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My First 90 Days as Senior Pastor

However, I have learned something additional lately—thanks in part to Mahalia Jackson and Martin Luther King, Jr. On August 28, 1963, King began his speech to 250,000 people on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. However, Mahalia recognized the potential power of the moment and need for a course correction in Dr. King’s speech. At that moment, she began to call out repeatedly from her spot behind him on the platform, “Tell them about the dream, Martin.” And the rest is history!

While vision statements are necessary and keep your organization focused, your dreams carry more potential. They carry the passion and power. So while I will continue to wait until next January to share what I believe God is calling us to as a church, I have already begun to tell others in a variety of settings the dreams I have for First Wesleyan Church and the surrounding community to which He has called us.  

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Dr. Dan Reiland serves as Executive Pastor at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He previously partnered with John Maxwell for 20 years, first as Executive Pastor at Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, then as Vice President of Leadership and Church Development at INJOY. He and Dr. Maxwell still enjoy partnering on a number of church related projects together.