Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Leadership

Is it possible that your church isn’t a perfect fit for everyone?

Everyone is welcome, but maybe another church might meet their particular needs better. That’s not an easily embraced thought.

Can you say “no” to someone even if it potentially results in them leaving your church?

Learning to balance the natural tension of loving and caring for people, but not allowing someone to leverage their personal agenda, or even hijack the purpose of your church is not easy.

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Interruptions can be frustrating.

But as long as you’re in local church ministry, interruptions are not going away.

If you are involved in the lives of people, and the real issues they deal with, interruptions will be part of your work. You can choose to fight that reality, or embrace it.

The goal isn’t to pretend that interruptions don’t bring complexity to your schedule. They do! The goal is to learn how to best navigate interruptions, so your ministry has the greatest impact, and you continue to experience inner peace even on difficult days.

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Leadership development never takes place in a vacuum.

It’s not a program or event-based.

Leadership development always starts with a leader.


A leadership culture is an environment where leadership development thrives best. Creating that culture requires deliberate effort and long-term dedication. A leadership culture contains the elements of:

  • Championing leadership.
  • Teaching leadership.
  • Practicing leadership.
  • Coaching leadership.
  • Rewarding leadership.

But let me say it again, leadership development always begins with a leader. Someone who will show the way and start. So, don’t worry about trying to build a leadership culture overnight, it takes years for that to truly become part of your culture. You don’t need all the elements at once, and it’s important to get started.

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The best long-term strategy for church growth is not church growth.

Focusing on numbers (attendance) is a short-term and short-sighted strategy.

It’s tough to maintain an event driven and program focused approach. It requires more staff and volunteer energy, rarely provides significant or lasting growth, and is often exhausting.

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