Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

What pops into your mind when you hear the words, “the world’s most creative artists and their work?”

Michelangelo’s David?
Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphony #9?
Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa?

The Beatles White Album? (I couldn’t resist.)

Creativity is not limited to those who are artists.

Great leaders are creative, and creativity is not a gift reserved for a few genius types, it can be practiced and developed by anyone.

Leaders tap into creativity every day to solve problems, think in new ways, develop people and innovate toward a better future.

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People want to volunteer and be a part of what they love and are passionate about.

There are over 10 million volunteers in only these seven organizations: Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. And there are hundreds of volunteer organizations.

The majority of the people who attend your church love your church. They believe in the vision and want to help expand your reach so that more people can know Jesus.

They may not know exactly what to do or how, or may not be ready today, but it’s in them to support what they believe in.

It’s up to us as leaders to help them do that.

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You may hear “comments over coffee” about who has jobs that are easy and who has jobs that are hard. I have. They often seem to get quickly connected to levels of fatigue.

I think there is more to it than that.

Most jobs are not hard or easy by themselves; it’s context and perspective that makes the difference.

You can name teachers, plumbers, sales associates, pastors, and business owners that work very hard and some who barely work.

Each of us has a unique context and perspective that makes all the difference.

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When the new senior pastor arrives, there are dozens of decisions to make. And among the top priorities, is how to engage the existing staff.

It’s not an easy process. (Before we look at a 5-Step process, let’s focus on the context.)

First, the staff are nervous. They don’t know the “new guy.” It’s like common questions college students ask on the first day of class. “Do you think she’s a ‘hard’ grader?” What have you heard?”

What will he be like, what will he want?

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