Service programming director at North Point Ministries for seven years, leadership coach, and now President of Catalyst…we’re excited to bring Tyler Reagin to the WFX Conference & Expo, November 13-15 in Orlando, Florida.
We recently checked in with Tyler to get his thoughts on what he’s seen and heard from church leaders lately along with what he wants to impart to those who attend WFX.
WFX: Between serving at a campus of North Point Ministries and now as the President of Catalyst, you’ve seen a wide variety of church sizes, leadership styles, and structures. What are some common challenges church leaders face, regardless of size or denomination?
Tyler Reagin: There are quite a few common challenges I see church leaders facing regardless of circumstances, but the main obstacle in mind is the trap of comparison.
We live in such an interconnected world that it’s never been easier to see the work and play of everyone around us. And a challenge we have to face is choosing to live true to our authentic selves and not aiming to be somebody God never made us to be.
Comparison can lead to a false need to achieve more, leading to a life of business and distraction. This is a rhythm of life that leads to another common challenge I see church leaders facing, and that is anxiety.
Anxiety is real for many leaders, and I think it can stem from striving to prove something to ourselves and others. Regardless of our ministry circumstances, we need to lead from a posture of self-acceptance and confidence in our God-given identity.
WFX: One challenge for church leaders you’ve mentioned previously is the potential for burnout. In your upcoming book, The Life-Giving Leader, you talk about leading out of the gifts God has entrusted to you and not trying to be someone else.
Would you say that trying to mimic someone's ministry or leadership style, regardless of one's own gifts, could contribute to burnout? If so, how can we avoid that trap?
Tyler Reagin: I would absolutely say that mimicking someone else’s ministry or leadership style could contribute to burnout. So often I see leaders chase other people’s uniqueness and become overwhelmed by forgetting they were made for a unique purpose…and that’s an exhausting way to live.
When we chase other people’s uniqueness, we will never be satisfied. Only the pursuit of our relationship with God can sustain and fulfill us.
So, I would say to avoid that trap, we have to embrace our God-given uniqueness and lean into our gifts to line up with God’s plan for our lives. If we don’t learn to accept who we are, we’ll never be the leaders God made us to be.
WFX: What do you want attendees to walk away with and do differently once they leave your WFX session?
Tyler Reagin: What I would love for attendees to walk away with after leaving my WFX session is for them to know that they have influence. God uniquely made them for a unique purpose, and they have what it takes to be a life-giving leader to the people around them.
With five co-located conferences and the largest dedicated church expo in the country, WFX is known to be the leading information resource for churches today. Offering state-of-the-art training and education for tech arts, building design and projects, facilities management, safety & security, communications, leadership & development and worship arts, there’s something for everyone with the option to mix and match sessions from all five conferences to maximize your learning experience. One of the biggest complaints we get is, “There’s so much to choose from”. Train with over 800 other churches and get the in-depth education from ministry and industry experts that addresses the emerging needs and demands of running a church today.
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