Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Leadership

I’ve never coached or consulted a church that told me they had too much money.

There are a few churches that are blessed with a significant margin, but that comes in great part from discipline among the staff and generosity among the congregation.

Most churches, however, face a tight budget to income ratio, often falling short and faced with difficult decisions.

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A little poison goes a long way.

The leaders on your team may be gifted and high capacity people, but no amount of talent can prevent teamwork toxin from taking its toll.

I’ve been asked many times, “Would you really let someone go for a bad attitude?”

My response is always the same, “Would you really pay someone for a bad attitude?!” 

I never delight in someone being released from a team, but yes, without a change, I would let them go. I’m not willing to pay anyone for a lousy attitude. That kind of attitude is available for free.

(This principle is not limited to paid staff.)

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No one church can be all things to all people.

If we as church leaders tried to make everyone happy, we would quickly fail.

In fact, if you cater to every voice who wants something added or something changed, the church your congregation loves would no longer be the church they love.

Each church has its own culture and personality.

So how do you know if your church is healthy and on the right track in general?

Is there a solid baseline from which to measure?

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You have good ideas.

You are passionate about them, but they seem to hit brick walls more often than you like.

Ever been there?

When you have what you believe is a good idea; passion alone isn’t enough to get it across.

Leading up is a nuanced art required of all leaders.

Leading up and leading change requires finesse in your leadership.

It’s not an all or nothing process. Leading up requires give and take and keeping your eye on the big picture.

Leading up is not about manipulation or politics but wisdom and discernment that shows respect and fosters a spirit of unity.

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