Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders
  • Confident Leader!

    You’re a good leader, but leadership is challenging and can rattle your confidence. Setbacks, challenges, and problems can cause you to second-guess yourself, doubt, or pull back. Your confidence may be stretched thin, but there is a way to strengthen it.

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    / March 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Confident Leader!

Change is healthy.

Change is needed.

Change is good… but not all change is good.

It’s up to you to lead with wisdom and discernment in order to know the right changes at the right times.

It’s not easy, I know.

One pastor said, “If I object to nothing, I have no courage. If I object to everything, I have no credibility.”

I get what he’s saying.

If you object to everything, the message is one of little vision, lack of ability to adapt to culture shifts, and no hope. If you object to nothing, it might appear like you’ve lost touch with your values and convictions.

It is a new day, a new era for the church. It’s not an easy one, but it truly is filled with new possibilities and opportunities.

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2021 is well underway …

The presidential election is settled, the vaccine is in the beginning stages of distribution, and you no doubt have a strategic plan in process for your church.

How’s it going so far?

Even though you may have some unanswered questions and perhaps a few setbacks that linger from 2020, God is in control, and you have a tremendous opportunity to bless your community.

Before we jump into the meat of this post, let’s do a quick assessment of how you’re thinking and how you’re feeling.

Here’s a quick 5-point checklist of your leadership thinking for 2021:

  • You are applying what you learned in 2020.
  • You know what you have to offer your community.
  • Your faith in God and your confidence in your vision is strong.
  • Your staff is fully engaged.
  • Your plans are clear for the first 3 – 6 months.

If you are unsure or unclear about any of the above, I encourage you to dig in now and shore up whatever needs your attention.

How are you feeling?

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If you’re a leader, you know the incredible value of a great team, and you also know the heartache and exhaustion of a team that doesn’t function well.

Silos, lack of clarity, unhealthy competition, division, blame, politics… you know the kinds of things that destroy good teamwork.

Have you ever wondered how that happens?

You could jump right to sin nature, but great church teams are subject to sin nature too, so that’s not it.

You never hire a staff member or select an incompetent volunteer leader, at odds with the vision, divisive, immature, political, and can’t get along with people. Right? Right.

But teams break down.


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If your Lead Team tries to focus on everything, you won’t accomplish anything. 

It’s good that your Strategic Leadership Team has the freedom to talk about anything, to be honest, and deal with reality as it happens, but what are the primary areas you should focus on? 

When your Executive Team, by whatever term they are called, and whether paid or includes volunteers, creates an agenda, what should be on it? 

Typically, the teams that simply “go around the table and give updates” are not highly effective. 

Communication is always helpful, but when the whole group works on something together, the results are stronger.

Even if your Lead Team solves a few problems with an open agenda, a good thing, of course, perhaps those problems could have been solved by others, which allows you to give more time to forward-focused thinking.

What are the primary categories your exec team is responsible for? What should you obsess on? 

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