On August 22 I posted "Hiring an Associate (Executive) Pastor".  Today I read a great article by Ryan Townsend Why Your Second Hire Might Be An Administrative Pastor .  Taking direction from Tony Payne's The Trellis and The Vine he suggests that real growth that churches should pursue is the growth of the vine (Christians); growing the trellises (administrative structures) is important insofar as it helps the vine to grow. 

He says, "vine growth in a church becomes easier and more efficient with good 'trellises' – strategy, structures, processes, tools, and communication.  Such trellises both steward our resources and relationships and promote supernatural, gospel growth."  That is a great summary as to the why we are pursuing the hire of an Associate (Executive) Pastor at OBC.  Read the article it is succinct and helpful.