Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Spiritual Life

“I’m not sure what to do.”

A phrase spoken by leaders more commonly than ever.

Part of this is natural; of course, we don’t always know what to do. Leaders create change and make progress. We live in new territory. We navigate uncharted waters in an ever-changing culture.

But Scripture says that if we lack wisdom and ask God for it, He will give it to us.

That’s true; He will.

Then why doesn’t it seem that simple?

  • It’s difficult to discern and apply truth.
  • The application of Scripture is challenged.
  • Agenda and opinion rule the day.

So, where do we start? Let me first offer the foundational building blocks of wisdom.

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How do you wake up in the morning?

  • Sunnyside up?
  • A little scrambled?
  • Over-hard?

Maybe you wake up cheery.

Maybe you have to warm up to cheery; you need coffee, a shower, breakfast, etc.

I have to warm up. I get there pretty quick, but it’s not automatic; I’m a little scrambled for a short while.

How about you?

We’re all different, but what we have in common is the knowledge and desire for something deeper, an inner sense of joy, and a longing for it.

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Over many years in church leadership, I’ve learned that there are no more powerful tools at my disposal than prayer and the Word.

You may be a naturally gifted leader, but eventually, that falls short, runs dry, or hits a lid. A deepened dependence upon God is your ultimate source for healthy, accomplished, and lasting leadership.

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Forty years of ministry has taught me that only Jesus brings real power and the life-changing authority that makes it possible for any church to reach its potential.

Yet we often lead with less than that full power.

It’s never intentional, but it’s surprisingly easy to slide into leading on your own ability, or at least partially on your own, especially when the pressure is on and God doesn’t seem to be moving as fast as you hope and pray.

I have prayed and pursued God for all these years, but I have not always fully leaned into the significance of how my relationship with Him impacts my leadership.

Intellectually I’ve known from day one that God is my source, but only decades of experience have revealed the depth of that truth. He is truly the foundation and strength of my soul, and my leadership would never reach its potential without Him.

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