congregation? If not, how will you manage them? Thankfully, you’re not left to your own devices on this one! The Bible lays it out pretty clearly. I [...]

Need to Multisite in a Rented Space?

March 20th, 2015|Comments Off on Need to Multisite in a Rented Space?

What challenges do churches face when they launch a new site in a rented space? Why do some churches actually leave their permanent building to move into rented spaces in neighborhoods? What are the best [...]

Should You Hire From Within?

January 26th, 2015|Comments Off on Should You Hire From Within?

Thinking of hiring internally? When a church needs to fill a staff position, one of the first questions is always, “Do we want to hire someone from somewhere else, or do we want to hire [...]

News Release: Succession Planning Video Library

December 28th, 2014|Comments Off on News Release: Succession Planning Video Library

Are you a ministry leader looking for practical insight and direction on the topic of succession planning? If so, I would like to make you aware of a new resource offered by Succession Framework℠. They [...]

Stress Relief for Pastors and Leaders

December 27th, 2014|Comments Off on Stress Relief for Pastors and Leaders

Does it feel like helping others is sometimes hurting you more? Are you taking deliberate steps to manage stress in your life? Everyone experiences stress. Even good events like weddings, births, and graduations create stressful conditions. [...]

Questions for the New Year

December 27th, 2014|Comments Off on Questions for the New Year

The New Year brings new opportunities to focus our lives on what and who matters most. In my mentoring and consulting practice, I am working with my clients this month, helping them talk through their [...]

How to Deliver Bad News

November 24th, 2014|Comments Off on How to Deliver Bad News

We all love to deliver good news---a successful event, a budget overage, finishing a building project early and under budget, or a ministry initiative that exceeded expectations. But what do you do when you need [...]

Model for Amending Governing Documents

November 5th, 2014|Comments Off on Model for Amending Governing Documents

Most churches amend their governing documents once every decade or so. It is a daunting task. Besides, many members of churches hate change. Most churches delay amending their governing documents until a crisis hits. During [...]

The Church and a Factory Mindset

September 14th, 2014|Comments Off on The Church and a Factory Mindset

I love this definition of a factory: “The source of prolific production." Isn’t that what we all want in ministry? Don’t we all want to create an environment where disciples, small groups, ministry and even [...]

Sexual Abuse “Fire Drill”: Put Preparation to the Test

September 8th, 2014|Comments Off on Sexual Abuse “Fire Drill”: Put Preparation to the Test

The "Fire Drill" article below has a companion piece, entitled Sexual Abuse Response Planning. After reading this article, refer to the planning form; it’s a valuable framework for discussion/planning a responsive effort to an allegation—even a [...]

Sexual Abuse Response Planning

September 8th, 2014|Comments Off on Sexual Abuse Response Planning

This planning guide has a companion piece called Sexual Abuse “Fire Drill”: Put Preparation to the Test, an article that give further explanation. The planning guide below should serve as a worksheet after reading the "Fire [...]

Five Commandments of Pastoral Succession Planning

September 1st, 2014|Comments Off on Five Commandments of Pastoral Succession Planning

The truth is that we are all interim pastors. There will come a day when you are no longer the pastor of your church. The key to a successful pastoral succession plan is to start [...]

Great Coaching Conversations with Key Players

August 5th, 2014|Comments Off on Great Coaching Conversations with Key Players

Do you know how to have a coaching conversation with your key players? It’s scary to think about the amount the time we spend talking to staff members and key volunteers on any given week. [...]

Make the Most of Your Meetings

July 24th, 2014|Comments Off on Make the Most of Your Meetings

Meetings. And lots of them! You know what I’m talking about. Meetings are a reality of life and leadership. We’ve all been in meetings that were engaging, stimulating, and productive. And we’ve all been in [...]

Multisite Trends

June 26th, 2014|Comments Off on Multisite Trends

The multisite model continues to be a proven and cost-effective vehicle. The multisite experiment began as a pre-recession band-aid strategy for megachurches that were out of room or restricted by zoning laws. It became the [...]

Multisite—From Start-up to Self-Sufficiency

June 26th, 2014|Comments Off on Multisite—From Start-up to Self-Sufficiency

Starting a new campus is tough. Sustaining an existing campus is even tougher. But nothing compares to trying to keep a campus afloat when it becomes a big drain on the operational budget. It can [...]

Six Secrets for Fulfilling Vision

June 16th, 2014|Comments Off on Six Secrets for Fulfilling Vision

This month my vision for serving and supporting leaders took a huge step! For several years, I have been working toward launching an annual event for business, government, non-profit, and ministry leaders. Like most endeavors, [...]

Overcoming Irrelevance

May 24th, 2014|Comments Off on Overcoming Irrelevance

Moving from the rural Midwest to Southern California changes your definition of “normal.” When the move includes connecting with a church that’s twice the size of the town you moved from, the redefinition demands a [...]

Nine Habits of Highly Successful Mentoring

May 14th, 2014|Comments Off on Nine Habits of Highly Successful Mentoring

A few years ago, after I gave my first training program to a group of six people, I remember the words of one woman. She appreciated my willingness to share whatever I knew. When I [...]

Book Excerpt: Strange Leadership

April 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Book Excerpt: Strange Leadership

My top two spiritual gifts are leadership and administration, so the subject of organization is something I love and gravitate toward. If you have the spiritual gift of administration, you love structure, systems, processes, and [...]

Church Alignment—Can Your Ship Take You Where You Want to Go?

April 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Church Alignment—Can Your Ship Take You Where You Want to Go?

Each of us has big things we want to accomplish. At the end of the day, some of us accomplish those things. Others do not. Why? It all boils down to alignment. Simply put, alignment [...]

Meetings Are Lame: Seven Suggestions on Making Them Better

April 8th, 2014|Comments Off on Meetings Are Lame: Seven Suggestions on Making Them Better

The majority of meetings are lame. They suck the time, energy, and productivity right out of you and your team. Plus, too many ministries have way too many meetings to begin with. Realistically, we are [...]

Eight Kinds of People Who Should Not Serve on a Church Board

February 12th, 2014|Comments Off on Eight Kinds of People Who Should Not Serve on a Church Board

Not everyone is qualified to serve on a church board and choosing the wrong people condemns the board to dishealth and frustration for years to come. It is easy to put someone on a board [...]

Doing More Ministry with Less—While Still Keeping Boundaries

February 11th, 2014|Comments Off on Doing More Ministry with Less—While Still Keeping Boundaries

Recently, Matt Branaugh of Christianity Today interviewed David Fletcher, asking a variety of questions for Executive Pastors, including his thoughts on compensation increases, health care coverage, giving trends, staff ratios, and the importance of having [...]

Five Deficiencies That Stifle Church Growth

January 21st, 2014|Comments Off on Five Deficiencies That Stifle Church Growth

Emerging research tells us that successful turnaround pastors differ from their colleagues in temperament and emotional intelligence. The data imply an easy way for pastors to avoid the many challenges of a growing church. All [...]

Ten Common Vision and Momentum Killers

January 16th, 2014|Comments Off on Ten Common Vision and Momentum Killers

First of all, I believe momentum is usually a byproduct of great vision … and great vision needs momentum to move forward. There is definitely a relationship between vision and momentum. For context, I define [...]

Every Single Problem is a Leadership Problem

December 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Every Single Problem is a Leadership Problem

Recently, I was talking to Kevin Peck, the Lead Pastor of Austin Stone Church. Back in 2005, they were a church of about 800 in worship. Now they have six campuses with about 6,000 or so [...]

Six Shifts Changing the Landscape of the Church Space

December 30th, 2013|Comments Off on Six Shifts Changing the Landscape of the Church Space

The church building and religious-use facility industry is being dramatically and permanently altered by factors that began emerging at the dawn of the 21st century. In 1989, popular author Ken Follett wrote a riveting best-selling [...]

Five Keys to Attracting and Keeping Volunteers

November 15th, 2013|Comments Off on Five Keys to Attracting and Keeping Volunteers

Faithful, hard-working volunteers who always have a great attitude are what every volunteer coordinator desires on their team. These folks will show up early and stay late; they offer their talents and serve with excellence. [...]

Book Review: ReLaunch

November 11th, 2013|Comments Off on Book Review: ReLaunch

Before even opening this book, the title caught my eye. Whenever we think of words with the prefix “re” before it---words like review, rewind, re-do---we automatically think of things or situations that we must execute [...]

Wedding Policy and Forms

November 8th, 2013|Comments Off on Wedding Policy and Forms

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is a link to the 52-page Wedding Policy and forms [...]

Book Review: The Effective Executive

November 6th, 2013|Comments Off on Book Review: The Effective Executive

Peter Drucker’s goal in The Effective Executive seems so simple; as he states in the preface, “The subject of this book is managing oneself for effectiveness.” It does not take long to realize, however, that [...]

Talking Multisite

November 4th, 2013|Comments Off on Talking Multisite

The following question and answer dialogue is between Bob Wood, a Campus Pastor with Central Christian Church and Greg Rupley, one of our students in the XPastor Online Course. They will discuss Bob's experiences in helping [...]

Strategic Stewardship—So the Bucks Won’t Stop Here

November 1st, 2013|Comments Off on Strategic Stewardship—So the Bucks Won’t Stop Here

It has been said that there are three kinds of leaders—the kind that makes things happen, the kind that watches things happen, and the kind that asks, “What just happened?” The shifting economy demands that [...]

Seven Reasons Why You’re Not Getting a Stage Announcement

October 30th, 2013|Comments Off on Seven Reasons Why You’re Not Getting a Stage Announcement

One of the most challenging things in service planning for pastors and communication leaders can be managing stage announcements. Without a system and strategy in place, you can quickly find yourself stuck in a rhythm [...]

Wisdom for Interim Pastors

October 18th, 2013|Comments Off on Wisdom for Interim Pastors

It’s easier for Interim Pastors to juggle live hand grenades, and less dangerous, than to juggle political causes and the local church’s mission. There’s no way to win at that game today. If a hand grenade explodes, there’s [...]

Improve the Chances of “Winning” the Year

October 14th, 2013|Comments Off on Improve the Chances of “Winning” the Year

As an avid sports fan, one aspect of coaching that I always look forward to evaluating is halftime adjustments. These adjustments can be the difference between victory and defeat, especially in closely-contested match-ups of two [...]

How to Communicate Effectively on Any Budget

October 11th, 2013|Comments Off on How to Communicate Effectively on Any Budget

Do you want to be more effective as a church? Few things will give you a better return on your investment than improving communications. Communications isn’t about spending a lot of money. Rather it’s about [...]

Book Review: Sticky Teams

October 2nd, 2013|Comments Off on Book Review: Sticky Teams

Up until now, I have for no good reason avoided reading Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne. Yes, I had heard it was excellent. Okay, more than one friend suggested it. But I guess I got [...]

Video: Protect Your Sermons From Abuse

September 30th, 2013|Comments Off on Video: Protect Your Sermons From Abuse

Did you know that your church is in the publishing business? Are you aware of everything that makes up Intellectual Property? Have you developed a thorough plan to protect the intellectual property of your church? Watch as David Middlebrook discusses those things [...]

Multisite vs. Multi-venue

September 16th, 2013|Comments Off on Multisite vs. Multi-venue

The excitement of seeing God bring more people to the doors of the church—as He works in the hearts and lives of our neighbors and friends—can also bring challenges. The reality of physical space—worship center [...]

Funding the Vision: The Role of Clarity in Financial Reporting

September 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Funding the Vision: The Role of Clarity in Financial Reporting

When it comes to funding your ministry and reporting on the finances of your church, few questions matter more. Making clarity your passion as you communicate your church’s finances equips the people of your church [...]

Book Review: Deep & Wide

September 4th, 2013|Comments Off on Book Review: Deep & Wide

Andy Stanley is fed up. He is fed up with churches that are more interested in protecting the way “we have always done it.” He is fed up with churches that invest millions of dollars [...]

Tutorial: The Inside Scoop on Live Event Planning

September 2nd, 2013|Comments Off on Tutorial: The Inside Scoop on Live Event Planning

At 11 years of age, in the seat of a local performing arts center, I intently watched Peter Furler of the Newsboys belt out “Shine” from just a few feet in front of me. I [...]

Three Reasons to do Parking Right

August 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Three Reasons to do Parking Right

As a church, we have just a short time to make a first impression on a guest; seven seconds. Not much time to impact the thought and emotional reaction of these guests. Every “touch” point [...]

It is Not Good … But It Can Be

August 21st, 2013|Comments Off on It is Not Good … But It Can Be

In The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber recognizes three primary roles in any successful business: the entrepreneur, the manager, and the technician. He describes these roles but is more concerned that small businesses fulfill all three and [...]

Ten Approaches to the Interim Pastor’s Sermon Application

August 19th, 2013|Comments Off on Ten Approaches to the Interim Pastor’s Sermon Application

The preacher’s job is to get people to see themselves in the mirror of God’s Word (James 1:22-25). But this can become a tough challenge for interim pastors. The developmental tasks before the church shapes [...]

Planning to Weather the Storm

August 14th, 2013|Comments Off on Planning to Weather the Storm

The only good thing I can say about hurricanes is, unlike many other of nature’s forces, they give you some time to prepare. Preparation, however, means different things to different people---some stay, some evacuate, some shutter [...]

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 [...]

How to Budget in a Changing Economy

July 31st, 2013|Comments Off on How to Budget in a Changing Economy

For years, budget planning followed the same pattern for many ministries: Review last year’s budget, gather all wish lists, and increase the budget accordingly. Then we were hit with the worst recession in decades, and [...]

Book Review: Dangerous Calling

July 19th, 2013|Comments Off on Book Review: Dangerous Calling

Pastors fall. Sometimes quietly, sometimes on public display—pastors fall. As one who has helped pastors and congregations deal with the aftermath of such falls, Paul David Tripp notes that pastoral failure rarely results from a [...]

“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 [...]

Video: Crisis Management for Churches

June 28th, 2013|Comments Off on Video: Crisis Management for Churches

Crises can even hit any church or ministry. Are you prepared? David Middlebrook of the Church Law Group lays out some foundational steps to mitigate the potential damage of a difficult situation. David Middlebrook, and [...]

Overtime and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

June 27th, 2013|Comments Off on Overtime and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Do you believe in slavery? Because we believe in the dignity of all people, we have enacted various laws to protect our workers. Whether you want to read this article or not, you need to! [...]

Boundaries for Youth Leaders

June 19th, 2013|Comments Off on Boundaries for Youth Leaders

It seems like a regular occurrence that I hear about a youth pastor or a youth leader messing up with a teenager sexually. It is sad, but it is the reality. The reality is simple. [...]

Newly in Charge of Unresolved Issues

June 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Newly in Charge of Unresolved Issues

When I accepted the role of Executive Pastor at EvFree Fullerton two months ago, everybody forgot to tell me that I would be the staff contact on the Worship Center remodeling project. I started getting [...]

So You Need to Preach a Funeral …

June 5th, 2013|Comments Off on So You Need to Preach a Funeral …

Some of you Executive Pastors have never done a funeral and might need some ideas. Here is an article with a touching story, a great example of the type of story to share during a [...]

14 Leadership Lessons from an Orchestra Director

May 20th, 2013|Comments Off on 14 Leadership Lessons from an Orchestra Director

I think everybody has a certain perception of symphony orchestra directors, especially the top-end professionals. People probably view them as suave, sophisticated, jet-setters who have a pretty cushy job (yeah, sure, that’s me!) While that [...]

If Nothing Changes … Nothing Changes!

May 8th, 2013|Comments Off on If Nothing Changes … Nothing Changes!

Change is hard. No, I mean real change is really hard! Oh sure, we all dream, imagine or wish that something in our lives will be different or better tomorrow; but taking the steps necessary [...]

Seven Warning Signs that Your Church Staff is in Trouble

May 5th, 2013|Comments Off on Seven Warning Signs that Your Church Staff is in Trouble

The caliber of your church staff is crucial to the long-term health of your church. Honing your ability as a leader and your church staff's ability to operate as a high functioning team takes work, [...]

Why Boards Must Always Speak with One Voice

May 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Why Boards Must Always Speak with One Voice

One of the key principles of healthy board governance is that boards always speak with one (corporate) voice! In other words, while robust dialogue and candid discussion takes place within the board room, once a [...]

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 [...]

Church Mergers: Legal and Financial Matters

April 10th, 2013|Comments Off on Church Mergers: Legal and Financial Matters

Each year, thousands of U.S. churches—plus tens of thousands of others elsewhere around the globe—are sensing that they could fulfill their God-given mission better together than separately. They're exploring new ways to join forces for [...]

Intellectual Property Policy

April 4th, 2013|Comments Off on Intellectual Property Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Intellectual Property Policy of Christ Community Church of [...]

Moral Absolutes: Black and White Shows on a Hi-Def TV

March 29th, 2013|Comments Off on Moral Absolutes: Black and White Shows on a Hi-Def TV

Years ago I was the pastor of a small rural church. We had two adult Sunday School classes that we referred to as the Older Adult Class and the Younger Adult Class. When I use [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Cardiac Emergency Response Plan

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Cardiac Emergency Response Plan

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and Policies. Below is the Cardiac Emergency Response Plan of Old North Church [...]

Children’s Ministry Policy

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Children’s Ministry Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, Review Forms and policies.  Below is the Children's Ministry Policy of Old North Church of [...]

Children’s Volunteers Policy

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Children’s Volunteers Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, Review Forms and policies. Below is the Children's Volunteers Policy of Old North Church of [...]

Benevolent Fund Policy

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Benevolent Fund Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, Review Forms and policies.  Below is the 2011 Benevolent Fund Policy of Old North Church [...]

Infrequent Preaching

January 12th, 2013|Comments Off on Infrequent Preaching

The last place you want to be on a Sunday morning is standing in front of a congregation to preach. Not only is preaching someone else’s job, it’s probably not your best strength. Yet, Christ [...]

Benevolence Policy and Form

January 10th, 2013|Comments Off on Benevolence Policy and Form

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review form, applications and policies. Below is the 2012 Benevolence Policy and form from Southbridge [...]

Benevolence and Financial Assistance Policy and Procedure

January 10th, 2013|Comments Off on Benevolence and Financial Assistance Policy and Procedure

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Benevolence and Financial Assistance Policy and Procedure of [...]

Benevolence Application

January 10th, 2013|Comments Off on Benevolence Application

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Benevolence Application from Northeast Bible Church of San [...]

The Top 8 Things Churches Should Learn From TV Newsrooms

January 6th, 2013|Comments Off on The Top 8 Things Churches Should Learn From TV Newsrooms

How do you feel that moment when your favorite TV show is abruptly interrupted, urgent music begins and a giant Special Report graphic appears? There’s nothing more exciting than being part of the team that [...]

Missions Policy

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Missions Policy

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms, applications, employee handbooks and policies. Below is the 2008 Missions Policy from [...]

Care Fund Policy

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Care Fund Policy

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, employee handbooks, review forms and policies. Below is the 2005 Care Fund Policy of [...]

Care Ministries Assistance Policy

January 3rd, 2013|Comments Off on Care Ministries Assistance Policy

XPastor tries to help churches out by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, employee handbooks, review forms and policies. Below is the Care Ministries Assistance Policy from [...]

Wedding Policy and Procedures

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Wedding Policy and Procedures

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below are the Wedding Policies and Procedures for Northwest Bible Church [...]

Vision Statement

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Vision Statement

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Vision Statement of Northwest Bible Church of Dallas, [...]

Peacemaking Policy

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Peacemaking Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, Review Forms and Policies.  Below is the Peacemaking Policy of Northwest Bible Church of Dallas, [...]

Ordination Procedures

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Ordination Procedures

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below are the Ordination Procedures of Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, [...]

On-Call Care Procedures

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on On-Call Care Procedures

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below are the On-Call Care Procedures of Northwest Bible Church in [...]

Nursery Procedures

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Nursery Procedures

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Nursery Procedures of Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, [...]

Missions Policy

December 25th, 2012|Comments Off on Missions Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies.  Below is the Missions Policy from Northwest Bible Church of Dallas, [...]

Mercy Ministry Policy

December 25th, 2012|Comments Off on Mercy Ministry Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies.  Below is the 2002 Mercy Ministry Policy of Northwest Bible Church [...]

Sign Gifts Policy

December 25th, 2012|Comments Off on Sign Gifts Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the 1995 Sign Gifts Policy at Northwest Bible Church [...]

Children’s Learning Center Policy

December 25th, 2012|Comments Off on Children’s Learning Center Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Children's Learning Center Policy of Northwest Bible Church [...]

Job Description—Elder

December 25th, 2012|Comments Off on Job Description—Elder

XPastor has collected various job descriptions from churches, to aid you in preparing job descriptions for yourself or others on your staff. Below is the job description for the Elders of Northwest Bible Church of Dallas, [...]

Elder Recommendation Form

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Elder Recommendation Form

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the 2005 Elder Recommendation Form of Northwest Bible Church [...]

Elder and Deacon Selection Policy

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Elder and Deacon Selection Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the 1979 Elder and Deacon Selection Policy of Northwest [...]

Deacon Policy

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Deacon Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the 2001 Deacon Policy of Northwest Bible Church of [...]

Church Restoration Policy

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Restoration Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the 1999 Church Restoration Policy of Northwest Bible Church [...]

Children’s Ministry Volunteer Application

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Children’s Ministry Volunteer Application

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is a Children's Ministry Volunteer Application from Northwest Bible Church [...]

Church Art in Ministry Procedures

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Art in Ministry Procedures

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below are the Church Art in Ministry Procedures of Northwest Bible [...]

Appointment Policy

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Appointment Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the 2004 Appointment Policy of Northwest Bible Church in [...]

Suggestions for Writing Church Policies

December 17th, 2012|Comments Off on Suggestions for Writing Church Policies

Every XP deals with church policy. Some of you love them, others tolerate it, while others avoid it like a plague. But every church needs them. When writing policies for your church, keep in mind [...]

Making Church Mergers Work

December 17th, 2012|Comments Off on Making Church Mergers Work

Two friends of XPastor have written an insightful book, Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work. Jim Tomberlin and Warren Bird have collaborated to bring us a great work on church mergers. I like what Amazon says [...]

Four Questions for the Fall

December 17th, 2012|Comments Off on Four Questions for the Fall

Your ministry plans for the fall are either in full “implementation mode” or you are up to your upper thighs in alligators! As I write, our church is in the midst of two weeks of [...]

Change or Die

December 17th, 2012|Comments Off on Change or Die

In America we have the popular maxim, Change or Die. Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun, showing our popular American phrase has its roots in Greek antiquity. Heraclitus said, "Everything changes, πάντα χωρεῖ." [...]

The Need for Elders FAQs

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on The Need for Elders FAQs

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is a "Need for Elders FAQ" from Chatham Community Church, [...]

Elder Evaluation and Discipline Policy

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Elder Evaluation and Discipline Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Elder Evaluation and Discipline Policy of Bible Fellowship [...]

Elder Covenant

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Elder Covenant

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Elder Covenant from Lighthouse Community Church of Kalamazoo, [...]

Divorce and Remarriage Position Paper

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Divorce and Remarriage Position Paper

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is a Position Paper on Divorce and Remarriage by the [...]

Leadership Qualifications and Divorce Policy

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Leadership Qualifications and Divorce Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Leadership Qualification and Divorce Policy of Woodinville Alliance [...]

Deacon Handbook

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Deacon Handbook

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the 2008 Deacon Handbook of Henderson Hills Baptist Church [...]

Deacon Handbook

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Deacon Handbook

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Deacon Handbook of Washington Heights Baptist Church of [...]

Church Constitution

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Constitution

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Church Constitution of Northwest Bible Church of Dallas, [...]

Church Bylaws

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Bylaws

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below are the Church Bylaws of Life Community Church of Allen, [...]

Church Constitution

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Constitution

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Church Constitution of Fellowship Bible Church of Winchester, [...]

Church By-Laws

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Church By-Laws

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below are the amended Church By-Laws of Cibolo Creek Community Church [...]

Church Bylaws

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Bylaws

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below are the Bylaws of Stough Memorial Baptist Church of Pineville, [...]

Church Constitution and Bylaws

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Constitution and Bylaws

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below are the Constitution and Bylaws of Henderson Hills Baptist Church [...]

Church Constitution

December 16th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Constitution

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Church Constitution of Grace Covenant Church of Austin, [...]

Iron Leadership

December 15th, 2012|Comments Off on Iron Leadership

In the early ’90s, I was shepherding a small Baptist church in rural Canada. In those days, being single, I lived with various families in the community. One family who owned their own meat production business [...]

Care Ministries Assistance Policy

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Care Ministries Assistance Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the 2005 Care Ministries Assistance Policy at Bible Fellowship [...]

Care Fund Policy

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Care Fund Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and church policies. Below is the 2005 Care Fund Policy of Bible Fellowship [...]

Community Impact Application

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Community Impact Application

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Community Impact Application of Christ Community Church in [...]

A Social Activism Position Paper

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on A Social Activism Position Paper

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is a 1997 Social Activism Position Paper by Henderson Hills [...]

Communications System

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Communications System

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Communications System of Hope Community Church in Raleigh, [...]

The Ten Ingredients for Creating a Mountaintop Experience

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on The Ten Ingredients for Creating a Mountaintop Experience

I recently stumbled upon something quite remarkable. My son’s marching band had just performed its last show of the season. They were in serious finals competition with the best bands from the Pacific Northwest. The [...]

Children’s Policy Manual

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Children’s Policy Manual

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Children's Policy Manual of The Sanctuary Fellowship of [...]

Kids’ Volunteer Handbook

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Kids’ Volunteer Handbook

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the 2007 Kids Volunteer Handbook of Grace Covenant Church [...]

Volunteer Background Check Permission Form

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Volunteer Background Check Permission Form

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Volunteer Background Check Permission Form of L2 Church [...]

Children’s and Youth Volunteer Policy and Forms

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Children’s and Youth Volunteer Policy and Forms

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Children's/Youth Volunteer Policy and Forms of Fellowship Bible [...]

Student Ministries Policy

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Student Ministries Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Student Ministries Policy of Old North Church of [...]

Care Ministry Strategy, Process and Job Descriptions

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Care Ministry Strategy, Process and Job Descriptions

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the 2010 Care Ministries Strategy, Process and Job Descriptions [...]

Benevolence Policy

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Benevolence Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Benevolence Policy of Apostles Church of New York, [...]

Visitor Experience Audit

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Visitor Experience Audit

Mike Robinson of www.details.com prepared this Visitor Experience Audit for Oak Hill Baptist Church, in preparation for the opening of their new building. It's many times helpful to get an outsider's perspective on your church's [...]

The Spiritual DNA of a Church

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on The Spiritual DNA of a Church

David Fletcher wrote this when he was an Executive Pastor at Grace Covenant Church of Austin, Texas. By writing down your church's "Spiritual DNA," you are putting in print what may only be oral tradition. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Generational Leadership: Our Success is Our People

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Generational Leadership: Our Success is Our People

What would you say your most valuable asset is? For most leaders, the answer is (of course) their people. But as “twentysomethings” share the boardroom with Vietnam veterans, assumptions fly about what the other person [...]

Book Review: Misquoting Jesus

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Book Review: Misquoting Jesus

For most students of the New Testament, a book on textual criticism is a real yawn. The tedious details are not the stuff of a bestseller. All this changed with Bart Ehrman’s recent Misquoting Jesus: The Story [...]

The Most Important Function of a Church Board

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The Most Important Function of a Church Board

How should Senior Pastors interact with their board? How should the board interact with their pastor? It’s a classic question we get asked a lot as we do executive searches. Therefore, we are posting some [...]

Honing a Church Staff

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Honing a Church Staff

By definition, leaders build teams. One cannot be a leader unless others follow. In a similar vein—and again by definition—a church involves a plurality of people. One person cannot operate as a church. It takes a team [...]

Emergency Preparedness for Churches

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Emergency Preparedness for Churches

Nobody likes to think a disaster or act of violence could happen to them. Maybe you’ve never even considered that it might happen to your church. Disasters or acts of violence are difficult to foresee [...]

A Pastor as a Church Planter in India

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on A Pastor as a Church Planter in India

Francis Foulkes, in his book entitled, The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians, states, “Apostles and evangelists had a particular task in planting the church in every place; prophets, for bringing a particular word from [...]

Letters from the Front Lines of Church Planting

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Letters from the Front Lines of Church Planting

It’s 7:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning. Sonny pulls in front of a 200-year-old shirt factory turned nightclub ready to clean up after last night's show. I unlock the door; we walk in to assess [...]

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 [...]

Servant Leadership in the Life of an XP

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Servant Leadership in the Life of an XP

Remember the old Beatle’s song—All You Need Is Love?” Who knew then that John Lennon and the rest of the Beatles were all over what the Bible has to say to us as leaders? As Executive [...]

Leadership on Evangelism

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Leadership on Evangelism

John Maxwell says that everything rises or falls on leadership. Let’s test that idea on the topic of evangelism and see if it’s true. I have worked alongside pastors and ministry leaders my entire adult career. It [...]

The People Factor

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The People Factor

Working with people is very rewarding but difficult at the same time. Dealing with different personalities, backgrounds and methods can be tiresome. In a business where individuals coming to Christ and being disciples are the [...]

Funeral Messages

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Funeral Messages

Eulogy’s are often times the most difficult sermons. The struggle over what to say and how to say it can be quite burdensome. I remember feeling very uncomfortable teaching a message for a very tragic [...]

Dealing with Failure in the Church

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Dealing with Failure in the Church

This article may be somewhat controversial to some. My hope is that this can begin a healthy discussion on the process of how to restore someone back from failure. Being a pastor, I deal with mistakes [...]

A Biblical View of Administrative Leadership

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on A Biblical View of Administrative Leadership

Church administration is an organizational approach that translates the purposes of God revealed to church leadership into effective ministry that reaches the unique goals and purposes of the church. Administration is ministry, not methods; people, [...]

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. [...]

​Types of Leadership: Vision, Management, Governance

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on ​Types of Leadership: Vision, Management, Governance

Churches just might be the least clarified organizations in our society; I believe one of the reasons is a lack of understanding among these three types of leadership—vision, management, and governance. Recently, God has given me numerous opportunities [...]

God-Honoring Worship Changes

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on God-Honoring Worship Changes

Autumn Ridge Church recently celebrated its 150th anniversary; this has provided a wonderful opportunity for us---to remember with gratitude those who have come before us and to look forward to the ways in which God [...]

Leading Through Change Without Splitting the Church

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Leading Through Change Without Splitting the Church

Change---it really is hard. There are some words in church that are just inflammatory. Uttering the word “change” is the church equivalent of yelling shark at the beach. One of the reasons may be that many times, [...]

On Being A Campus Pastor

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on On Being A Campus Pastor

For the first several years of our marriage, my wife and I were “renters.” We began in a wonderful, two-bedroom apartment.  Upon hearing that we were pregnant with our second child, we moved into a [...]

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. [...]

Four Characteristics of Growing Churches

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Four Characteristics of Growing Churches

I caught a flight out of Denver, still celebrating the ministry impact that was clearly evident at the church I had just visited. As I traveled, I began to compare and contrast it with other [...]

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 [...]

And Now We Are In the New Building …

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on And Now We Are In the New Building …

“Pitch 39 Boss Reverse Pass” was the play and as soon as Executive Pastor Bill Northrop saw the Pittsburgh Steelers run it in Super Bowl XL, he knew his life had just gotten much, much more complicated. [...]

The Executive Pastor: Key to Future Leader Development

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The Executive Pastor: Key to Future Leader Development

If you ask most Executive Pastors to show you their radars, they'd look a lot like FAA snapshots charting planes in flight across the country. While I know you're as stressed as a control tower [...]

Antibodies to Change

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Antibodies to Change

The immune system of the human body is incredibly complex and powerful. When it is not working properly, the body dies with surprising quickness. But when it is healthy, the body is able to fend [...]

The Multiple Staff Relationship

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The Multiple Staff Relationship

The vast majority of churches have only one pastor, but increasingly there are churches with multiple staffs. With this in mind let me talk first about the role of the Senior Pastor, followed by thoughts [...]

Why Does Your Church Exist?

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Why Does Your Church Exist?

Church members frequently understand themselves to be the raison d'êtrefor which their congregations exist: “Our church is here to meet our needs.” But, as they move toward a missional stance, many congregational leaders today seek a [...]

Issues with Women in Ministry

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Issues with Women in Ministry

A seasoned pastor offered an honest comment as I opened a workshop on the topic of developing a written church Position Statement regarding women in ministry: “This is the burning issue in my church. My congregation and the [...]