The position of an Executive Pastor is often thankless, but when it comes down to it, the XP’s job is simply making church work – the problem-solver, the strategist, so often the bad guy. There seems to be a never-ending list of challenges freshly piled on the plate, but I don’t see a lot of support for the XP role available in the pastoral community. There are a few good resources out there, like David Fletcher’s amazing site xpastor.org. Alternately, you can read Leading From the Second Chair, attend Business Administrator meetings, and fumble through it yourself.
I think the XP community itself is one of the best untapped resources. A lot of us come from corporate or business backgrounds, and there is a tremendous potential of real-world experience available to help make the church work. To that end, in the new year I am launching NavXP – a Google+ community with a quarterly collaborative webinar with Executive Pastors from around the country. Each of these webinars will feature pastors answering burning questions that XP’s face on a daily basis. The first NavXP session will be hosted on January 31st at 1pm (CST) on Google Hangouts, with the opportunity for you to interact in real-time as our guest XP’s address the question how to grow ministry with less money.
It’s going to be a fantastic meeting of the minds – and we need your mind to be involved. So save the date! If you don’t have a Google+ account, sign up now. It’s free!
I would love for you to be involved. This is a collaborative effort to provide resources and support to the second chair role. Contact me if you would like to engage with this opportunity.
>> January 31, 2013 at 1pm (CST)