Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Author / Dan Reiland


There is a certain beauty in churches with less than 100 people.

  • They possess an accessibility that is attractive.
  • They possess an element of simplicity that is appealing.
  • They possess a sense of potential that is alluring.

When I meet pastors of smaller churches who are on fire to reach people, I imagine the house churches we read about in Acts 2. Full of zeal, focused on the Word, embracing community, tapping into the power of the Holy Spirit, practicing generosity and seeing people saved.

This is a beautiful experience.

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Greater chemistry leads to better team performance.

Natural chemistry is that coveted “magic” that happens when two or more people connect and experience an affinity that is easy, energizing and enjoyable. It makes you want to come back for more.

Natural chemistry allows relationships to rise above the mechanics of functions and responsibilities to quickly find connection and meaning. It includes a mutual give and take that creates an engaging and appealing experience. These staff relationships help create great teams that produce innovative results. Great chemistry makes the tough times endurable and the good times extraordinary.

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You know when a church is not healthy as an organization. You will identify things like:

  • Poor communication
  • Low morale
  • High conflict
  • Limited results
  • Foggy Vision

We know that healthy organizations reflect the opposite kind of list.

So far, this is not complicated.

But building a healthy organization is a challenging and complex task, that requires enormous effort and fierce focus.

The key to any healthy organization is based on the foundation of two things held in a cooperative tension.

  1. The senior leadership wakes up every day thinking about what’s best for the team.
  1. The team wakes up every day thinking about what’s best for the organization.

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Most of us live in close proximity to our smartphones.

We are constantly inundated with information, and instantaneously have access to more data than we can absorb in a lifetime.

Communication has become an art of filtering what not to read. This practice causes people to skim, scan and generally not truly absorb much of the information screaming for attention.

Unfortunately, in many ways, your church communication can become part of the noise. That’s not the heart of your congregation, they care about your church, it’s just the reality of current culture.

It is because of this reality that good communication is a struggle for most churches.

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