5 Essentials People Want from a Leader

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What do people want from their church leader?

You might be a senior pastor, volunteer small group leader, campus pastor, head usher, student pastor or leader of the parking team.

Ultimately, people want the same basic things from you as a leader.

Some of the people you serve may place a lot of demands on you, and you’ll go crazy if you try to meet all those demands.

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But I have found, in general, that most people are reasonable, and at the core, they want the same essentials from a leader.

If you let the few “unreasonable” people consume your time, wear you out and beat you down, you’ll never move forward. Be kind but say no. Love them but hold firm. If they leave, let them know they are welcome to come back.

Focus your energy on these FIVE ESSENTIALS that reasonable people want.

1) They want to know that you are full of faith.

Leaders possess great faith. Faith in the achievability of the vision, and faith in the fact that God is with you in that vision. If you don’t have confidence, your people won’t!

However, we also stumble in our faith, experience seasons of lesser faith, and moments of uncertainty. You need a place to be honest about the level of your faith. This will be helpful as you learn to cultivate faith as a leader.

It helps me to reflect on the things God has done in the past. When I remember what He has done, I’m refreshed and renewed about what He can do. It’s God’s church! He wants it to succeed!

2) They want to know where you’re going.

People are busy, and they carefully evaluate their hours each day more than ever before. Even just a couple hours on a Sunday. Because of this, they look for value, not just activity when attending church.

Essentially, we compete with all the demands of people’s lives. The good news is that what we do through the church revolves around a purpose of arguably ultimate value.

Therefore, your mission-critical responsibility is to be clear on your purpose and where you are headed, regardless of your specific role as a leader.

It’s important that you clearly and succinctly communicate the direction your vision takes the church, your campus, team or group.

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Dan Reiland
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.