Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Spiritual Life

Have you ever come to the end of your workday, or even a workweek, and asked yourself, “What did I accomplish?”

You know you showed up, went to meetings, worked hard, but somehow, sometimes, wonder if you really accomplished much.

You are not alone.

The good news is that there is something you can do about it.

It’s always important to start with the big picture in mind. Or as Stephen Covey has said, “Start with the end in mind.” If you don’t know where you’re headed or where you want to go, you will likely arrive somewhere else. Somewhere you don’t want to be.

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Character … You can’t buy it, earn a degree in it, and you can’t borrow it, but you can develop it. Without it, few will follow you, at least not for long.

Character itself, like a heartbeat, can’t be seen, but it can be felt, and you know when it’s working well or skipping a beat. In this respect, the absence of character is devasting.

The outcomes of character can be seen. I wrote a post describing seven practical indicators of good leadership character, and you can read it here

This post focuses on developing your character.

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It’s easy to miss the heart of Easter personally because we’re so busy getting ready to tell everyone else about it. 

Don’t let your professionalism crowd out the personal from your Easter experience this year.

Too familiar are the stories of exhausted evangelists and pastors who worked so hard and taught like their preaching and personality carried the full weight of Easter.

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Jesus didn’t need people to help him.  He didn’t need twelve disciples.

Yet he chose them.

He could have been born, grown in stature and wisdom, taught, been put to death, raised from the grave, and returned to heaven without messing with twelve guys and their issues.

Jesus didn’t need to wrestle with things such as the tension from the men leaving their families, competing for status, arguing over who’s greatest, asking frustrating questions and an ultimate betrayal.

However, working through other leaders was God’s plan from the beginning.

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