Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

The idea of Christmas “holidays” may seem ironic for you who are in church leadership.

It’s the “happiest time of the year,” right? So why does it feel like the “busiest time of the year?”

I love the holidays. I grew up in San Diego, so Christmas included warm weather and palm trees for me. Here in Atlanta with the changing of seasons, it feels like Christmas! We love it! But the holidays are incredibly busy. That’s just a reality. And the church intensifies that reality.

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The primary responsibility of a leader is to think.

A leader’s thoughts must be bathed in prayer, sifted through wise counsel, and compared to experience. Your leadership never rises above your thought patterns.

I can remember as a young leader, and a few times as a not-so-young leader, someone saying to me: “What were you thinking?!” And the honest answer was, “I guess I wasn’t thinking.”

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You’ve noticed, haven’t you?

Leading a local church is more complex than ever.

It’s still the most rewarding and greatest purpose I can imagine, but the challenges are not for the faint of heart.

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Building an extraordinary team is a huge endeavor. It’s exciting, rewarding but it’s also hard work. It’s just never done.

It’s a little like gardening. You just get everything growing great and looking good only to have a severe weather change, or you got busy and forgot to water or fertilize. Maybe a pest gets in your lawn. We’ve had a gopher now for two or three years. It’s a battle and he’s winning!

But if you work hard and stick with it, the result is beautiful. It’s organic, so it’s never perfect and always changing, but it’s worth the effort.

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