Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

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12Stone Church Residents, the best young leaders in the country!

I don’t think any supervising leader intentionally sets out to control a young leader, but it happens. The young leader is inadvertently not trusted or trained and thereby not empowered to lead. Perhaps this is not exactly the same as controlled, but it “feels” that way to any sharp young leader.

This common scenario is set in motion by the combination of pace and pressure. The pace is fast and the pressure (to get things done) is high, so there is little time for conversation and training. The young leader is tossed in the deep end of the pool, and in some cases they don’t know how to swim. How could they? Who taught them?

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Think of your first opportunity in ministry. You were fired-up, enthusiastic, and ready to take on the world! We all start that way or close to it! After all, you said yes! Right?! You said yes to God, and yes to a leader who invited you on the team. Even if you were a little nervous or unsure, you were in!

Even with a great start it’s surprisingly easy for your passion for ministry to fade. It can become common place, and routine. It’s not uncommon for a leader to slide into a comfortable zone and not realize it. This often leads to status quo and complacency. In time, this skews your perspective, and eventually your heart is no longer on fire to serve!

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I love coaching young leaders and one thing is true for sure, they are eager to rise in their level of responsibility. That’s a good thing. Most leaders (of any age) want to excel, be productive, and make a difference. They want to rise in leadership! Knowing when that should happen is a very artful process requiring wisdom and discernment.

Giving more responsibility too quickly can hurt a young leader and cause a set-back in their growth.

Giving more responsibility too slowly can frustrate a young leader and cause them to lead beneath their ability, and possibly affect their team spirit.

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Everyone can’t be lead in the same way. When leading one person, more direction, or follow-up may be perfectly appropriate and needed, but for another, it’s micromanagement.

If someone is new to the team, or learning a new skill, or perhaps slipping in commitment and does not seem to have their head and heart fully in the game, staying closer to them and their work is needed. That is not micromanagement, its good leadership. The point however, is not to catch them messing up, it is to coach them so they improve.

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