How do you break the 200 attendance barrier? Martin Daland became the senior leader in a conflicted small church of 180. Within two years, he saw his church grow to more than 300. He talks about how he changed pastoral care, fought burn out, and got the church healthy. Amazingly, he did this in Norway, where only 5% of the population attends church. But the application is universal.
Welcome to Episode 88 of the Podcast.
Guest Links: Martin Daland
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God gave Martin a vision, and he couldn’t believe he was chosen to do something so powerful for Christ. After an exhausting journey led by faith, he became the senior pastor of a church in Norway. Here’s how he handled the challenges he faced.
- Start with self-care. If you’re not ok, the staff won’t be ok, and the church won’t thrive. Martin had many questions about his new role and God’s plans for him, and transitioning into senior leadership was taking a toll on his personal life. He saw a counselor, walked in faith and slowly began to restore balance. Though he wasn’t the source of previous conflict in his church, he knew that he didn’t seek help for himself, the future of the church would be unstable.
- Care for your staff. Martin believed he had to build confidence and trust back into his team if he wanted the mission of the church to thrive. He focused on building a healthy culture where constructive criticism and encouragement were welcome by providing a safe environment for conversation.
- Care for the congregation. Many church members felt hurt after previous leadership betrayed their trust. Martin placed emphasis on listening to his congregation, showing empathy and going back to the fundamental principles of what the church was founded on, Christ. He spent time having one-on-one conversations with the most influential people of the church and led from a place of humility.
- Place emphasis on the values. Martin says he focused on preaching into the church’s key values. The church is more than 160 years old, so he didn’t want to change them, but exalt them.
- Connect with other pastors in your region. As a new senior pastor in a new denomination, Martin needed to define his role, so he worked with his church about how to move forward. He decided to reach out and establish relationships with other pastors in the city so they could meet regularly and lean onto each other for support.
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