Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Spiritual Life

Every church leader has at least a slight bias toward either discipleship or evangelism; it’s part of how each of us is wired. Knowing which direction you lean helps you lead toward the fullness of the Great Commission.

  • Which direction do you lean?
  • Where does your passion draw you?

You may be just 51% inclined toward discipleship or evangelism; other leaders will acknowledge they lean much farther in their passion toward one or the other.

We know that discipleship and evangelism are completely integrated biblically, yet it’s surprisingly easy for a church to favor one over the other. That impacts the outcomes of your overall ministry.

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Leadership is our great responsibility; prayer is our great priority.

The relationship between leadership and prayer is unmistakable.

  • Leadership initiates practical change; prayer brings power for deep change.
  • Leadership solves problems; prayer brings wisdom for what seems unsolvable.
  • Leadership moves things forward; prayer helps us head in the right direction.

Next to the favor of God, everything rises and falls on leadership.

However . . .

Good leadership is vital, but it is God’s presence and power in its fullness through Christ that brings life-giving change through your church.

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When you are uncertain if the pain of leadership is worth the outcomes of leadership, you are likely to experience frustration, doubt, and lack of joy.

We all love the promise of leadership. Changed lives, a better future, and the advancement of God’s Kingdom. It’s when the promise of leadership hits the pain of leadership that we can begin to doubt and ask, “Is it really worth it?”

The pain of leadership shows up in several different ways. Here are just a few.

The pain of being misunderstood
Communication is complicated. Social media interprets your words, and they travel at light speed. It’s difficult to recapture truth when perception wins the moment.

The pain of rejection
It’s more challenging to lead today than ever before. If you say the wrong thing (anything can be wrong to somebody), you can be canceled.

The pain of a personal attack
Those you have loved, served and developed for years can take you by complete surprise with a personal attack.

The pain of deep discouragement
Discouragement is highly prevalent among church leaders. It’s perhaps the leading cause of throwing in the towel. Unfortunately, Covid has elevated that reality.

When you read a list like this, it’s a sobering reality.

The first step in navigating leadership pain is to decide if it’s worth it.

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You know God loves you.
You know He answers prayer.
You know your eternal destiny is secured.

But have you ever secretly, quietly, wondered, “God are you with me right now?” 

Intellectually, biblically, you know He is, but in the quiet of the night, it might not always feel that way. 

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