DOES CO-PASTORING REALLY WORK? – RAINER ON LEADERSHIP #530

ThomRainer.com | 1/29/2019 | Staff
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Does Co-Pastoring Really Work? Does Co-Pastoring Really Work?

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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.

Highlights - Today - Episode

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.

Leadership - Responsibility

Shared leadership often means shared responsibility.

Competing egos can often become a problem in co-pastor situations.

Co-pastors - Gifts - Ones - Tension

Usually, co-pastors have similar gifts rather than complementary ones and that leads to tension.

The eight aspects of co-pastoring we discuss are:

Co-pastoring

We must first understand true co-pastoring.

Co-pastoring is rare.

Co-pastoring

Co-pastoring is rarely effective.

Shared responsibility is a positive.

Work - Responsibility

Shared work responsibility is a positive.

The pastors must both keep their egos in check.

Giftedness

Complementary giftedness is rare.

Usually one of the pastors emerges as the leader.

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