Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

The power of the Gospel is transformative in nature.

“Transformative: causing or able to cause an important and lasting change in someone or something.”

With that being true, why is it so challenging to see the change we pray for and desire? 

In his very first acts of ministry, Jesus unleashed the power of transformation.

Jesus healed the sick and cast out demons. However, very few encounters were the same. In fact, he said about some demons, “these only come out by fasting and prayer.”

Some transformation or change is more difficult than others. Change, in general, is resisted, some more aggressively than others.

In Jesus’ ministry, some situations were particularly difficult; other times, Jesus was frustrated with his disciples – his leaders, because of their lack of faith.

It’s not so different today.

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Developing leaders is an art. It’s a great responsibility and one of the most meaningful things you can do as a leader.  Personally, I love it!

Developing leaders is life-changing, Kingdom advancing, and spiritual legacy in the making.

It’s nearly impossible to accomplish your God-given vision by yourself, therefore developing other leaders becomes essential.

It’s rare that anyone would disagree with that, and yet a surprising number of leaders acknowledge the lack of intentional development on their staff and among their volunteer leaders.

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The primary difference between doing a short-run and a long-run is endurance.

COVID is teaching us that no matter how much we want a difficult circumstance to end sooner, it’s going to finish its course. The good news is that COVID will end, but we must still endure the reality that it’s not over yet.

Endurance is required.

Don’t quit.

Endurance is a quality consistently found among great leaders. It is a sister to resilience, as the ability to “bounce back from a setback.” Endurance is the ability to just keep going regardless of the obstacles and pressure.

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Change is healthy.

Change is needed.

Change is good… but not all change is good.

It’s up to you to lead with wisdom and discernment in order to know the right changes at the right times.

It’s not easy, I know.

One pastor said, “If I object to nothing, I have no courage. If I object to everything, I have no credibility.”

I get what he’s saying.

If you object to everything, the message is one of little vision, lack of ability to adapt to culture shifts, and no hope. If you object to nothing, it might appear like you’ve lost touch with your values and convictions.

It is a new day, a new era for the church. It’s not an easy one, but it truly is filled with new possibilities and opportunities.

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