Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

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What are the primary messages your leadership communicates?

Your style of leadership, personal background, developmental journey, and faith heritage influence a certain pattern of convictions you carry.

Your convictions as a leader shape your decisions, form your relationships, and influence your vision. Your level of faith, in turn, increases the strength of your convictions.

Some of those convictions are likely unique and personal to you, but there are convictions that reach across a wide range of leaders and are more universal.

I’m sure you could add a few, but let me offer you seven leadership convictions as a great starting place to compare the messages you are sending to the messages you want to send.

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How would you assess your personal momentum as a leader?

Do you sense your life and leadership moving forward in a positive and productive way?

If not, do you have a sense of what’s holding you back?

Feeling stuck as a leader is never a good feeling, but there is always a reason, and a way out.

In this post, I’m not referring to the momentum of your church or organization, but your personal momentum. Yes, the two are always connected, but momentum starts with you.

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The sustained pressures of unanswered questions, unsolved problems, and an unknown future have caused leaders to pull back, hesitate, and in many cases, play it safe.

Here are a few statements from leaders in the past few weeks.

  • I know we already committed, but I’m not sure this is the right time to build.
  • Maybe we should wait to launch the next campus.
  • I think I need to hold back in my preaching with all the cultural tension. 
  • Maybe we should not hire anyone right now.

When you are on the front lines of leadership, these are not easy decisions.

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It’s obvious that attendance in physical buildings has dramatically declined over the past year, and with so many still disconnected from true engagement, what’s the best way to go forward?

Let’s start with something encouraging, people are coming back! Even some who have been away for a year!

When you consider who has and who hasn’t returned to church, what’s the best way to lead?

Start by knowing who. That will shape how you think, pray and make your next steps.

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