Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Spiritual Life

Labor Day is one of my favorite holidays to grill out. BBQ chicken — I’m ready! This is a great day to chill and enjoy some good family time.

Easy right?

Not always.

The truth is that for many of us going to work comes easier than staying home to play. Or perhaps it’s that work seems more pressing than a day off. There are many variables behind this truth, but the point here is that taking time off is essential for healthy living, and especially for busy leaders.

So, I’m writing to all of us today who need to take a day off but are tempted to work instead. My first thought is this post can’t be too long! I don’t want you to have to “work” to get through it.

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Nobody wants to follow an insecure leader. They just don’t.

Here’s the challenge, all leaders have some insecurity. For some, it’s very little, almost imperceptible. For others, they wear it like a bright red jacket.

We gain our biblical understanding of fear and insecurity from Genesis chapter 3:1-10. (There is more to it, such as family background, etc. but let me focus here on the origin.) When sin entered the relationship between the first couple and God, they knew they were naked and covered themselves. They were afraid, and they hid.

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Leadership is not an easy road, but shortcuts never serve you well.

Under pressure, we are all tempted to take the more comfortable and familiar path, but the results you want come from an approach that includes sacrifice.

Under pressure it’s easy to choose:

  • Authority over Humility
  • Popularity over Obscurity
  • Security over Unfamiliarity

It’s natural to prefer going up rather than giving up. The basic drive in a leader wants more for the organization, greater territory, and increasing results. This leadership drive to grow and expand is a good thing because it’s connected to reaching more people with the good news of Jesus Christ. But all that can get blurry when sacrifice is removed from the process of success.

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Is it possible for a church to take the Gospel for granted?

Can we get so accustomed to it that we miss its power and significance to ministry?

Could a church be so busy doing ministry (good things) that it’s not focused on Jesus?

I think it’s possible. It’s possible in really good churches led by good spiritual leaders.

Church can be exhausting. There is so much to do. The grand irony in the church is that the human element can crowd out the divine element. It’s never intentional, but it can happen. The daily responsibilities in the natural realm can distract us from the supernatural realm.

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