Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

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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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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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It’s difficult to lead well if you can’t follow.

The people on your team can sense if you are not personally a good follower. It effects, among other things, how you treat people, talk to people, and make decisions.

Keep in mind that an unwillingness to follow doesn’t necessarily make you a visionary or an entrepreneur.

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