Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Author / Dan Reiland

Why is leadership rewarding?

The Bible says that leadership is a worthy desire, it’s an admirable pursuit. Leadership is a valuable investment of one’s time.

“Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer [leader] desires a noble task.” I Timothy 3:1

I love the way The Message says it.   

“If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good!”  I Timothy 3:1

Called, committed and gifted leaders are an essential part of every local church. Your church depends on both volunteer and full-time vocational ministry leaders!

Next to the favor of God, everything rises and falls on leadership.

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Leadership is not an easy road, but shortcuts never serve you well.

Under pressure, we are all tempted to take the more comfortable and familiar path, but the results you want come from an approach that includes sacrifice.

Under pressure it’s easy to choose:

  • Authority over Humility
  • Popularity over Obscurity
  • Security over Unfamiliarity

It’s natural to prefer going up rather than giving up. The basic drive in a leader wants more for the organization, greater territory, and increasing results. This leadership drive to grow and expand is a good thing because it’s connected to reaching more people with the good news of Jesus Christ. But all that can get blurry when sacrifice is removed from the process of success.

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A great conversation, through the lens of a leader, is based on purpose.

Emotion, heart and genuine connection play a vital part. And we absolutely should enjoy our conversations. But we respect and honor people more by being helpful, rather than what feels like hang time with a buddy.

Enjoyment and meaning come from purpose.

A common question is how to make the most of all the one to one meetings. I personally like to think of them as conversations rather than meetings. That creates a different picture for me.

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The most common reason people check out your church is someone invited them.

The most common reason people leave your church is they don’t feel connected.

But what are the most common reasons people return to your church after their first visit or two?

There’s lots of conversation about church attendance patterns these days, and that affects how we measure guest retention rate, and the length of time it takes for guests to connect with your church.

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