Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Spiritual Life

There is no wrong way to pray.

Perhaps the only mistake in the realm of prayer is not to pray at all.

There are many helpful prayer plans and good books on prayer, but ultimately nothing beats simply praying! You can’t do it wrong.

Serving in the church as a leader for as long as I have, the most consistent thing I’ve seen is a lack of confidence in how to pray. Men and women are often uncomfortable and sometimes afraid to pray out loud in a group because they feel they are not very good at it. This often becomes an obstacle to pray much at all, even in private.

It’s important to remove the element of complexity from prayer and replace it with the promise of life-changing power. In the natural realm, it’s kind of like walking. It’s really difficult to go for a walk and “walk wrong,” and the benefits are incredible.

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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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