Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

There is often an unintentional tendency to conduct what seems more like a beauty pageant than a process to hire the best candidate.

The position doesn’t matter, and it can be the pastor, technical personnel, someone on the children’s ministry team, a worship leader, or support staff, etc. There is always the danger of parading pedigrees, and picking who’s popular rather than digging deep and being diligent.

Whether your church is large or small, every person you choose to serve on staff matters in a big way. Each one carries the culture, vision, and heart of your church. One misaligned staff person can do more damage than imaginable.

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It’s possible that you’re asking too much from your congregation. This often backfires and results in an even lower participation level.

You may need to ask your congregation for less.

If you ask for less, you are more likely to get a greater response.

It is necessary to cast big vision and make priority asks and challenges.

But too many asks often results in one big “no.”

Your congregation may suffer from “request fatigue.”

You can wear your people out by making endless asks, even though you may not have the response you want. It’s a psychological thing. The process of hearing you ask for “multiple somethings” (sign-up, give, attend, serve, etc.) every Sunday causes the perception of being asked to do too much, and therefore people resist saying yes to anything.

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The most daunting and challenging responsibility for church leaders is not church growth; it’s leading people to greater spiritual maturity.

We’ve learned much in the last thirty years about how to grow a church. Growing an organization is “easy” compared to helping a person grow as a spiritual human being.

We understand stuff like small groups, how to follow up on a new guest, children’s ministry, etc. We do well with org charts, financial reviews, and we almost have the coffee right. But the transformation of a person from a spiritual infant to spiritual maturity – Whoa! That you can’t fit in a blog post, a conference talk and even a good book can’t cover it all.

Personal transformation requires the grace and power of God, along with the desire and deliberate effort of each individual. Then, there is a “real and present” enemy who wants to stop the process! Only the courageous keep leading here.

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Easter will soon be here, and I’m confident you are deep into prayer and planning. But here’s my question for you.

What do you want to be different about Easter this year?

If you don’t do anything different, you won’t experience anything different.

What is your vision for Easter? Are your plans clear?

There is still time for the weekend of April 16 to have the greatest Kingdom impact possible. There is still time to work on all that you are praying for.

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