Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

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The people who attend your church are incredibly busy, but they make time for the things they care about. They show up to the things they think are important and value the most.

When the long-anticipated movie comes out, their favorite band comes in concert, or it’s their kid’s birthday, people just don’t miss.

One thing that’s true every Sunday is that the people who didn’t come to church that day are somewhere! They decided that something else was more important. Many good reasons are normal and natural such as family vacation, sickness, a destination wedding, and many others. That’s part of life.

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First, a shout out to Dan Vander Wal, one of our sharp campus pastors at 12Stone, for giving me this idea for a title. We were in the monthly leadership development huddle I lead for our campus pastors, and this subject came up. It was a great conversation and got me thinking about a post to share with you.

The reflexive thought when talking about reading the room is often limited to when you are preaching or teaching. That’s important, but only represents a small percentage of the nearly limitless moments to “read the room.”

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The love of God is both incomprehensible and incomparable.

It’s difficult to fully understand the depth of God’s love. There’s no end to it. It’s a love that surpasses knowledge. (Ephesians 3:19)

Paul prays that [we] have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide, and long, and high, and deep is the love of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:18)

A perfect love can’t be measured, or fully understood, but it can be experienced. It can be expressed, and that’s what God asks of us, to lead with this kind of love.

A love that is incomparable – “the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.“ (Ephesians 2:7)

It’s because of His great love for us (Ephesians 2:4) that we do what we do.

I don’t know about you, but that can be an overwhelming thought at times.

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2019 is near!

  • Is your direction clear?
  • Are your plans complete?
  • Is your lead team onboard?

You’ve probably been working on your plans for 2019 all Fall, maybe longer, but now that Christmas is here your focus is understandably diverted. Christmas Eve weekend is one of the best times of the year to tell the good news of Jesus Christ!

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