Nine Essential Functions of An Executive Pastor

After serving 34 years as a Worship Pastor (Minister of Music, Associate Pastor of Worship)…the title has changed over the years…God has led me to accept another type of ministry position. The new position is that of Executive Pastor.
For a few years I had sensed that God was preparing me for this type of role. It was evidenced to me by the the variety of ministry experiences God had allowed me to work through and by a passion God has placed in my heart to lead a church staff encouraging, empowering and holding them accountable to do their best.  I shared some of this in a blog post titled: Knowing God’s Will Through Transition.
As I begin to pursue a new ministry position I set out to clarify my thoughts about and functions of an Executive Pastor. Long before I was ever interviewed for this new role I had compiled the following thoughts.
1. Totally Committed to supporting the Senior Pastor (Exodus 17:11)When Moses’ hands grew heavy, they (Arron and Hur) gave him a place to sitand supported his hands. The Executive Pastor should do this for the Senior/Lead Pastor. The Executive Pastor’s first role is to support the Senior/Lead Pastor.2. Freeing the Senior Pastor to Accomplish What He Does Best (1 Corinthians 12) Every believer is equipped for ministry and that applies to both the Executive Pastor and Senior/Lead Pastor. It is the role of the Executive Pastor to take things off the plate of the Senior/Lead Pastor so that he can do what he does best. He then becomes a more effective leader.

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Knowing God’s Will Through Transition

In seventeen years a family can put down a lot of roots in a community. In that amount of time you can watch your kids travel through the school years and transition into adults. In seventeen years you can build relationships with many people. And after seventeen years a community becomes home.

That is what my family did in seventeen years in Franklin, Tennessee. And it was just a few years ago that I would have never dreamed that we transitioning to another community and another place of ministry…but God knew.

In my last Sunday at ClearView Baptist in Franklin, Tennessee, my last Sunday as a Worship Pastor I had the opportunity to say a few words before leading the congregation in one final song. Here is what I said, here is what I believe. Continue Reading…

Music for Mission

My wife and I have been blessed with two children, both who have chosen to follow Christ and both have hearts to do life on mission with Christ. We have seen evidence of this as they live their lives locally and how they seek out ways to travel to share Christ with people groups around the world.

After graduating from college our daughter spent four months in Peru ministering and sharing Christ to in a remote village. That was just one of the missions she has been on. Today when a new opportunity comes up there is a ‘light’ that comes in her eyes and I know she is trying to figure out how to go.

Our son, has the same type of heart for sharing the gospel with others. He also has been on mission trips outside the United States and most recently to a small country in West Africa. This May he is planning to return. Spencer 'West Africa

He is passionate about going and is in the process of raising funds for this trip.  He is doing so by combining his passion for being on mission with his passion for music.

A few weeks ago he released his first recording project of original music. On this album he sings the original songs and plays all the accompanying instruments.

I have purchased and I am asking that you consider doing the same. The project is titled Prodigal and can be found on All the proceeds that are given for the project go directly to fund his mission trip. The suggested donation is $5 and you can add more if you can.

Spencer T Smith Not only am I proud of my kids but I am challenged by their commitment to ‘going’ to share the gospel.

Ministry Transition

Earlier this week I accepted the ministry position as Executive Pastor at RiverTree Church in Huntsville, Alabama. Soon after that I submitted my resignation to ClearView Baptist Church where I have served for almost seventeen years.

Not only I am moving to a different ministry location but I am also transitioning to a new area of ministry. For the last 34 years I have served as a Minister of Music/Worship Pastor in the local church.

Although this may seem as a major change, I believe it is what God has been preparing me for.

Throughout my career as a Worship Pastor I have had the opportunity to lead many other ministry areas from managing an office staff to coordinating three building projects and everything in between.

I am a strong believer in the fact that God allows you to experience things where you are now for what He wants you to do in the future.

God has been preparing me for the new ministry role.
God has opened the door for this new ministry.
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A Daily Pep Talk

How do you enter the office every day?

Making this more personal: how do I enter the office every day?
Meeting with some friends a few weeks ago one of the guys mentioned that he gives himself a pep talk each morning as he walks from his car to the entrance to his office. The pep talk includes these three statements:
  1. help me be a good leader today.
  2. let me inspire those I lead
  3. let me move the organization forward today
Simple statements that could be a game changer for the day.
I was challenged by the three statements, more importantly I was challenged to be intentional about how I enter the office every day.
Do you have a mantra that you use to get a day at the office started?
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