Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Author / Dan Reiland

Attendance is one of the most talked about subjects in the church today.

What do changing attendance patterns mean? Where is the church headed? What’s the best Kingdom strategy?

Is the church in trouble? No. Not if we are willing to continue to change. In fact, I genuinely believe our best days are ahead.

However, the changes we make should not be reactionary. Defense alone never wins the game. We must take risks to stay on the offense to take new territory.

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Married and on staff together is a unique circumstance that can be really good, but does carry some risk.

Here are a few of the risks:

  • The risk of the appearance of playing favorites.
  • The risk of one doing well and the other not.
  • The risk of confidential information being shared.
  • The risk of extra pressure on the marriage relationship.
  • The risk of church becoming the consuming focus of the family.
  • The risk of one being let go from staff.

Nonetheless, married couples can and do flourish on staff together, but it doesn’t happen by accident. Good coaching is needed.

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It’s natural to avoid a tough moment, an awkward conversation, or difficult decision.

Nobody likes the stress, pain and pressure of courageous leadership – in the moment.

However, most of us can recount times where we fretted for dozens of hours or weeks or even months of stress, attempting to delay or avoid taking responsibility for a leadership conversation that must occur.

It may have been that moment you had to let someone go. Or you were walking into a tension filled meeting. Perhaps you had to tell someone they would not receive the funding they wanted, or the promotion they desired. Maybe it was time to declare the new vision you had in your heart. We all know those moments.

When a leader refuses to take responsibility in a tough moment, he or she loses leadership. If you do that often enough, over time, you will no longer be the leader. The person who will step up becomes the leader.

Sleepless nights can be replaced with one tough conversation. It’s not easy, but it needs to happen.

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Great leaders keep growing.

The very best leaders I know are hungry to grow. They are internally motivated to keep reading, learning and practicing toward improvement. They are dedicated to personal development.

Great leaders understand that yesterday’s wins do not guarantee future successes.

The best leaders want to become even better leaders to increase their impact for God’s Kingdom.

We learn by experience, observation, mistakes, good coaching, study, prayer, and practice, lots of practice.

In essence, we have to practice what we can’t do until we can. That’s my simple definition and pathway to growth as a leader.

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