Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Author / Dan Reiland

It’s not just celebrities who fall from leadership.

There are too many who quietly step down from leadership because, in some way, they have disqualified themselves. They just don’t make the headlines.

My hope is always for restoration, but the greater need is to help leaders prevent a fall in the first place.

As the body of Christ, it’s important that our disposition toward fallen leaders is not judgment, but compassion resulting in prayer. This does not suggest lowered standards; it speaks to grace and hope for restoration.

So what can we do? What practices can leaders themselves put in place to stay proactive and help prevent a fall?

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You’ve been pressing the pedal to the metal.

You’ve been burning the candle at both ends.

You’re tired and pretty sure you need a break.

Not like a half day, but a real break.

What does that mean?
How do you know?
Who helps you make that happen?

Some people live their entire lives that way and do fine. For others, that’s a recipe for disaster.

Norms are helpful as healthy guidelines, but it’s dangerous to assume one size fits all when it comes to work, play and the need for rest. All leaders are different.

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The top three attended Sundays each year are:

  1. Easter
  2. Christmas
  3. Mother’s Day

Your experience may be a little different, but this is the norm for most churches.

Stories about the recent Easter services and salvation from all over the country have been amazing. The number of people who attended that day in most churches was incredible. In fact, it’s not uncommon that attendance doubled. 

Yet, also in most churches, the attendance returned to the usual pattern the next Sunday.

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“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”   

Abraham Lincoln

When you think in terms of leadership, this is a great truth that is relevant to the church.

When churches or senior leadership teams within the church are not aligned, and in many cases openly divided:

  • They can’t stand unified.
  • They can’t move forward.
  • They can’t fully honor God.

It’s sad to see church leaders divided. Sometimes it’s literally a room of angry people raising their voices and demanding their way. Others are more sophisticated, holding quiet meetings in secret, and pressing personal agendas forward. Both are just as dangerous and break God’s heart.

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