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  1. I think an Administrator is quite different than an Executive Pastor. While the Executive Pastor may have gifts different from the Senior Pastor, he or she must have leadership and speaking gifts that complement the Senior Pastor. Today’s culture causes people to be very demanding of their churches — they want to see “something for everyone.” It is the role of Executive Pastor, as John Aitken II points out here, to pull it all together and bring them to the same altar of Jesus Christ. (This is quite different than paying the bills and getting the furnace serviced.)

  2. In all of this “diversity” we can loose our focus. I love the idea of multiple “venues” but do not let it be at the expense of UNITY. The reason our pervasive culture loves separate is because our world’s culture doesn’t like to integrate. We seem to love to “carve out our own program”, then we try to make that program about what “we” like rather than working together the differences out and humanizing our age, economic, ethnic, personal difference to be “one” in Christ and working toward that Goal.

    I agree… I have become an Executive pastor even though my church is a mere 570 people. I believe the purpose of an executive pastor would be to bring all of these different galvanized groups together to one altar…God and His Unifying Force for this world. He died on a cross so that we may become “one” with Him. He bridged the gap. We must Work as ministers to bridge the gap between all of our peoples “preferences.” This does not mean letting go of morales…this establishes God’s Morals.

    The World Separates…”categorizes”…we must Unify under God;s Word.
    John II

  3. Churches with multiple venues is not a new idea. It is even scriptural! Cast your mind back to the day after Pentecost; Peter wakes up and remembers what happened the day before (over 3,000 converts) and says to the others, “What are we going to do with all these people?”. they were overwhelmed with them, and of course scriptures tell u s that ‘their numbers were added to daily…..!’ So what did they do? They did not have a big church to put them all in; in fact they did not have any churches at all. They met in each others houses in small groups. An early version of what we call ‘cell’ church today. Large churches are expensive and a massive drain on resources, so are many of the sometimes unnecessary paid staff that abound these days (executive Pastors?).

  4. It is too bad that all the changes you listed are only process, not spiritual. Wonder what that means?

  5. I would really like to get insight not just for larger congregations, but mid-size and small one s as well.
    There seems to be a trend in congregations getting smaller with a rapid decline in membership.
    Can you shed some insight on this? Also, what can pastors and the congregation due to build their congregation back up with the rapid decline?
    Many thanks.

  6. Used to be called Administrator…what’s the diff?

  7. Can you define what is meant by Executive Pastor?