Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Author / Alex Morrison

Leaders are readers. We know that’s true, yet it often seems like there isn’t enough time to finish the reading required for study and prep, let alone discovery, learning and personal enrichment.

Why read so much?

  • Reading stimulates your mind and stretches your thinking.
  • You gain ideas!
  • It’s like having a conversation with some of the world’s brightest people, without leaving your home.
  • You’ll do your job better.
  • You’ll become a more interesting person.
  • You can be inspired!
  • It expands your world.

How is it that some leaders seem to read more than others?

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The love of God is both incomprehensible and incomparable.

It’s difficult to fully understand the depth of God’s love. There’s no end to it. It’s a love that surpasses knowledge. (Ephesians 3:19)

Paul prays that [we] have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide, and long, and high, and deep is the love of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:18)

A perfect love can’t be measured, or fully understood, but it can be experienced. It can be expressed, and that’s what God asks of us, to lead with this kind of love.

A love that is incomparable – “the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.“ (Ephesians 2:7)

It’s because of His great love for us (Ephesians 2:4) that we do what we do.

I don’t know about you, but that can be an overwhelming thought at times.

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Decision-making is an essential skill for effective leadership. It’s non-negotiable for making progress in a healthy organization.

  • Insecurities can cause you to procrastinate in making a decision.
  • Fear can prevent you from making a decision at all.

No leader wants to make a wrong decision, but you can’t avoid risks. You will make mistakes. The goal is to make many more good decisions than bad ones.

The encouraging news is that decision-making is a skill, you can practice and get better at it.

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If you have a leadership position that carries the responsibility to hire and fire people, you know the weight that carries.

Both hiring and firing can keep you awake at night. It has for me many times.

It does get better with more experience, and the more you learn. But it does require intentional effort to improve. You won’t get better just because you put in more years.

There is so much to cover on the subject, but for this post, I have just one major thought for you. Here it is:

We tend to look for the good when hiring, and we look for the bad when firing.

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