Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

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The intersection of faith and finance is never easy to navigate as a local church leader.

The topic of money is inescapable for anyone who leads a church, so while many of us would rather lead people toward Jesus, we must also embrace the truth that the functions of a local church do not operate for free.

In this post, I’ve listed ten big mistakes to avoid on the subject of finance. There are many more detailed issues involving numbers and percentages, but that’s for another post. Let me give you one example.

When you step into the realm of numbers, there are so many variables. For example, the majority of churches would hold 50% of their budget as a maximum investment for total compensation for all (staff) personnel. A church plant, however, would be a little higher. And in very large churches, approximately 10,000 and larger, that number drops to approximately 35-40%. There are also considerations of variables from the cost of living in the city you’re in, to your current ministry emphasis. That’s just one item of dozens.

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Nobody wants to follow an insecure leader. They just don’t.

Here’s the challenge, all leaders have some insecurity. For some, it’s very little, almost imperceptible. For others, they wear it like a bright red jacket.

We gain our biblical understanding of fear and insecurity from Genesis chapter 3:1-10. (There is more to it, such as family background, etc. but let me focus here on the origin.) When sin entered the relationship between the first couple and God, they knew they were naked and covered themselves. They were afraid, and they hid.

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The multi-site model is an established movement for church growth and Kingdom expansion.

  • Approximately 8,000 churches are multi-site (includes about 3,000 churches that are multi-venue in one location.)
  • Over 5 million people attend a multi-site church
  • Success rate: 90%
  • 88% report increased lay participation
  • 85% growing by 14% a year.

Source: Multi-Site Solutions & Leadership Network Survey

It’s no longer a question of whether or not it works; the question is, does God want your church to go multi-site?

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My friend and mentor, John Maxwell, has written and spoken about being mentored by the great coach John Wooden among others.

Hearing this, a pastor asked me these questions: “How does one go about getting the greatest NCAA coach as a mentor? Did he (Maxwell) just ask for regular meetings and what does mentorship look like?”

Good questions.

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