Episode 216: Leadership legend Dan Reiland makes culture simple.

Rusty sits down with one of the nation’s most innovative church thinkers, Dan Reiland, for a leadership masterclass as they talk about building culture and being an effective executive pastor. Dan also shares the life lesson John Maxwell taught him that he still applies today.
Leadership looks like getting comfortable with growth, taking risks, and appreciating the journey along the way. And this week, we have someone who is a living, breathing example of how to live that out that well. Dan Reiland is an author, leadership coach, executive pastor, and a legend when it comes to innovation in the world of ministry. He’s passionate about developing and empowering leaders; you can hear that passion come through in our conversation.

You’ll get to hear Dan share about interning with John Maxwell, how he learned to live out his calling to reach people, and why focusing on the culture you’re building is a crucial part of leading an organization. I’m telling you, this episode is a masterclass in ministry and leadership no matter where you are in your journey.

Special thanks to Stadia Church Planting for sponsoring this week’s episode!


Who is Dan? -  2:24
  • How Dan Reiland broke John Maxwell’s internship.
  • The life lesson he applies the most to this day.
  • How Dan started blogging before blogging was blogging.
  • Finding your rhythm and staying in your lane.

Leadership as an Executive Pastor - 17:19
  • The different roles an Executive Pastor (XP) can play.
  • The strategy behind bringing on an executive pastor.
  • Advice for anyone stepping into the XP role for the first time.

Lessons from Great Leaders - 30:28
  • Lessons from John Maxwell and Kevin Meyers.
  • What is culture?
  • Infusing the good and filtering out the bad in the cultural waters of an organization.

Creators and Guests

Rusty George
Rusty George
follower of Jesus, husband of lorrie, father of lindsey and sidney, pastor of real life church
Episode 216: Leadership legend Dan Reiland makes culture simple.
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