Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

“Eat your vegetables, they’re good for you.” My mom said those words to me countless times as a kid. But I didn’t care how good vegetables were for me, I didn’t like them, and brussels sprouts were the worst!

Mom was right. Veggies are good for me, and I should have eaten more. The nutritional benefits would have been fantastic.

All leaders face “brussels sprouts” kinds of tasks, truths, and responsibilities. You know they’re good for you, and need to be adhered to, but you don’t want to just the same.

My advice. Eat your “leadership veggies” anyway. The benefits are obvious.

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When it comes to faith, it’s our job as leaders to make what is intangible and supernatural, practical and assessable. That’s not easy.

In a rapidly changing culture where the Bible is an option to as many as it is the inerrant Word of God, it’s challenging to create an environment of abiding faith in Jesus.

An environment that cultivates faith is rooted in the gospel, evangelism, and prayer. Ultimately it champions and results in life change.

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If you’re like me, your leadership might seem to get bogged down sometimes. It can appear stuck in the myriad of things to do.

You’re busy and working hard. A couple of weeks, even a month can go by, and nothing seems to have moved forward.

This experience is common because leadership in the local church is an intricate, layered and long-term oriented process.

As a result, it’s easy to lose sight of several basic leadership practices that end up under-utilized or even buried under the pile of stuff to do, burdens to carry, and problems to solve.

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Hiring family members is a highly debated topic loaded with opinions on both sides.

It ranges from leaders who prefer hiring family as a first choice, to those who object to nepotism of any kind.

It might be a spouse, brother or sister, aunt or uncle, and sometimes a staff member’s son or daughter. We can all cite stories that are great examples of success, and stories that seem more like your worst nightmare.

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