Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care2018-02-10T16:18:43+00:00

So you’re the Executive Pastor but you’re called on to preach an occasional sermon or officiate at a wedding or funeral. Below are some articles that can help you fulfill the ‘pastor’ part of your title.

Chapelstreet Church Motivates Good Neighboring

July 21st, 2018|Comments Off on Chapelstreet Church Motivates Good Neighboring

A few weeks ago, Fletch had the pleasure to be with multisite Chapelstreet Church of Geneva, Illinois. While there, he saw a 10-page magazine, Neighbor, summer 2018 edition. Fletch picked up a hard copy [...]

Review of “Through Colored Glasses”

June 7th, 2018|Comments Off on Review of “Through Colored Glasses”

I recently had the pleasure to interview Tom Harper, CEO of Networld Media Group and publisher of BiblicalLeadership.com. Tom recently released Through Colored Glasses: How Great Leaders Reveal Reality which addresses a leadership challenge identified in Proverbs 16:2—All a [...]

5 Reasons People Aren’t Inviting Friends To Your Church

May 24th, 2018|Comments Off on 5 Reasons People Aren’t Inviting Friends To Your Church

When people in your congregation personally experience a spiritually transformed life and see it in others, they are encouraged and inspired. Stories of life change represent the power of the gospel, and those stories need [...]

Speed Racers

March 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on Speed Racers

Speed Racers are just getting started at 60 mph. Racers are built for speed, topping out at over 200 mpg. While you can go fast, it’s easy to run out of gas—or worse, crash!At the 2018 [...]

Spiritual Trucks

March 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Spiritual Trucks

Trucks are built solid. On a dirt road, you can easily drive from 30 to 60 miles per hour. On a paved road, a truck could top out at 100 mph. Trucks are built [...]

Soapbox Racers

March 9th, 2018|Comments Off on Soapbox Racers

Driving 80 miles per hour in a Soapbox Racer is absurd. You will quickly crash. Accelerate your Soapbox Racer from 10 mph up to 30 mph. You will rejoice at going 30 mph. But your [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

There’s Power in Reading Scripture Aloud

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on There’s Power in Reading Scripture Aloud

We had a Nehemiah event at our church several weeks ago. No, we didn’t rebuild any walls. We did something more enduring with far more impact. We read Scripture aloud for three hours. It was [...]

Hired from Within to be the XP: A Case Study

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Hired from Within to be the XP: A Case Study

In the American religious landscape, there is no clear path for an individual to become an Executive Pastor. Whether a man or woman comes from the executive or church world, there are a variety of paths to [...]

Care & Correction or Shaming—A Case Study

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Care & Correction or Shaming—A Case Study

The newspapers screamed headlines such as “Is Public Shaming by the Church Legal?” and “Church, ex-member battle over discipline.” The story ran from coast to coast and was fodder in blog discussions, hallway chatter, legal [...]

Care & Correction or Shaming: Excerpts from the Case Study

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Care & Correction or Shaming: Excerpts from the Case Study

Newspapers screamed the headline, “Is Public Shaming by the Church Legal?” The story ran coast to coast. Yet, the giants of the national news media had differing “facts” from each other—so, carefully read all the [...]

The Church Staff’s Role During a Divorce

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Church Staff’s Role During a Divorce

Nothing pains like divorce … especially when children are involved. While divorce is a family matter, it can spill into the workplace through child custody disputes. This can be quite challenging for leaders who must [...]

How to Hold Difficult Conversations

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on How to Hold Difficult Conversations

Holding a tough conversation is arguably a leader’s most difficult and draining responsibility. Many leaders dread these talks … and understandably so. But strange as it may seem, a tough conversation can be the most [...]

Throw Me a Lifeline

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Throw Me a Lifeline

I never thought I’d be talking to a counselor with my Senior Pastor, but there I was. We sat at ninety-degree angles from each other, facing a kind, older gentleman who was a stranger to [...]

Get a Life

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Get a Life

As I quickly evaluated my life, I suddenly realized I knew no one outside my church. I thought about a typical day: gas at a self-service pump, a few groceries bought at the self-checkout lane [...]

After 40 Years of Pastoring, I Still Stand by the Door

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on After 40 Years of Pastoring, I Still Stand by the Door

Ministry is about people. Loving them. Equipping and encouraging them. Getting close to them. Not an easy job with 75 people, let alone 175 or 500 or 1,000. In watching pastors who want to touch people [...]

A New Beginning: Suggestions for a New Pastor

May 5th, 2009|Comments Off on A New Beginning: Suggestions for a New Pastor

Steve's phone call was filled with excitement. It was his first church. I had known him from his home church where he was a fine lay leader. Now he was on his own. He [...]

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