Does Co-Pastoring Really Work?

April 23, 2019
Episode #530
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Co-pastoring is rare but is also seen in some churches in different forms. Today we discuss the pros and cons of co-pastoring and some paths forward for the practice.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Even with a plurality of elders, there typically ends up being a singular leader and not co-pastors.
  • Shared leadership often means shared responsibility.
  • Competing egos can often become a problem in co-pastor situations.
  • Usually, co-pastors have similar gifts rather than complementary ones and that leads to tension.

The eight aspects of co-pastoring we discuss are:

  1. We must first understand true co-pastoring.
  2. Co-pastoring is rare.
  3. Co-pastoring is rarely effective.
  4. Shared responsibility is a positive.
  5. Shared work responsibility is a positive.
  6. The pastors must both keep their egos in check.
  7. Complementary giftedness is rare.
  8. Usually one of the pastors emerges as the leader.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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