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:
- We must first understand true co-pastoring.
- Co-pastoring is rare.
- Co-pastoring is rarely effective.
- Shared responsibility is a positive.
- Shared work responsibility is a positive.
- The pastors must both keep their egos in check.
- Complementary giftedness is rare.
- Usually one of the pastors emerges as the leader.
Resources mentioned in today’s podcast
- Next by William Vanderbloemen
- Church Answers Platinum
- Revitalize Network Conference – April 20-21, 2020 – Bradenton, FL
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