Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

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It’s easy to get so consumed with solving the problems in the church that we miss slaying the enemies of the church.

Problems come in a wide variety from things such as developing effective strategy in a time when the future is so uncertain to financial pressure and complexity of hiring staff. They involve factors like understanding culture, how to lead the online church, and both ideological and theological differences. You get the picture.

Here’s how it works.

As leaders, it’s part of our job to see and solve problems, so we understandably invest a great deal of time in that process.

The pressure to solve problems in the church requires so much focus that we have little energy left to conquer the enemies of the soul.

That leaves room for these quiet destroyers to do significant damage.

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If you’re a leader, you make mistakes. I’ve made plenty.

In fact, it’s impossible to lead without making mistakes because you are moving into new and often unknown territory. The important thing is not to repeat your mistakes. If you do, that indicates you’re not learning as you lead.

So let me say it again this way.

Make mistakes, learn from them and get better as a leader; just don’t make the same mistake twice.

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Leadership these days can seem like just a placeholder, as if running in place, neither moving forward or backward.

When all your leadership effort merely keeps the machine of ministry going but does not move the mission forward, it’s difficult to be a force for good that results in positive change.

That can be frustrating, right?!

How can we break out of that pattern?

None of us want to just go through the motions in ministry. Yet, the cumulative nature of fear, setbacks, and division can make real and measurable progress challenging.

And you stepped into ministry because of your calling with a passion for doing good! In fact, to be a force for good!

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Every church leader has at least a slight bias toward either discipleship or evangelism; it’s part of how each of us is wired. Knowing which direction you lean helps you lead toward the fullness of the Great Commission.

  • Which direction do you lean?
  • Where does your passion draw you?

You may be just 51% inclined toward discipleship or evangelism; other leaders will acknowledge they lean much farther in their passion toward one or the other.

We know that discipleship and evangelism are completely integrated biblically, yet it’s surprisingly easy for a church to favor one over the other. That impacts the outcomes of your overall ministry.

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