Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

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It’s possible that you’re asking too much from your congregation. This often backfires and results in an even lower participation level.

You may need to ask your congregation for less.

If you ask for less, you are more likely to get a greater response.

It is necessary to cast big vision and make priority asks and challenges.

But too many asks often results in one big “no.”

Your congregation may suffer from “request fatigue.”

You can wear your people out by making endless asks, even though you may not have the response you want. It’s a psychological thing. The process of hearing you ask for “multiple somethings” (sign-up, give, attend, serve, etc.) every Sunday causes the perception of being asked to do too much, and therefore people resist saying yes to anything.

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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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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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Leadership is a complex subject that requires a lifetime of continued learning. It requires constant practice, learning from mistakes and the willingness to take risks.

Leadership is influence.

Leadership is about inspiring people to a purpose that results ultimately in their best interest, both here on earth, and for eternity.

Thousands of books have been written on leadership, but if I had the assignment to teach leadership in 4 words, here’s what they would be.

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