Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Spiritual Life

Prayer is arguably the most powerful force in the world; it is literally life-changing.

Yet, most would agree that prayer is significantly underutilized.

Why?

Prayer requires energy, focus, discipline, and time. If it was easy, more people would pray, and believers would pray more consistently and perhaps even longer.

There is no law or formula for when or how long you need to pray. . .

However, there is something undeniably powerful about more time with God, hearing His voice, lifting your prayers, and seeing miracles happen.

Prayer is a blessing, not a burden; it’s a privilege, not a pressure.

Leaders are not excluded from this conversation.

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How are you?

Need a break?

What level is your “leadership battery” at?

  • Fully charged.
  • Good, but drained.
  • Weak, probably need a jump start.
  • Very little left; may need a new battery.

Recharging your battery this summer seems like a different prospect than last summer.

So much has changed over the last fifteen months or so, and you have absorbed the pressure and stress that came with all the change. How are you dealing with it?

From many conversations with church leaders, it’s obvious there is great hope, enthusiasm, and positive anticipation about the future, but equally, there is overwhelming discouragement and lack of confidence.

It’s important to have a tipping point to keep you on the positive side of this post-pandemic ledger.

Are you intentionally recharging at a soul level?

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Leaders are often under scrutiny.

Unfortunately, it’s often in an attempt to catch them doing something wrong, and we all know that if you look for the flaws and shortcomings, you’ll find them.

That’s true of anyone, not just leaders.

Yet, leaders are rightfully held to higher standards.

That doesn’t mean that leaders are better than anyone else, but we are accountable for our actions because of our influence on people.

Why higher standards? Is that really right? 

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OK, your congregation isn’t actually “invisible,” but at times, it can seem that way, at least for a large portion of the people.

  • How do you shepherd people you don’t see?
    This is the new era of “invisible” congregation; it’s a new challenge to demonstrate that you care.
  • Should you chase people who’ve been gone for six months or a year?
    Some people don’t want to be chased any longer. How do you know?
  • How do you show you care?
    Everyone is different, so how do you know what they need?

Reaching new people is the vision of leadership; shepherding people is the soul of leadership. Both are essential.

It’s easy to get focused on one or the other, but both are vital to the expression of a healthy church.

It seems natural to lean into vision right now, and again that’s vital, but we can’t falter on shepherding and aspects of discipleship merely because they are currently more difficult.

One pastor said it this way. “It’s kind of like when my kids moved out. They don’t want me calling all the time, but they still want to know I care, and I’m there when they need me.” That’s not easy to navigate.”

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