Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Spiritual Life

Competence may get you in the door, but character keeps you in the room.

Character is core to who you are as a leader, whether or not people trust you, and your overall effectiveness for the good of others.

Let’s be blunt.

People simply will not follow anyone they don’t trust.

Being really good at what you do is critical, but character is the bottom line for a spiritual leader.

When selecting a leader, there is a temptation to quickly pass over character and focus on competence and chemistry. We all know character matters; however, good character is often simply assumed. That’s a mistake.

It is good to assume the best, but when it comes to leaders, it’s difficult to “fix” a lack of character. The good news is that you can develop good character.

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Coaching others in personal growth is a passion of mine.

Few things in life are as rewarding as seeing someone become the best version of themself.

My granddaughter Anza is just seven months old and I’m watching her develop before my eyes — and so quickly. Anza is sitting up now and leans over to pick up toys, actually, anything she can get her hands on! She has amazing focus. When she can’t quite reach something, I’m quick to hand it to her, but her parents are smarter about that.

My daughter Mackenzie and Son-In-Law Jacob are great parents,they help Anza figure out how to grasp something that’s a little bit of a stretch for her.

That helps Anza develop.

The effort to reach, stretch and strive is core to all development.

It has always been curious to me how we all see the development of a child as something natural, important, and something to be championed and pursued.

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What can stop the Coronavirus?

I’m all in for: 

  • Wearing my mask.
  • Social distancing. 
  • Washing my hands. 

That makes a big difference.

We also need factual and accurate information to keep learning the trends, what works, what doesn’t work, and how to be smart about this crazy season we’re all in.

Some say it won’t be over until there’s a vaccine. There is undoubtedly truth to that, but is a vaccine really the magic bullet? 

I don’t know what God has in mind, but I am confident that He loves and cares about people and can shut down the Coronavirus by speaking even just one word. 

What I do know is that prayer is our best, strongest, and most powerful weapon against this world pandemic. 

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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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