Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

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Have your volunteers returned?

As more of your congregation return to church, your need for quality and committed volunteers increases.

However, that might produce a unique kind of tension.

It’s good that people are coming back, and new people are coming, but my hunch is that some of your best volunteers haven’t returned yet.

Tension can increase at the thought of people returning to a sub-standard worship and ministry experience if you don’t have your full volunteer teams back.

You feel the pressure.

However, don’t pass that pressure on to your volunteers.

Guilt is not a good motivator; instead, invite them back to a big vision.

If a volunteer isn’t back yet because of heightened health risks, go slow and give them time. Pray for their health and encourage them.

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Church online is awesome.

It works.

But so many are saying, “It’s just not the same as being there.” 

And while others would say, “What do you mean come back to church? I never left; I’m online.

Others are owning that they are beginning to drift.

Here’s our message. The doors of the church are re-opening, and we welcome you.

When you are ready.

Some have personal concerns that we need to honor along with their sense of timing for when they’re ready to return to church in larger gatherings.

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Great hospitality isn’t a strategy, it’s part of a lifestyle.

It begins within the hearts of a few who have a gift of hospitality and catches like wildfire amongst all it touches.

Any kind of hospitality is great.

If it’s a job description fulfilled by cheerful people, that is absolutely wonderful.

But I’ve traveled to enough churches around the country that it’s now easy to notice the difference between hospitality that is a program and hospitality that is more of a spirit within the people.

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Jesus didn’t need people to help him.  He didn’t need twelve disciples.

Yet he chose them.

He could have been born, grown in stature and wisdom, taught, been put to death, raised from the grave, and returned to heaven without messing with twelve guys and their issues.

Jesus didn’t need to wrestle with things such as the tension from the men leaving their families, competing for status, arguing over who’s greatest, asking frustrating questions and an ultimate betrayal.

However, working through other leaders was God’s plan from the beginning.

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