Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

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The first ten seconds matter, and in the first ten minutes decisions are being made.

For example, when I walk into a hotel, a concert venue, or a retail store, within seconds the first things I encounter have made an impression on me. Either positive or negative.

I’ve walked into restaurants that were so bad, I literally froze in the doorway and said to my wife Patti, “We are not eating here.” We were really hungry, but we left!

In contrast, I recently walked into an incredible hotel. It was stunning, and within minutes I told Patti, I’m not sure we’re ever going home!

Your church creates the same effect. One way or the other. Your guests make lightning-fast decisions about your church. No church is perfect, we are all working on stuff, but we can’t afford to mess up on the first impression.

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Pastors have been on the scene for a couple of thousand years. Executive Pastors, by many different definitions, have been around for about thirty years. We obviously know more about how to be the former than the latter.

Understanding the role and whether you need an executive pastor, begins with clarity of definition. Let’s start by separating what is often combined – that is, the church business administrator and the executive pastor (hereafter as XP).

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You do your best to hire well, but life is complicated, and it doesn’t always work out as you hoped. Right?

In many cases it becomes obvious when it’s time to make a change with a staff member, but what about the situations where it’s not evident and clear. You’re just not sure what to do.

How do you think through the issues? How do you separate out truth from emotion, reality from perception, and fact from opinions?

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Lakeside Wesleyan Church, in Lakeside, California was the first church I served as a staff member. It was a small church with a big heart, and I learned much from Rich Lauby who was the pastor.

In my eyes, Pastor Rich was a “big leader, ” and his early investment in me made a life changing difference. Under his coaching, I preached my first sermon, did my first hospital visit and led the student ministry.

The significance of a leader and especially the pastor in a small church cannot be overestimated.

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