Reid Hopkins has been a Churchteams raving fan for a long time. Last year I mentioned highlighting ways people are using Churchteams through an occasional Epic! blog post.
The part of Reid's story I want to highlight today is his launch of XP Ministry last year. It does a great job illustrating how we are helping other, non-church organizations thrive. Here's my interview with him.
What churches have you served and what did God do in your life during that time?
When I graduated seminary at the age of 26, I was hired as an Associate Pastor at a church in Rock Hill, South Carolina where I oversaw youth and discipleship for 7 years. Those were wonderful years of ministry, and I am so grateful for my time at that church.
At the age of 33, I was given the opportunity to join the staff at The Brook in Madison, Alabama, where I have served as the Executive Pastor for approximately 6 years. In this role, I have grown as a leader and deepened my understanding of what it means to pastor and shepherd God's people towards biblical faithfulness.
What led you to start XPMinistry.com?
At The Brook, one of our values is "Kingdom Priorities." Simply put, it's not about us. Rather, what can we do to advance God's Kingdom? After spending several years in this role as an Executive Pastor, I felt that I had something to offer to other XPs.
What is your purpose statement?
The primary purpose of XPMinistry is "To encourage and equip Executive Pastors, and to help the local church be excellent with the administrative side of ministry."
Who is XPMinistry for?
It is for anyone and everyone, but I primarily share things that will benefit other XPs and churches that need help with administration.
What can people expect to get from XPMinistry?
Through this venue, I give away all of my resources for free, share any leadership principles that I have found helpful, send out a monthly newsletter to encourage/challenge our network, and pray for our partnering churches.
How much does it cost?
All of this is 100% free. No bait and switch.
How is Churchteams helping you?
Using Churchteams I am able to manage and communicate with my growing network of churches. This would be very hard to do effectively without a powerful system like Churchteams.
What is the best next step for someone who wants to learn more about XPMinistry?
You can access XPMinistry at xpministry.com. And, if you would like to receive my monthly newsletter, you can join my network for free with the "Join Us" link at the top of the page.
Through the years we have had many people like Reid that loved Churchteams and wanted to use it for other mission, community, and church network organizations they are a part of. And it really works well for them. If you are part of or know of another organization that could use a powerful, data-driven communication tool like Churchteams, pay it forward!