Hey, Fletch: Why Does Our Church Need an Executive Pastor?
Tips for convincing leadership that the executive pastor role is a necessary one.
Hey, Fletch: Why Does Our Church Need an Executive Pastor?
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In this biweekly column, longtime executive pastor and XPastor.org founder David Fletcher takes on readers’ questions about finances, staffing, communications, and more. Submit your questions using the subject line "Hey, Fletch" to editor@churchlawandtax.com.

What is the best way to convince a strong senior pastor of the necessity for creating an executive pastor role at the church?

The answer is “complexity.” Strong senior pastors understand that! Churches of all sizes deal with complex budgets, the Affordable Care Act, ministry strategy, child safety, security to prevent an active shooter, hiring and termination, legal issues, staff culture, ministry best practices, etc. On “complexity,” check out this interview I did with Matt Branaugh of Church Law & Tax.

Dan Reiland wrote “Who Needs an Executive Pastor, Anyway?” for XPastor.org. It is a short and to-the-point summary of the need. Dan wrote that in 2014. Due to ever-increasing “complexity,” in 2018, we are now seeing the executive pastor role in two-thirds of churches that have 500-1,000 people in weekly worship attendance. I’m still boggled at that statistic. Ask your senior pastor how “complexity” has affected your church.

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