Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders
12Stone Worship

I love the local church!

Though flawed and imperfect, the beauty of the local church is truly amazing.

Consider the big picture of the Church:

God birthed it.
Jesus died for it.
The Holy Spirit empowers it.

It works because of volunteers.
It serves people for free.
Everyone is welcome.

It’s fully human.
It inhabits the supernatural.
It proves miracles still happen.

It started in houses.
It fills stadiums.
And it cannot be contained.

It loves the lowly.
It blesses the meek.
And offers grace to anyone who will bow.

I just can’t get tired of the church!

When people find me to complain about and criticize the church, I quickly admit the flaws of my church and the Church in general.

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As church leaders, we need to be careful not to let up or be let down after Easter.

These two post-Easter responses are very common.

The work to prepare for Easter is easily enough for any church leader to say, “Hey, let’s take a break.” And if Easter didn’t go exactly as you hoped, it’s easy to feel let down in some way and perhaps become disappointed.

Both responses are natural, but I’d like to encourage you to think in a different direction.

You may need a break, but now is not the time. These next two to three weeks can change the trajectory of your church.

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Your key relationships either move you forward or pull you backward.

Nothing organic has a neutral mode. If it’s a living organism, it’s either growing or dying. My car is a machine. It has a neutral gear, but it’s not productive. In fact, it’s not really a gear. It’s a place between the gears that just spins until I want to go forward or backward. Neutral is a place holder, but it doesn’t make progress.

The same principle is true in human relationships – there is no holding pattern. They are either moving forward or in decline. A marriage, for example, is either getting better or getting worse. There is no plateau.

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This week I’ve participated in a gathering with Leadership Network called Multi-Site Accelerator. It’s a great learning experience. I appreciate the Leadership Network team, and how they help churches across the country.

The focus of this gathering was to learn and gain insights from business organizations. The idea is to translate those learnings to become more efficient in the multi-site church model.

That’s the context for the content, and it’s great. But I’ll bet you’ve experienced like me, that some great insights also come from more lateral thoughts and hallway conversations.

So, here’s one of those add value ideas, broken down into 5 bullet points.

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