Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

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I’ve been a runner for decades, well, more like a jogger. I don’t run far, I don’t run fast, and I don’t run pretty, but it’s 3.1 miles every day.

One thing I’ve learned is that I don’t run well on an unstable surface.

Jogging in beach sand, rocky surfaces, or a potholed grass field doesn’t work for me. It destabilizes my footing, and I feel off-balance the whole time. 

It makes me run in a tentative way.

In this COVID season, the same thing happens in leadership.  

The sustained disruption in so much of the life and ministry of a local church has many leaders off-balance, and we can end up leading tentatively.

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Who is coming back to church, and when?

Then again, is it really about “coming back?” 

In principle no.

Most of your congregation never left. Most are with you online. And the church is not about a building; it’s about the impact of Jesus in the community.

In practice, yes.

We all know what we’re talking about.

The return of the church to physical buildings post COVID, and we are very much in uncharted waters.

People will come back; that we can know with confidence.
What we don’t know is who, how many, and when.

So, let’s be candid. There is more we don’t know than we do.

But isn’t that what we as leaders are called to do —  lead into the unknown?

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Stress is high these days.

You and your team may not have experienced one major thing in particular. Still, the cumulative effect of many small and unfamiliar stresses over a sustained period of time may be very real for you.

Or you may have experienced one or two significant problems, disappointments, or setbacks that sent your stress levels through the roof.

Either way, it’s very clear that stress is high these days and that impacts the morale of your team.

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The two off-the-cuff questions I’ve heard most over the last two weeks are:

  • What now?!
  • What’s next?

The first question, “What now?!” comes with a feeling of being overwhelmed with change fatigue, unsettledness, and maybe even a little punch drunk. As if to say, “Really, one more COVID-19 thing, one more change, really?”

The second question, “What’s next?” comes with a sense of anticipation, innovation, and eagerness to embrace the best opportunities amidst the mess of COVID.

Let me be quick to say; I’m not pitting one against the other, there is zero evaluation intended here.

In fact, most leaders are asking both questions! I have.

This is a critical time during the COVID pandemic because church leaders are discussing a gigantic question: “When do we re-open the doors of our church, and what does that look like?

OK, let’s be honest, no one has a perfect answer to when and how to open church up again, because no one has done it yet. (Or very few.) Nonetheless, we have to figure that out and figure it out now.

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