Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Leadership

There is a big difference between a conversation and a debate.

  • A conversation seeks understanding.
  • The nature of a debate requires a winner and a loser, someone to be right, and someone to be wrong.

Debates can be good. For example, in the collegiate arena, debate teams teach students how to think fast on their feet and communicate clearly.

That’s good training.

Other times, however, debates can be more like a fierce argument where no one listens, and neither person wins.

That’s understandable considering topics such as COVID, the economy, racism, saving the planet, and the elections, but not helpful.

More than ever, leaders are navigating tension-filled topics that seem to escalate in heat from zero to sixty within seconds.

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What a new and strange thought. . .

How to “re-open” a church.

But we’re all in it and figuring it out while the playing field keeps changing.

Many churches have been re-opening for months now, and others won’t begin until sometime in 2021.

Let’s start there, churches don’t simply re-open, and you’re done. Re-opening is a process, and it could be a long one depending on when we finally get to the post COVID era. It requires a new leadership mindset.

As long as culture and circumstances keep changing, the church continues its re-opening process.

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Competence may get you in the door, but character keeps you in the room.

Character is core to who you are as a leader, whether or not people trust you, and your overall effectiveness for the good of others.

Let’s be blunt.

People simply will not follow anyone they don’t trust.

Being really good at what you do is critical, but character is the bottom line for a spiritual leader.

When selecting a leader, there is a temptation to quickly pass over character and focus on competence and chemistry. We all know character matters; however, good character is often simply assumed. That’s a mistake.

It is good to assume the best, but when it comes to leaders, it’s difficult to “fix” a lack of character. The good news is that you can develop good character.

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The moment you step up to lead, you immediately discover your level of confidence.

And the question that comes up is why?

  • What causes the difference between writing and preparing a talk, and standing up to deliver it?
  • What causes the difference between the great idea you came up with in your office and presenting it to your board? Maybe it’s a big decision, and you begin to second guess yourself.
  • What causes the difference between your time in prayer and stepping into a conflict-oriented and challenging conversation?

You were confident that you were ready, and God was with you, then something changed. Real-life happened, and your confidence was shaken.

It happens to all of us.

It happens to those who are overconfident as well as those who are underconfident.

The truth is that it’s not just skill and experience that produces your confidence in the natural realm; your confidence is greatly strengthened on the inside at a soul level.

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