Theology

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 [...]