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The Leader’s Soul

A 2-Part Staff Leadership Lesson from Dan Reiland

Published: October 21, 2015 Updated: September 6, 2017

"The Leader’s Soul” is 2-part staff leadership teaching from Executive Pastor Dan Reiland, often referred to as The Pastor's Coach, for his leadership e-newsletter by the same name.  It is based on the book Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry by Ruth Haley Barton. This teaching was delivered to 12Stone's Leadership Development Group (LDG).

Lesson 1 – “The Soul of a Leader” outlines 5 significant ‘Trades’ leaders continually navigate that greatly affect the condition of their soul.

Lesson 2 – “Leading with Your Heart on Fire, When it Feels Like Your Hair is on Fire!” takes a candid look at how leaders get ‘jammed up’ and ultimately, through the power of the Holy Spirit, can get ‘freed up’. 

Everything you need – including speaker's notes, handouts, table discussion questions and web links to reference materials – is included for you to customize and use with your own staff.  Please also download "How to Use an LDG Resource" for more information on LDG meetings and important notes on how to deliver this teaching.

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Justin JeterMay 21, 2019

Lesson 1 handout files are actually “Lincoln on Leadership” lesson handouts. Please update.


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