Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

No one local church can do every ministry. The question then becomes which ministries and how many? How do you decide? How many is too many?

It’s like a local church to continue to add ministries. It is also like a local church to resist eliminating a ministry, regardless of its effectiveness.

Most churches are busy to the point of significant fatigue. Yet, all that activity doesn’t necessarily translate to vibrant and healthy growing churches.

So, what is the best leadership move?

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Pretty much everyone has a boss. If you are fortunate, you work for someone who cares about you and makes a contribution to your life above and beyond a paycheck.

I’ve been blessed to have always had a “boss” like that for the past 35 years. One who listens and prays, gives ideas, offers grace, speaks the truth as needed, and provides great leadership development. I’m grateful for both John Maxwell and Kevin Myers.

We are quick to know what we want in a boss. We hope we can count on them for the important things.

But can they count on us for the important things too?

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The culture of your church is essentially comprised of who you are, what you value, and how you get things done.

All churches begin with an enthusiastic vision of a culture that is so inviting people can’t resist. But leading a church is complicated. Vision for the culture will not naturally stay aligned without diligence and intentionality.

Candidly, it’s easy for a church to lose its way.

Even in the healthiest of churches, culture can drift. New people come, new staff gets hired, culture drifts. It needs constant attention.

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Volunteers amaze me.
Volunteers humble me.
Volunteers bless me.

The local church cannot function without the loyal and dedicated volunteers who carry on the leadership and mission of ministry. I’m amazed at how hard volunteers work. Their passion humbles me and their contribution to the Kingdom is a blessing that stirs my soul.

I could brag on any number of the teams at 12Stone Church, but for this post, let me say that the Set Up and Tear Down teams at our mobile campuses amaze, humble and bless me. Without them, there is no church. Showing up about 5:45 AM they begin to unload trucks with trailers packed full with everything from high-end tech gear to children’s equipment. With precision teamwork, it comes together nearly flawlessly, and then they pack it all back up in trucks and trailers that afternoon. 52 times a year. It’s an honor to be part of the organization called the local church, with people like that!

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