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)
I would like to engage with this opportunity!
It will be great to have you involved, Jon. You can head over and join the NavXP community, which is where we will keep you up to date on the live webinars. http://www.tonybowick.com/navxp
Tell me a little about your journey. Are you in ministry currently?