Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Spiritual Life

Over many years in church leadership, I’ve learned that there are no more powerful tools at my disposal than prayer and the Word.

You may be a naturally gifted leader, but eventually, that falls short, runs dry, or hits a lid. A deepened dependence upon God is your ultimate source for healthy, accomplished, and lasting leadership.

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Forty years of ministry has taught me that only Jesus brings real power and the life-changing authority that makes it possible for any church to reach its potential.

Yet we often lead with less than that full power.

It’s never intentional, but it’s surprisingly easy to slide into leading on your own ability, or at least partially on your own, especially when the pressure is on and God doesn’t seem to be moving as fast as you hope and pray.

I have prayed and pursued God for all these years, but I have not always fully leaned into the significance of how my relationship with Him impacts my leadership.

Intellectually I’ve known from day one that God is my source, but only decades of experience have revealed the depth of that truth. He is truly the foundation and strength of my soul, and my leadership would never reach its potential without Him.

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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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It’s easy to get so consumed with solving the problems in the church that we miss slaying the enemies of the church.

Problems come in a wide variety from things such as developing effective strategy in a time when the future is so uncertain to financial pressure and complexity of hiring staff. They involve factors like understanding culture, how to lead the online church, and both ideological and theological differences. You get the picture.

Here’s how it works.

As leaders, it’s part of our job to see and solve problems, so we understandably invest a great deal of time in that process.

The pressure to solve problems in the church requires so much focus that we have little energy left to conquer the enemies of the soul.

That leaves room for these quiet destroyers to do significant damage.

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