Casey Graham says he is seeing a new trend in church staffing:Â Firing the XP (Executive Pastor).Â But why?Â Here are three of the reasons Casey thinks are behind the trend:
1. Â They were hired too early
Most pastors in a church plant think they need an executive pastor to â€œget things doneâ€. Â The senior pastor is told if they want to grow they have to do less and let others do more, so the pastor hires the XP early on to get things done. Â As the church grows the person that was hired was good for the church at 200 but not at 500. Â The expectations are usually high for the XP because they are getting paid more than an administrative worker.
Senior pastors: Â You need to probably hire an assistant early on, not an XP! Â The assistant usually can scale with you better than the big salary you will feel you need to pay an XP.
2. Â Unclear job description
XPâ€™s usually are in charge of everything. Â When the XP is in charge of everything it is very hard to define success for the job. Â I usually see the XP doing a lot of everything but gets credit for very little. Â The XP is then looked upon as someone who manages a lot but accomplishes a little. Â When this happens the pastor starts to think, â€œWhat do you really do? Â Are you really worth 50k?â€
Senior Pastors: It is extremely important to define very clear goals and responsibilities. Â This happens in the hiring process AND the review process. Â You should do formal reviews at least twice a year.
3. Controling pastor
The pastor is told from conferences and books, â€œyou canâ€™t manage all your staff and meetings by yourself, someone else needs to do it.â€ Â The pastor goes to the XP and says, â€œI need you to lead the staff and meetings.â€ Â The change results in many people reporting to the XP and few to the senior guy. Â This is cool for a little bit and the lead guy feels relief but soon after it falls apart. Â It falls apart because the lead guy transfers the responsibility but not the authority. Â If the XP still has to go to the lead guy for a yes or no on decisions it will not work. Â Also, the lead pastor can start to feel â€œout of the loopâ€ and things happen that he doesnâ€™t know about and he feels out of control. Â When this happens the controlling pastor snatches back the reigns and the XP feels defeated.
Take a look at his blog for more insight on this trend, as well as an admonition to Senior Pastors everywhere…
What do you think?Â Are you seeing this happen more and more?Â Have you fired an XP recently?Â Or, are you an XP that recently lost his position?Â What were the reasons?