Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Leadership

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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Leadership starts at home. How you love and lead at home has a dramatic effect on how you love and lead in the church. That’s not always an easy truth to embrace, but it’s undeniable.

There is no org chart at home, and if there was, doesn’t it sometimes feel like your two-year-old is in charge?

You may lead a large church or campus or department, hire staff, and people follow your lead. Then you come home to two teenagers you dearly love but sometimes make you second-guess if you are doing the right things.

That’s just real life. And if you listen and learn, you not only become a better mom or dad but a better leader.

It can be challenging to lead well at home, but it just may be the most important environment you ever lead.

Why is it so tough?

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Leadership is influence … for the good of the people and the advancement of the mission.

It’s one thing to gain influence and a very different thing to sustain influence.

Which one of the two do you think is more difficult?

Did you ever get “straight A’s” in school? Which was more difficult, getting all A’s or doing it, again and again, semester after semester?


When you show up on your first day on the job, the people will extend influence to you. Starting the second day, they are already deciding if they will let you keep it.

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Leadership is our great responsibility; prayer is our great priority.

The relationship between leadership and prayer is unmistakable.

  • Leadership initiates practical change; prayer brings power for deep change.
  • Leadership solves problems; prayer brings wisdom for what seems unsolvable.
  • Leadership moves things forward; prayer helps us head in the right direction.

Next to the favor of God, everything rises and falls on leadership.

However . . .

Good leadership is vital, but it is God’s presence and power in its fullness through Christ that brings life-giving change through your church.

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