Pastor, proactively schedule your office appointments with your “pioneers:” those who are most responsive to your leadership. Invest generously in their lives.

Take risks together.


Face the challenges that arise together. The disruptions that Covid brought have provided an ideal context for innovation and experimentation. Support your pioneers as they grow in their willingness to trust God and as their character rapidly grows to mirror that of Christ. You’ll enjoy your life and ministry a lot more, and greater Kingdom fruit will be born, as well.

Nine months from now, you could be leaping into your work week with a vigor, optimism, and enthusiasm that most of your folks have never seen in you.

–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at


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