Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

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The idea of Christmas “holidays” may seem ironic for you who are in church leadership.

It’s the “happiest time of the year,” right? So why does it feel like the “busiest time of the year?”

I love the holidays. I grew up in San Diego, so Christmas included warm weather and palm trees for me. Here in Atlanta with the changing of seasons, it feels like Christmas! We love it! But the holidays are incredibly busy. That’s just a reality. And the church intensifies that reality.

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You’ve noticed, haven’t you?

Leading a local church is more complex than ever.

It’s still the most rewarding and greatest purpose I can imagine, but the challenges are not for the faint of heart.

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The Holy Spirit and church growth are intimately connected. We intuitively know that’s true.

But the moment things get practical and the pressure is on, that relationship gets fuzzy pretty fast. So how is it supposed to work? Is there a “right” way?

How much of church growth is God’s favor and how much of it is your leadership?

Is church growth completely dependent upon God’s power? I have great friends and colleagues that would represent very different views.

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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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