Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Jim and Jerolyn Bogear are trusted friends, who have planted, led, and worked with churches, and now focus on raising up healthy relationships, marriages, and teams. Check out their website! As guest writers today, their post will offer you great practical thoughts and resources! Their book, Faith Legacy for Couples, is one of those great resources.

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Leadership development never takes place in a vacuum.

It’s not a program or event-based.

Leadership development always starts with a leader.


A leadership culture is an environment where leadership development thrives best. Creating that culture requires deliberate effort and long-term dedication. A leadership culture contains the elements of:

  • Championing leadership.
  • Teaching leadership.
  • Practicing leadership.
  • Coaching leadership.
  • Rewarding leadership.

But let me say it again, leadership development always begins with a leader. Someone who will show the way and start. So, don’t worry about trying to build a leadership culture overnight, it takes years for that to truly become part of your culture. You don’t need all the elements at once, and it’s important to get started.

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The best long-term strategy for church growth is not church growth.

Focusing on numbers (attendance) is a short-term and short-sighted strategy.

It’s tough to maintain an event driven and program focused approach. It requires more staff and volunteer energy, rarely provides significant or lasting growth, and is often exhausting.

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Good leaders are tough-minded. They’re able to take the heat. They can handle the difficult stuff that comes their way.

People don’t respect leaders who are considered soft, weak, or indecisive.

But there is another side of leadership. It brings heart into play. It balances out the tough side.

Without heart, leadership can feel like medicine; necessary, but undesirable.

The heart brings, among other essentials, kindness into leadership.

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