Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Leadership

If your Lead Team tries to focus on everything, you won’t accomplish anything. 

It’s good that your Strategic Leadership Team has the freedom to talk about anything, to be honest, and deal with reality as it happens, but what are the primary areas you should focus on? 

When your Executive Team, by whatever term they are called, and whether paid or includes volunteers, creates an agenda, what should be on it? 

Typically, the teams that simply “go around the table and give updates” are not highly effective. 

Communication is always helpful, but when the whole group works on something together, the results are stronger.

Even if your Lead Team solves a few problems with an open agenda, a good thing, of course, perhaps those problems could have been solved by others, which allows you to give more time to forward-focused thinking.

What are the primary categories your exec team is responsible for? What should you obsess on? 

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Welcome to 2021.

A few might think, “What’s actually different from last week?”

A new year is always different.

God created life with patterns and rhythms, seasons and days, and newness internally and externally. New beginnings are part of creative and redemptive nature. It’s up to you what you do with it.

With the start of a new year, we give ourselves mental and emotional permission for a fresh start. That’s normal and healthy. In fact, it’s powerful. Too powerful to waste.

In some ways, you may want to leave 2020 in the dust, never to look back. But that’s not possible; last year is part of you. You’ve learned, grown, and changed.

Take the best of 2020 forward. Learn from your struggles and lead with the best of you.

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What a year! It has been:

  • Over-flowing with difficult challenges.
  • Packed with good opportunities.
  • Flooded with tough disappointment.
  • Brimming with adaptation.
  • Full of hope!

You made it through!

Now what?

Your outcomes in 2021 will largely be based on what you learned and how you grew in 2020.

There will be those who tell you in January that “2020 isn’t over yet.” That won’t be true.

When 2020 is over, it’s over.  If you don’t think that way, you can get stuck there.

Yes, we’ll have new challenges to solve in 2021, but let them be new. Come at them with a fresh approach.

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2020 has been a crazy year.

Church leaders continually tell me they are worn out, and now at Christmas, when demands are high, it’s easy to miss a moment of discernment that you would otherwise have caught.

The purpose of this post is about wanting the best for you, rather than assuming anything negative about others.

Stuff that can hurt you happens in leadership, and I don’t want you to take hits that can be prevented.

When you have been through a year like this one, your reserves can be low. Challenges and conflicts that would normally just be part of life in ministry can catch you off guard.

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