Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Character … You can’t buy it, earn a degree in it, and you can’t borrow it, but you can develop it. Without it, few will follow you, at least not for long.

Character itself, like a heartbeat, can’t be seen, but it can be felt, and you know when it’s working well or skipping a beat. In this respect, the absence of character is devasting.

The outcomes of character can be seen. I wrote a post describing seven practical indicators of good leadership character, and you can read it here

This post focuses on developing your character.

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It’s not just celebrities who fall from leadership.

There are too many who quietly step down from leadership because, in some way, they have disqualified themselves. They just don’t make the headlines.

My hope is always for restoration, but the greater need is to help leaders prevent a fall in the first place.

As the body of Christ, it’s important that our disposition toward fallen leaders is not judgment, but compassion resulting in prayer. This does not suggest lowered standards; it speaks to grace and hope for restoration.

So what can we do? What practices can leaders themselves put in place to stay proactive and help prevent a fall?

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You’ve been pressing the pedal to the metal.

You’ve been burning the candle at both ends.

You’re tired and pretty sure you need a break.

Not like a half day, but a real break.

What does that mean?
How do you know?
Who helps you make that happen?

Some people live their entire lives that way and do fine. For others, that’s a recipe for disaster.

Norms are helpful as healthy guidelines, but it’s dangerous to assume one size fits all when it comes to work, play and the need for rest. All leaders are different.

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The top three attended Sundays each year are:

  1. Easter
  2. Christmas
  3. Mother’s Day

Your experience may be a little different, but this is the norm for most churches.

Stories about the recent Easter services and salvation from all over the country have been amazing. The number of people who attended that day in most churches was incredible. In fact, it’s not uncommon that attendance doubled. 

Yet, also in most churches, the attendance returned to the usual pattern the next Sunday.

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