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Does Co-Pastoring Really Work? Does Co-Pastoring Really Work?
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:
We must first understand true co-pastoring.
Co-pastoring is rare.
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.
Complementary giftedness is rare.
Usually one of the pastors emerges as the leader.
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