For the last three years, I have enjoyed ongoing dialogue with three men I respect tremendously: Josh Patterson, David Thompson, and Kevin Peck. We originally met through an executive pastor network and continued to look for times to connect to sharpen one another. I was serving as executive pastor at Christ Fellowship, Josh as executive pastor of the Village (now as lead pastor of ministry), David as executive pastor at Summit in Raleigh, and Kevin as executive pastor of Austin Stone (now lead pastor).
It is more likely that you have heard of their senior/teaching pastors: Matt Chandler, J. D. Greear, and Matt Carter. All three are humble and godly leaders who the Lord, in His providence, has anointed to powerfully proclaim His Word. And if you asked any of them questions about specific ministries of their church, they would default to Josh, David, and Kevin.
We met a few weeks ago in Nashville and spent a day encouraging and challenging one another. For half an hour, I invited two camera guys to record us in hopes that some of the discussion would encourage executive or associate pastors who lead but don’t necessarily preach every weekend. While it felt a little more formal once the camera was turned on, there was no script or rehearsal.
I guided the discussion around three elements of leadership: leading yourself, leading up, and leading others. I will post the video in segments over the next two weeks.
First, leading yourself…