Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

When you work your muscles using weights and intentional lifts, you become physically stronger.

When you intentionally engage and work at specific skills and leadership practices, you strengthen your leadership.

The opposite is also true.

Over time muscles that are not used or strengthened become weaker and will eventually begin to atrophy.

The same idea is true about your leadership.

The skill and influence you have today as a leader will slowly decrease if you do not continually practice leading what you have not yet led (more weight) and intentionally grow your leadership ability.

There are a number of ways to strengthen your leadership such as receive coaching, read good books, listen to helpful podcasts, and participate in roundtables etc.

But you need targeted and specific skills (muscles) to work on if you want to be able to measure the progress of your growth as a leader.

And that requires practice.

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If you quietly believe your church isn’t that different today than two years ago, consider that because the culture has dramatically changed, people see, perceive, and experience your church differently.

That reality is unavoidable.

The essential question is — Are people experiencing the difference in your church that you want them to experience?

In most cases, the difference is shaped by nuance, how you say what you say, how you treat people, and the values and convictions you stand for – not your programs.

The new church is people over methods. Yes, it’s always been about people, but we have leaned heavily into models and methods for decades, and while they will still serve you well, people must come first.

As little as twenty-five to thirty years ago, society looked at the local church, generally speaking, with favor. It was seen as good even for many that didn’t go themselves. Today, the church (again, in general) is often seen as something unnecessary, irrelevant, or maybe even questioned.

It’s my observation that people are considering things of a spiritual nature more and more because, intuitively, they’re at a loss for answers in a world that increasingly doesn’t make sense.

Turning the tide is not easy, and it’s a long road ahead, but it’s unquestionably doable! I have great faith in the Church because I have faith in a great God.

So, where do we start?

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When you think of the church, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?

To a large degree, your answer has a dramatic impact on how you lead, perhaps even on how you pursue God.

I love the Church, even with its flaws.

That’s the two-sided tension. God is perfect; we are not.

The Church is imperfect, so there will always be problems to solve, but if we’re not careful, we’ll only see the problems because, as leaders, it’s our responsibility to solve them.

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There is a significant difference between a moment of fear and a spirit of fear in a leader’s life. How has the last 24 months affected you?

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to have completely escaped fear of any kind.

For example:

  • Financial fears
  • Fear about the future of your church
  • Health-related fears (including anxieties)
  • Fears or concerns about your family
  • Fears about the future of our country

You get the idea.

The big question is, what level of fear may have knowingly or unknowingly become part of your life and leadership over the past 24 months? What is your approach to overcoming it?

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