Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders
  • Confident Leader!

    You’re a good leader, but leadership is challenging and can rattle your confidence. Setbacks, challenges, and problems can cause you to second-guess yourself, doubt, or pull back. Your confidence may be stretched thin, but there is a way to strengthen it.

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    / March 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Confident Leader!

We’ve all been in uncharted waters for the past six months.

Uncharted waters include:

  • Unfamiliar territory
  • Little to no experience navigating those waters
  • Can’t foresee what will happen

No leader is immune.

Young leaders are wide-eyed, and veteran leaders are weary-eyed, but we are all in the same COVID boat together.

We’re navigating:

  • An uncertain economy
  • A COVID environment
  • The upcoming elections

When the waters are choppy, what do you hold on to?

My Father-in-Law, Pete, was a Master Chief in the Navy and served our country well. And if you know much about the Navy, the Master Chiefs were the leaders who made things happen on a day to day basis. “Pop,” as we call him, spent a lot of time at sea and gained great wisdom about navigating rough waters. He says it’s all about people and sticking together to get the job done.

That’s good advice.

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Coaching others in personal growth is a passion of mine.

Few things in life are as rewarding as seeing someone become the best version of themself.

My granddaughter Anza is just seven months old and I’m watching her develop before my eyes — and so quickly. Anza is sitting up now and leans over to pick up toys, actually, anything she can get her hands on! She has amazing focus. When she can’t quite reach something, I’m quick to hand it to her, but her parents are smarter about that.

My daughter Mackenzie and Son-In-Law Jacob are great parents,they help Anza figure out how to grasp something that’s a little bit of a stretch for her.

That helps Anza develop.

The effort to reach, stretch and strive is core to all development.

It has always been curious to me how we all see the development of a child as something natural, important, and something to be championed and pursued.

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How will we lead in the post-COVID era?

Is it possible that we are all becoming church planters with buildings?

Perhaps that’s exaggerated, but not by much.

If you adopt a church planter’s mental, emotional, and spiritual disposition, it’s an exciting time to lead right now.

Church planters:

  • Live in the realm of the unknown
  • Have no guarantees
  • Are not sure how many people they will have when the dust settles
  • Have a clear and passionate vision
  • Possess unbounding faith and hope

Hmmm… sounds a lot like most of us.

Yes, we have buildings, some resources, and a number of people.

However, most church leaders admit they don’t really know how many people are still part of the congregation, their buildings are not full, and many of their best leaders are not ready to come back.

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What can stop the Coronavirus?

I’m all in for: 

  • Wearing my mask.
  • Social distancing. 
  • Washing my hands. 

That makes a big difference.

We also need factual and accurate information to keep learning the trends, what works, what doesn’t work, and how to be smart about this crazy season we’re all in.

Some say it won’t be over until there’s a vaccine. There is undoubtedly truth to that, but is a vaccine really the magic bullet? 

I don’t know what God has in mind, but I am confident that He loves and cares about people and can shut down the Coronavirus by speaking even just one word. 

What I do know is that prayer is our best, strongest, and most powerful weapon against this world pandemic. 

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