Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Leadership

First, a shout out to Dan Vander Wal, one of our sharp campus pastors at 12Stone, for giving me this idea for a title. We were in the monthly leadership development huddle I lead for our campus pastors, and this subject came up. It was a great conversation and got me thinking about a post to share with you.

The reflexive thought when talking about reading the room is often limited to when you are preaching or teaching. That’s important, but only represents a small percentage of the nearly limitless moments to “read the room.”

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Leaders are readers. We know that’s true, yet it often seems like there isn’t enough time to finish the reading required for study and prep, let alone discovery, learning and personal enrichment.

Why read so much?

  • Reading stimulates your mind and stretches your thinking.
  • You gain ideas!
  • It’s like having a conversation with some of the world’s brightest people, without leaving your home.
  • You’ll do your job better.
  • You’ll become a more interesting person.
  • You can be inspired!
  • It expands your world.

How is it that some leaders seem to read more than others?

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The love of God is both incomprehensible and incomparable.

It’s difficult to fully understand the depth of God’s love. There’s no end to it. It’s a love that surpasses knowledge. (Ephesians 3:19)

Paul prays that [we] have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide, and long, and high, and deep is the love of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:18)

A perfect love can’t be measured, or fully understood, but it can be experienced. It can be expressed, and that’s what God asks of us, to lead with this kind of love.

A love that is incomparable – “the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.“ (Ephesians 2:7)

It’s because of His great love for us (Ephesians 2:4) that we do what we do.

I don’t know about you, but that can be an overwhelming thought at times.

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It’s speed and pressure that can cause you to lose sight of some of the basics that are vital to the sustainability of your leadership. It might be in the church, in your home, or maybe in a business venture.

As leaders, we usually talk about things like vision, strategy, staffing, etc., and they are incredibly important. But you and I can blow it, even with the best vision and strategy, if we mess up on the “simple” stuff – the things that are considered common sense.

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