Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Author / Dan Reiland

The most daunting and challenging responsibility for church leaders is not church growth; it’s leading people to greater spiritual maturity.

We’ve learned much in the last thirty years about how to grow a church. Growing an organization is “easy” compared to helping a person grow as a spiritual human being.

We understand stuff like small groups, how to follow up on a new guest, children’s ministry, etc. We do well with org charts, financial reviews, and we almost have the coffee right. But the transformation of a person from a spiritual infant to spiritual maturity – Whoa! That you can’t fit in a blog post, a conference talk and even a good book can’t cover it all.

Personal transformation requires the grace and power of God, along with the desire and deliberate effort of each individual. Then, there is a “real and present” enemy who wants to stop the process! Only the courageous keep leading here.

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Easter will soon be here, and I’m confident you are deep into prayer and planning. But here’s my question for you.

What do you want to be different about Easter this year?

If you don’t do anything different, you won’t experience anything different.

What is your vision for Easter? Are your plans clear?

There is still time for the weekend of April 16 to have the greatest Kingdom impact possible. There is still time to work on all that you are praying for.

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If a leader loses influence, it rarely evaporates instantly.

It’s usually more like a pin-sized hole in a balloon. The leak is so slow it’s barely perceptible. The balloon flies high at first – seemingly tugging on its string. Then it slowly begins to drop. In few days, you wake up and see the balloon laying on the floor, and much smaller than it used to be.

There are rare circumstances, such as a moral failure, that result in the loss of influence overnight. In the vast majority of situations, it’s subtle and slow. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not noticed until it’s too late.

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Dr. Ed Stetzer asked me to briefly join his Wheaton College graduate course on leadership via Skype last week. We had a blast!

Ed’s a brilliant guy and always asks stimulating and challenging questions. (His students asked great questions too!) I’d like to share a little of our interaction from his first question.

Dr. Stetzer asked me about how the Church’s view and value of leadership has changed, and if we will see a new focus on leadership in years to come. The following is a summary of my response.

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