Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Leadership

If you quietly believe your church isn’t that different today than two years ago, consider that because the culture has dramatically changed, people see, perceive, and experience your church differently.

That reality is unavoidable.

The essential question is — Are people experiencing the difference in your church that you want them to experience?

In most cases, the difference is shaped by nuance, how you say what you say, how you treat people, and the values and convictions you stand for – not your programs.

The new church is people over methods. Yes, it’s always been about people, but we have leaned heavily into models and methods for decades, and while they will still serve you well, people must come first.

As little as twenty-five to thirty years ago, society looked at the local church, generally speaking, with favor. It was seen as good even for many that didn’t go themselves. Today, the church (again, in general) is often seen as something unnecessary, irrelevant, or maybe even questioned.

It’s my observation that people are considering things of a spiritual nature more and more because, intuitively, they’re at a loss for answers in a world that increasingly doesn’t make sense.

Turning the tide is not easy, and it’s a long road ahead, but it’s unquestionably doable! I have great faith in the Church because I have faith in a great God.

So, where do we start?

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There is a significant difference between a moment of fear and a spirit of fear in a leader’s life. How has the last 24 months affected you?

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to have completely escaped fear of any kind.

For example:

  • Financial fears
  • Fear about the future of your church
  • Health-related fears (including anxieties)
  • Fears or concerns about your family
  • Fears about the future of our country

You get the idea.

The big question is, what level of fear may have knowingly or unknowingly become part of your life and leadership over the past 24 months? What is your approach to overcoming it?

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There is something deeply moving about giving ourselves away for the good of others.

When we give of our time and talent in any way to encourage and build others in their faith, or emerging faith, we begin to activate the servant-heart of Jesus within ourselves.

When we serve others, we add value and potentially change a life. We bring a cool cup of water in the name of Jesus.

There is no right or wrong, or greater or lesser, in serving. If the desire of your heart is to be helpful, serving pleases God and makes a difference.

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It’s easy to get so consumed with solving the problems in the church that we miss slaying the enemies of the church.

Problems come in a wide variety from things such as developing effective strategy in a time when the future is so uncertain to financial pressure and complexity of hiring staff. They involve factors like understanding culture, how to lead the online church, and both ideological and theological differences. You get the picture.

Here’s how it works.

As leaders, it’s part of our job to see and solve problems, so we understandably invest a great deal of time in that process.

The pressure to solve problems in the church requires so much focus that we have little energy left to conquer the enemies of the soul.

That leaves room for these quiet destroyers to do significant damage.

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