Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Author / Alex Morrison

Without developing more and better leaders, it’s unlikely that you’ll realize all that God has in mind for your church. Yes, God can do anything, He doesn’t “need” us, but He chose us. This is his plan. In His divine wisdom, God has chosen to extend His Kingdom through us.

Jesus modeled leadership development. He gathered the seventy, selected the 12 disciples, and he was close to Peter, James and John. Jesus invested in them. He spent time with them, taught them, corrected them, cared about them, and empowered them to preach the gospel, heal the sick, and carry out the Kingdom of God.

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As a leader, you know the importance of encouraging people. It’s impossible to over encourage people as long as you are sincere. And I’m sure you’re not only generous but intentional about your encouragement of others. However, leaders need encouragement too, right?

So, how’s it going for you right now? Is your church or ministry area entirely problem free, all green lights, blue sky, and everyone’s happy? I know, dumb question.

If you’re making progress, it’s rare that you can go a full day without hitting at least a small speed bump, if not a roadblock or maybe even discover that the “bridge is out” and there’s no way around.

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First, a shout out to Dan Vander Wal, one of our sharp campus pastors at 12Stone, for giving me this idea for a title. We were in the monthly leadership development huddle I lead for our campus pastors, and this subject came up. It was a great conversation and got me thinking about a post to share with you.

The reflexive thought when talking about reading the room is often limited to when you are preaching or teaching. That’s important, but only represents a small percentage of the nearly limitless moments to “read the room.”

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Leaders are readers. We know that’s true, yet it often seems like there isn’t enough time to finish the reading required for study and prep, let alone discovery, learning and personal enrichment.

Why read so much?

  • Reading stimulates your mind and stretches your thinking.
  • You gain ideas!
  • It’s like having a conversation with some of the world’s brightest people, without leaving your home.
  • You’ll do your job better.
  • You’ll become a more interesting person.
  • You can be inspired!
  • It expands your world.

How is it that some leaders seem to read more than others?

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