Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Spiritual Life

Leaders don’t lead well or last long without great faith.

All leaders experience seasons of question and doubt, but in general, successful leadership and faith go hand in hand.

I’m not referring to your salvation by faith, but a faith that believes God for the promise to build His church.

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

Matthew 16:18

Leaders possess hope for a better future and believe that God will help the church realize that vision. After all, it’s His church. Therefore, it is faith in a divine promise based on the evidence of His will in Scripture.

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It’s possible to be so busy in ministry that you don’t receive ministry.

That’s a great risk for any leader in the local church.

It’s good to give, but if your tank becomes empty, you have nothing left to pour out. And it’s in the Christmas season, that this reality is highly prevalent.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, right? Then why so much stress? That’s an old question with lots of answers, but few solutions.

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The conversation with my Uber driver was enlightening. We were traveling from the hotel to a pre-opening gathering of the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC. (It officially opens Saturday, November 18th.)

I asked the driver if she had heard about the Museum of the Bible and she had. She then asked me: “Oh, which Bible is it, the Holy Bible?”. The rest of the conversation was intriguing, and I wished we had a couple of hours.

I’ve been a Christian leader for a long time and still have naïve thoughts, such as, everyone in America at least knows about the Bible and what it is. Not true. By the time we were done with the conversation my new acquaintance wanted to “check it out.” Her parting comment on that topic: “I’m not sure about all this, but I think my mom will like it.” (The Museum)

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All leaders have doubts.

As Christian leaders, we want to have faith to move mountains, but sometimes our faith is too small. What makes that happen? Why can’t we believe big all the time?

Among the common reasons for doubt are things like:

  • You’ve prayed and didn’t get the answer you hoped for.
  • You worked hard, but the idea or program didn’t work.
  • People have let you down or hurt you.
  • A staff member turned on you.
  • You’ve never done a certain thing before.
  • You are trying to do too much alone.

Most of the time, however, doubt resides within a leader, not outside or connected to circumstances.

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