Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Leadership

It’s wise to acknowledge the limits of your leadership and lean into all that God has for you.

Your leadership has limits; mine does too. But we don’t have to remain constrained in what God wants to accomplish through us. God provides what we need.

One example is how God continues to encourage, enlighten and equip us as leaders through the power of His Word.

Scripture is alive and fresh every moment. The Holy Spirit translates it into our hearts according to the need.

One morning this week, as I was reading Romans 12:9-21, the words seemed to jump off the page in a fresh way for all of us as leaders.

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The sustained pressures of unanswered questions, unsolved problems, and an unknown future have caused leaders to pull back, hesitate, and in many cases, play it safe.

Here are a few statements from leaders in the past few weeks.

  • I know we already committed, but I’m not sure this is the right time to build.
  • Maybe we should wait to launch the next campus.
  • I think I need to hold back in my preaching with all the cultural tension. 
  • Maybe we should not hire anyone right now.

When you are on the front lines of leadership, these are not easy decisions.

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It’s obvious that attendance in physical buildings has dramatically declined over the past year, and with so many still disconnected from true engagement, what’s the best way to go forward?

Let’s start with something encouraging, people are coming back! Even some who have been away for a year!

When you consider who has and who hasn’t returned to church, what’s the best way to lead?

Start by knowing who. That will shape how you think, pray and make your next steps.

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Every leader is less gifted than someone, but what if you see yourself as somewhere in the middle of the pack?

Do you feel destined to remain there? That can feel internally demotivating. You probably have dreams and desires to lead better, larger, and have a greater impact.

In one sense, you can lead “above” your gifting.

What does that mean?

You can’t lead outside your gifts and talents, nor should you attempt to get out in front of God, but you can break out of the middle of the pack and elevate the gifts you do have so that the end result is leading with greater capacity than you possess on your own.

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