Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

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You might be trying to do something new, working on solving a big problem, or just dealing—like all of us are—with a lot of uncertainties because of COVID-19. 

We all have so many questions. And I want to share with you a truth that I’ve learned in my nearly 40 years in leadership as a pastor.

Like you, there are so many things I don’t like about COVID-19.

Obvious as they may be, let me list a few.

  1. It hurts people.
  2. It is crushing the economy.
  3. It greatly limits what where we can go.
  4. It has created sustained fear, worry and anxiety.
  5. It’s almost impossible to predict.

In spite of all this …

We need to smile, laugh when we can, keep our chin up and know that we will get through it even though it’s not easy.

In fact, it’s difficult.  

I lost a dear friend last week who had been in ICU on a ventilator for three weeks. It’s heartbreaking.

No matter how difficult the challenge, as leaders we must communicate hope, and that first requires hope within us.

That hope springs from our:

  • Faith in Christ
  • Confidence as a leader
  • Personal growth through this season

One of the most important questions you can ask yourself right now is; Who you are becoming during this time?

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Pivot. Adapt. Change.

You are probably hearing these three words a lot these days.

COVID-19 makes them non-negotiable.

  • Pivot – Alter your direction.
  • Adapt – Accept what is different internally.
  • Change – Take action on necessary new practices.

You might pivot and change because you just don’t have a choice. But the best way to accept the challenge of a difficult situation and leverage the opportunity for the best results is to personally adapt to what is happening around you.

The leaders I’m talking to, including myself, (yes – sometimes I talk to myself 😉) are all saying they have changed their ministry practices more in the past three-four weeks than over the last three-five years.

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Easter is just around the corner, and it will be like no other in our lifetime.

None of us could have anticipated or predicted COVID-19, but it did not catch God by surprise. That does not suggest that God set it in motion, but that He is still God, and He is with us.

There have been countless forecasts about how severe or how long it will go. Those who focus on health seem to talk about severity, and those who focus on the economy seem to talk about duration. Both elements are essential.

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