Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Spiritual Life

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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Interruptions can be frustrating.

But as long as you’re in local church ministry, interruptions are not going away.

If you are involved in the lives of people, and the real issues they deal with, interruptions will be part of your work. You can choose to fight that reality, or embrace it.

The goal isn’t to pretend that interruptions don’t bring complexity to your schedule. They do! The goal is to learn how to best navigate interruptions, so your ministry has the greatest impact, and you continue to experience inner peace even on difficult days.

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I love the concept of “simple church” (less is more), but I sometimes wonder if there is anything truly simple about leading a church in 2017.

Compared to only 20 years ago, the complexity of local church leadership has dramatically increased. I believe the three primary driving forces are:

  1. Shifts in culture
  2. Innovation in technology
  3. Transitions in leadership

Parts of the new complexity are energizing.

  • The unknown element of the future always brings the hope of progress.
  • Vision paints the picture of something better.
  • The opportunity for innovation gets any leader fired up.

However, as I talk with leaders, from Boomers to Millennials, there is at times a sense of both question and uncertainty. Bluntly stated, most leaders express the feeling of “flying blind” far more now than ever in the past.

“Flying blind” can be destabilizing for any leader, and sometimes flat out overwhelming.

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