The role of an Executive Pastor (or XP) can be difficult to define. It’s not a new role, but it tends to look different based on the culture and structure of each church. Sometimes, the XP role goes by a different title altogether, such as Operations Pastor, Administrative Pastor, or Director of Operations.

Whatever your church decides to call it, this individual usually oversees human resources, facilities, insurance, finances, and making sure everything behind-the-scenes runs smoothly. This frees up the Senior Pastor to provide overall vision, church direction, and sermon preparation.

I’ve seen a lot of requests lately in my Church Executive Administration & Operations Facebook Group to provide an executive pastor’s job description. Since this role varies by church, there are a handful of resources to check out to find a definition that works for your situation.

If you’re wanting to define your church’s XP role, check out these sources below:

No. 1: XPastor

XPastor, a resource for training executive church staff, offers several sample job descriptions from churches across the country. Filter by “Executive Pastor” to view. It’s founder, David Fletcher, also has a great post here regarding the history of the XP role and the various types of Executive Pastors.

No. 2: Executive Pastor Online

Here’s a preview of the Executive Pastor Online’s XP definition: “The Executive Pastor is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of church staff, leading all functional areas in the accomplishment of the church’s mission.” To learn more from Executive Pastor Kevin Stone on the XP’s essential job functions, keep reading.

No. 3: Unseminary

Unseminary presents helpful tips and the value of job descriptions in this 2014 post, “9 Lessons on Effective Church Job Descriptions (& 59 FREE Samples!)” First, it answers why you should have job descriptions, and second, how to write them well.

No. 4: 12Stone Church Resources

As the XP at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Dan Reiland has years of experience in the duties of Executive Pastor. View his personal job description here and visit his blog for knowledge on developing great church leaders.

An Executive Pastor can play a pivotal role in helping a church successfully fulfill its mission. If you’re thinking of adding this key position to your church staff, these four resources will give you a good starting point in developing your church’s XP job description.