Executive Leadership in New Churches

Episode 732

Regardless of a church’s financial situation, every pastor can benefit from having a “No. 2.” Host Clint Clifton talks with Todd Adkins and Jamie Caldwell about important aspects of adding executive leadership.

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • Why executive leadership isn’t irrelevant in new churches
  • How an executive leader can level up everybody’s church experience
  • The importance of “doing life” with your No. 2
  • Why you will need to walk yourself back from getting involved
  • The importance of “culture fit”

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Sharable Quotes (#NewChurches):

You need a guy riding shotgun with you. Whether you pay that guy or not, you need this role. @Todd Adkins

You’re looking for somebody who’s going to complement the giftings of the senior pastor. The executive pastor may look a little bit different in one situation than it does in another. @ClintJClifton

In a church-planting environment, there’s there’s no way not to do life together. You got to be staying in your house all day not to do life with the people, because the church plant’s usually small and the team’s tight-knit. @ClintJClifton

If you trust him, then give him the freedom to do the job. Nobody wants to get hired and then be led by the hand in this incredibly micromanaging process. – Jamie Caldwell

Hire slowly and make sure there’s a culture fit before you pull the trigger. If there is any area in which they are different than you, make sure it’s an area you want to change in your culture. @Todd Adkins

Know where you’re weak and then ask people to take on roles who can help you with those weaknesses. If they don’t know how to do it, learn together. – Jamie Caldwell

Most church planters are gifted on the vision front. They often aren’t real good at the details and administration of the church’s life. Pray that God would provide somebody who could help you. @ClintJClifton

Published February 16, 2023

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