Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

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As a church leader, I’m confident you love and care about people, but If you have been leading for more than one week, you have encountered a difficult person or two.

Recently a wonderful volunteer on the hospitality team told me that someone just left because of the coffee. The unhappy attendee said, “This coffee tastes like dirt.” He said it was weak and insisted that we do something about it. It didn’t matter that it was free. (Free is not an excuse for lousy coffee, but thousands of people seem to like it.) The volunteer offered the Starbucks brand, but the attendee was upset that it wasn’t free.

We all can be difficult or have a bad day, but there are chronic personalities that require intentional effort, maturity, and specific skill to lead.

As leaders we are called to love everyone, Jesus made that clear in John 13:34-35, but that does not mean we are to consistently tolerate behavior that harms the people and mission of the church.

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Misconceptions about local church ministry often result in ineffectiveness, disappointment, or even conflict.

A misconception refers to something we don’t see accurately, or our perspective is in some way skewed.

For example, a common misconception is that leadership in ministry is reserved for a few highly gifted and deeply spiritual people. If that were true, a lot of us wouldn’t make it.

Still, I hear far too many say something like, “Oh, I couldn’t possibly be a spiritual leader; I’m just not qualified.”

You can see the danger lurking in two directions.

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There is a rising tide that the Church has lost its edge, and for some, even lost its way. In some cases, there is truth to that. But ultimately, the general conclusion cannot be that the Church is irrelevant.

I know the “irrelevant” message can be discouraging to so many of you who serve your church in positions of leadership. This post will encourage you and provide positive direction.

The Church was never meant to remain the same; change is part of its design.

As the Church changes, largely to adapt to the shifts in culture, it’s vital that we stay focused on the original purpose of the Church.

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Most leaders I know are running at full speed – sometimes tired and nearly always in a hurry.

For those who have mastered their priorities, calendar and saying no, better than most will still say their days are incredibly full, and the weight of responsibility is heavy. 

Margin is thin these days for most leaders.

Under a heavy schedule, you might be tempted to cut corners, but that’s never a good idea. So, when it comes to effort and energy, what is enough, what’s good enough? How do you know?

Is “good enough” an acceptable leadership or stewardship idea? Or should you ALWAYS do the ultimate and “very best”?

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