Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

As church leaders, we need to be careful not to let up or be let down after Easter.

These two post-Easter responses are very common.

The work to prepare for Easter is easily enough for any church leader to say, “Hey, let’s take a break.” And if Easter didn’t go exactly as you hoped, it’s easy to feel let down in some way and perhaps become disappointed.

Both responses are natural, but I’d like to encourage you to think in a different direction.

You may need a break, but now is not the time. These next two to three weeks can change the trajectory of your church.

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Your key relationships either move you forward or pull you backward.

Nothing organic has a neutral mode. If it’s a living organism, it’s either growing or dying. My car is a machine. It has a neutral gear, but it’s not productive. In fact, it’s not really a gear. It’s a place between the gears that just spins until I want to go forward or backward. Neutral is a place holder, but it doesn’t make progress.

The same principle is true in human relationships – there is no holding pattern. They are either moving forward or in decline. A marriage, for example, is either getting better or getting worse. There is no plateau.

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This week I’ve participated in a gathering with Leadership Network called Multi-Site Accelerator. It’s a great learning experience. I appreciate the Leadership Network team, and how they help churches across the country.

The focus of this gathering was to learn and gain insights from business organizations. The idea is to translate those learnings to become more efficient in the multi-site church model.

That’s the context for the content, and it’s great. But I’ll bet you’ve experienced like me, that some great insights also come from more lateral thoughts and hallway conversations.

So, here’s one of those add value ideas, broken down into 5 bullet points.

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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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