Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Leadership

What’s next?! A common question today amongst leaders.

How do we lead with authentic hope when the future seems so cloudy?

You must first possess a positive outlook on the future before you can authentically lead with hope.

Let’s be honest; that’s not easy or automatic right now.

We certainly have hope for the future because Christ is our hope, but that doesn’t eliminate the number or size of challenges we face.

Let’s just say it. Leading today is difficult.

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Leadership is a marathon, not a sprint; you’ve got to take care of yourself if you want to go the distance.

Leaders carry burdens, some are their own, and some for those they love, lead and pour their lives into.

Weariness is common today. It’s not a sense of feeling defeated; in fact, there is great hope about the future, but that doesn’t remove the reality of physical and emotional fatigue that can lead to emptiness. What’s your plan for soul care?

There is great uniqueness in how it plays out for each person.

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As you develop in your leadership, you grow through “leadership lids” that can slow or even prevent your church from growing.

John Maxwell says it this way,

“Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. The lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid on his or her potential. The higher the leadership, the greater the effectiveness.”

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

We all need to grow through our leadership lids, and we can.

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Wisdom is not a guaranteed virtue that accompanies age.

Recall the words of Elihu in the book of Job.

“I thought, ‘Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.’ But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives understanding. It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.”

Job 32:7-9

(The idea for using this scripture came from David Mathis’ book, Habits of Grace.) Good book!

I wish my grey hair guaranteed wisdom, but it doesn’t! I must pursue wisdom from the primary source, God, “the breath of the Almighty.”

There is a great difference between learning, growing, and changing every year and repeating the same things over and over again — be careful of that trap.

One leads to wisdom; the other leads to exhaustion.

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