Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Spiritual Life

Can you think of a time that you selected someone for a leadership position, and it didn’t work out well?

Yup. Me too.

Most of us who have served in leadership positions, at least for any length of time, have made a few bad choices, and sometimes it’s a painful learning experience.

It’s just not always easy to know how it will all work out.

Yet, the temptation today is to make quick decisions based on pressure or even a sense of desperation.

Many churches are finding it difficult to find and recruit high-capacity volunteer leaders and even more challenging to find and hire great leaders to join their staff team.

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The Church is a powerful force for good and the hope of the world. That has always been true. Yes, the Church is flawed, but it hasn’t and can’t fail.

The Church is imperfect because people are imperfect, but the living, breathing body of believers focused on the gospel of Jesus Christ ultimately can’t fail because God can’t fail.

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

Matthew 16:18

Notice two things:

  • Jesus will build His Church
  • The gates of hell will not overcome the Church

When I take an honest look at the New Testament Church, I see the reality of miraculous life change and community transformation. Yet, at the same time, I also know the reality of daily problems.

The same is true today. 

This is in no way an excuse for sin or disingenuous leadership.

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“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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