Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Kids matter!

The value and importance of children’s ministry in the local church simply can’t be overestimated.

Let’s be candid, if the kids don’t like it, the parents aren’t bringing them back.

In contrast, there are countless stories of families who started and continued to attend church on the basis of gaining a stronger spiritual foundation for their kids.

When I think about the hundreds of incredibly dedicated and gifted people who volunteer in our children’s ministry here at 12Stone Church, I’m truly overwhelmed with gratitude.

Our volunteers cover so many different roles on the children’s teams, such as; holding babies, story-telling, leading worship, host teams to welcome kids and parents and leading a small group.

Those who volunteer in children’s ministry make it possible for your church to accomplish its mission!

And when I think about staff in children’s ministry, whoa, they are amazing!

Your children’s leadership team has incredible influence on the young and impressionable lives of the next generation!

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Leaders who are fully engaged in their mission fight battles.

There is no way to avoid battles if you want to make progress consistently.

New territory is never easy, and it always comes at a price.

Life never grants a free ride, and leaders don’t receive a “get out of jail free” card when it comes to solving serious problems.

The good news is that we don’t fight alone. God brings His presence, power, and favor to the mix, but He never removes the human element.

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It’s probably true that the most difficult person I lead is me.

That might be true about you too.

But beyond that reality, there are those who seem to be genuinely unaware of the negative impact they have on others around them. And there are a few who appear to get a strange sense of satisfaction from creating problems and pushing other people’s buttons.

These difficult people might be a volunteer leader, a vendor, a coworker, a staff member, even a family member. It can be almost anyone you are responsible for leading.

When you allow difficult people to “get away with it,” any environment can become toxic.

So how can we better lead difficult people and survive to tell our grandchildren the stories?

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Invite a friend to church.

What could be so hard about that, right?

But we all know it’s more complicated than that.

I don’t know what word you like to use. Maybe the term evangelism is a little old school, but we all know what it means. So, for this post let’s go with it.

Gary Greeno is the bi-vocational interim pastor of Horizon Christian Fellowship in Stockton, CA. And as a coach, Gary also leads one of the top high school programs in Northern California.

Here’s a glimpse of Gary’s story in his own words.

“I absolutely love coaching high school basketball, and also lead a Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s club in addition to teaching math. God has given me a real platform where I’m at in the community. At the same time, I feel very strongly that for this season God has called me to pastor this church.”

That’s so cool and it’s as real as it gets. Gary asked me a great question. “What’s the best way to get a church to be evangelistic?”

I’ll share our exchange with you.

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