Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Staffing

Leading from the middle of the pack is an art form of its own, especially when you need to lead up. It requires maturity, security, trust, and competence.

Whether you are in your first job or have been leading for years, you never arrive when it comes to leading up.

Curiously, leading up is one of the most needed and least discussed skills. Perhaps because it can sound presumptuous, maybe even arrogant or manipulative in nature to “lead your boss.”

Leading up, however, is not the same as leading your boss.

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2021 is well underway …

The presidential election is settled, the vaccine is in the beginning stages of distribution, and you no doubt have a strategic plan in process for your church.

How’s it going so far?

Even though you may have some unanswered questions and perhaps a few setbacks that linger from 2020, God is in control, and you have a tremendous opportunity to bless your community.

Before we jump into the meat of this post, let’s do a quick assessment of how you’re thinking and how you’re feeling.

Here’s a quick 5-point checklist of your leadership thinking for 2021:

  • You are applying what you learned in 2020.
  • You know what you have to offer your community.
  • Your faith in God and your confidence in your vision is strong.
  • Your staff is fully engaged.
  • Your plans are clear for the first 3 – 6 months.

If you are unsure or unclear about any of the above, I encourage you to dig in now and shore up whatever needs your attention.

How are you feeling?

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If you’re a leader, you know the incredible value of a great team, and you also know the heartache and exhaustion of a team that doesn’t function well.

Silos, lack of clarity, unhealthy competition, division, blame, politics… you know the kinds of things that destroy good teamwork.

Have you ever wondered how that happens?

You could jump right to sin nature, but great church teams are subject to sin nature too, so that’s not it.

You never hire a staff member or select an incompetent volunteer leader, at odds with the vision, divisive, immature, political, and can’t get along with people. Right? Right.

But teams break down.

How?

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This has been a crazy year, especially when it comes to leading and managing staff changes.

Very few churches have a staff that looks the same today as it did early in March of 2020. How are you feeling about your team?

Remember, every time you change just one staff member; you change your culture unless you place intentional effort into cultivating and sustaining the culture you want.

Redesigning staff structure when you weren’t planning on it has brought both positive and negative outcomes in many churches.

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