Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

The most common reason people check out your church is someone invited them.

The most common reason people leave your church is they don’t feel connected.

But what are the most common reasons people return to your church after their first visit or two?

There’s lots of conversation about church attendance patterns these days, and that affects how we measure guest retention rate, and the length of time it takes for guests to connect with your church.

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Is it possible for a church to take the Gospel for granted?

Can we get so accustomed to it that we miss its power and significance to ministry?

Could a church be so busy doing ministry (good things) that it’s not focused on Jesus?

I think it’s possible. It’s possible in really good churches led by good spiritual leaders.

Church can be exhausting. There is so much to do. The grand irony in the church is that the human element can crowd out the divine element. It’s never intentional, but it can happen. The daily responsibilities in the natural realm can distract us from the supernatural realm.

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Teams lead stronger when they lead together.

That’s more difficult than it sounds.

Leading stronger means your leadership (influence) and team effectiveness has increased, and therefore you realize greater results.

Strong teams that function well are both mature and unified.

Unity and maturity can elude even the best of teams because people view and value both of these elements differently. Essentially, that means they define unity and maturity differently.

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Note From Dan: Chris Sonksen is a great leader, pastor, coach, and friend. I’m pumped about his new book When your Church Feels Stuck – 7 Unavoidable Questions Every Leader Must Answer. You can get his new book at www.direct2church.com. Chris is the guest writer for today’s post, check it out!


Have you experienced what it’s like to lead when your church feels stuck?

No matter what you do, it doesn’t seem to work.
The church down the street is growing, and you wonder, “What’s wrong with me?”

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