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What’s the background on some of these church policies? What are the biblical backbones to these concepts?  Below are some case studies and other articles, giving the theology behind a ministry strategy.

 

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Paradigms for Urban Ministry

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Paradigms for Urban Ministry

I like to ask myself what assumptions lie behind the way I think about ministry. In May of 2007, I was asked to write a preliminary, background assessment as Campus Crusade for Christ began rethinking [...]

Exit of a Founding Pastor

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Exit of a Founding Pastor

One of the greatest challenges in the business world is the exit of the founder of a corporation. Consider the words of Professor Noam Wasserman of the Harvard Business School: "My research focuses on founder frustrations in [...]

Succession Plan: A 20-Year Transition

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Succession Plan: A 20-Year Transition

In the year 1990, when Nicholas Smith was 8 years old, Bethany Baptist Church of Lindenwold, New Jersey had 29 active members. In the year 2003, Bethany Baptist had 16,500 members, Nicholas was 23 years old and [...]

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. [...]

Stonebriar Community Church: Adding a Third Service, Part II

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Stonebriar Community Church: Adding a Third Service, Part II

In the Stonebriar Community Church Case Study, the decision of Dr. Charles Swindoll to add a third service at 8:00 on Sunday morning was introduced. Chuck, as he likes to be called, had informed his Executive Pastor, [...]

Stonebriar Community Church: The XP and Church Growth, Part I

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Stonebriar Community Church: The XP and Church Growth, Part I

In January 2004, Dr. Charles Swindoll, Senior Pastor of Stonebriar Community Church, announced his decision to David Chavanne, the church’s Senior Executive Pastor. The internationally known radio preacher, who likes to be called “Chuck,” had decided that Stonebriar [...]

The XP as Catalyst

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The XP as Catalyst

Steve Roese is a Catalyst. Shakes up categories … no policy manuals or time cards—anywhere … visionary with an outreach heart … doesn’t allow second best … lightning rod for criticism … explains explosive issues … loves 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 [...]

Dallas: The New Capital of Evangelicalism

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Dallas: The New Capital of Evangelicalism

In Christianity Today, Associate Editor Edward Gilbreath presents a thesis which could serve as a cogent rationale for the selection of case study churches. In the cover story, Gilbreath writes on “The New Capital of [...]

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 [...]