Emotional Intelligence, a Critical Trait of a Church Replanter

Episode #009
November 2, 2017
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External factors play a major role in replanting and revitalizing. But so do internal factors. Today, Mark Clifton joins us to talk about EQ and its importance in effective leadership.

Today’s Listener Question:


In episode 3, you mentioned a replanter needs high emotional intelligence. What does that look like on a practical level and how can I improve personally?

Episode Highlights:

  • Self awareness is critical for a pastor.
  • Pastors need to be good listeners.
  • The more you love Jesus, the more you’re going to love people.
  • The more you love people, the more you’re going to want to spend time with them.

The four characteristics of emotional intelligence that we cover in this episode are:

  1. Self-awareness: The ability to know yourself and your emotions, not as you wish they were, but as they really are.
  2. Self-regulation: The wisdom and ability to understand the impact you have when you take action or refrain from action.
  3. Social awareness: The ability to read other people and understand their emotions.
  4. Relationship management: The ability to incorporate the other 3 skills to navigate and build positive relationships with all types of people.

Resources mentioned in this episode include:

Revitalize & Replant is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and ChurchReplanters.com. More than 10% of churches in North America are at risk of closing and the North American Mission Board is committed to reversing this trend by decreasing the death rate of existing churches while simultaneously increasing the birth rate of new churches. To learn more about what it means to become a replanting pastor or to explore resources for replanting and revitalization in your own church, visit ChurchReplanters.com.

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