Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Jesus launched the Church. It was messy, and led by flawed leaders.

The early church began in a time where the culture was shifting, political and religious leaders didn’t agree, and the fledging churches had their own internal problems. (Sound familiar?)

In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. Acts 6:1

  • It can be tough listening to complaints about the things people don’t like.
  • It can be discouraging when people leave your church for the next new cool church across town.
  • It can be frustrating when after years some people still consume more than they contribute.

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We’ve all received hurtful emails.

We’ve all received email that makes our mouth drop open and say “What?!” Here’s a real email I received a few years ago.

Thanks so much for canceling church services on Sunday 12/25. You’re helping me win the war to make Christmas just another day. Why let that Jesus guy get in the way of presents and Santa? Great decision. Now if I can get the Baptists and Catholics on board!

In your debt,


Yes, this is a wildly “out there” example, but it’s a real email. And it’s my only one from Satan!

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Leaders don’t lead well or last long without great faith.

All leaders experience seasons of question and doubt, but in general, successful leadership and faith go hand in hand.

I’m not referring to your salvation by faith, but a faith that believes God for the promise to build His church.

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

Matthew 16:18

Leaders possess hope for a better future and believe that God will help the church realize that vision. After all, it’s His church. Therefore, it is faith in a divine promise based on the evidence of His will in Scripture.

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More people in your life than time to see them is a fortunate tension.

The tension is a blessed one because we’re fortunate to be loved, needed, wanted or candidly, have anyone seek us out and want some time. That’s not overly self-deprecating, it’s a healthy perspective.

As leaders, we’re blessed to be helpful to others. It’s a privilege to get to encourage, care for, and develop people. And it’s fun just to enjoy these moments as well!

It’s a dangerous thing when a leader begins to see people as an interruption, a problem or “one more ask.”

But we do need to be honest about the tension.

One of the greatest challenges of a leader is to make people decisions. You just can’t see everyone.

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