Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

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Emerging from the panic of 2020 and the life patterns of 2021, we now face substantial complexities in shaping, communicating, and realizing vision.

There are at least three challenges we face:

Challenge #1 – We are relearning how current culture views the church.
Over the past twenty years or more church has moved from a central institution in the community to an option. Today, for an increasing number, the physical gathering and engagement in church (the body of Christ) is moving from an option to something no longer seen as necessary.

Challenge #2 – Church leaders are less prone to take risks.
There are clear pitfalls to playing it safe, yet prudence compels us to have some sense of caution when the future remains unclear. Nonetheless, vision is still required, and all real forward-moving vision has risk. What do you risk? What do you protect?

Challenge #3 – Isolation has elevated individualism that seeks its own way.
Vision is designed to be achieved together; the impact is far greater that way. We can do far more together than alone. When human beings drawback from community, especially from fear, their thinking changes from “what we could accomplish together” to “what must I do to survive.” That’s not true for everyone, of course, but the shift is evident.

No matter what we are experiencing, vision remains at the very core of leadership and, when done well, produces the momentum every leader prays for.

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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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These “Top 10” posts of the year are what you, the readers have selected as the most helpful to you. In case you missed any, we’ve gathered them in one easily accessed list for you.

Thank you for reading my blog. My commitment and calling remains high to do all I can to help you develop as a leader and advance the mission of your church.

My prayer is that you and your church will flourish and reach many more for Jesus!

I hope you will continue to find these writings helpful, and will share them generously with your friends and colleagues.

I pray God’s best for you in 2018!

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These “Top 10” posts of the year are what you the readers have selected as the most helpful to you. In case you missed any, we’ve gathered them in one easily accessed list for you.

Thank you for reading my blog. My commitment and calling remains high to do all I can to help you develop as a leader and develop other leaders.

My hope is that you and your church will flourish.

I hope you will continue to find these writings helpful, and will share them generously with your friends and colleagues.

I pray God’s best for you in 2017!


1) Early Warning Signs of an Unhealthy Staff Member

2015-09-14-roman-003Nothing hurts the progress of your church more than a staff member sliding into an unhealthy disposition. The greater the influence this person has, the greater the potential for negative impact.

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2) 7 Traits of the BEST Student Pastors

student-pastorsStudent pastors have tremendous influence over the next generation. They have an extraordinary opportunity to represent the moral compass that points the way to Jesus.

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3) 6 Things Your Boss Counts On

bossPretty much everyone has a boss. Can yours count you for important things? Here are 6 things that make you stand out as a “go to” team player.

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4) Spiritual Formation in the Megachurch

12Stone ChurchIt’s common for a megachurch to be accused of being shallow. However, many of the driving characteristics that allowed a church to become 2,000 or more include a discipline and depth that brings much integrity to their ministry.

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5) 4 Temptations that Leaders Face

guyIt’s troubling to see a gifted and talented leader give up a lifetime of ministry for a moment of temptation. We all face temptation, and saying no is not always easy. None of us as leaders will escape this challenge. But how you handle your temptation will determine, to a great degree, the effectiveness and longevity of your ministry.

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6) Why First Impressions Can Change Your Church

table-groupYour first time guests often decide if they will return within the first ten minutes. Some are more forgiving and will give you a second chance, but most won’t. The unchurched look for reasons not to return and even friendship can’t override a blown first impression.

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7) How Does a Young Leader Earn a Seat at the Table?

Board RoomAll young leaders want to rise in their leadership. That is natural. Is the young leader willing to pay the price to qualify? Most say yes, until they realize it can’t be done in a short amount of time.

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8) A Lean Ministry is a Smart Ministry

leanNo one local church can do every ministry. Fewer ministries allow you to refocus your energy for greater results.

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9) Correcting a Toxic Culture

brokenAt any church, culture can drift into unhealthy. If you pour energy into practical ministry without tending to unhealthy culture, all you will get in return is exhaustion.

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10) 6 Primary Life Patterns of a Mature Leader

Mature LeadersI’ve come to deeply appreciate mature leaders and my respect for them rises quickly. Staff members who are mature are worth their weight in gold.

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