Practical Help on Being a Life Giving Leader with Tyler Reagin

Welcome to this week’s unSeminary podcast! I’m super excited to have Tyler Reagin with us right as the launch of Catalyst: Atlanta unfolds. Tyler is the President of Catalyst, a leadership development organization which exists to equip and empower leaders who love the Church through events, content, and community. Catalyst fuels leaders and has fun doing it.

In his work with Catalyst, Tyler spends time working with the next generation of leaders driven by the idea that believers need to lead at a different level because we’ve been called to do that. Tyler wrote the book The Life-Giving Leader to encourage leaders to lead from a place of authenticity instead of aspiration.  He’s here today to chat about team building, self-awareness, and becoming a life-giving leader.

  • Team building // Tyler recognizes that there’s a difference between building a team and inheriting a team. Building a culture starts at the hiring process, a time in which he keeps in mind the three Cs: character, competency, and chemistry. Here, chemistry is what dictates the culture of a team moving forward. How does a candidate fit with our team? You’re not just hiring for a position—you’re building a culture and the people are the culture.
  • Results vs. relationships // For Tyler, who is relationship-oriented, results are People. People are not an interruption to the day; they’re the reason they do what they do at Catalyst. The same goes for ministry – we can’t be so busy on Sundays checking off items on our task list that we miss the chance to interact with those visiting our churches. A good product with a bad process is a counterfeit win. If you’re results-oriented, learn how to connect with people because failing to do so will affect your results.
  • Life-giving leadership // How we lead affects people’s faith. Each of us has influence with the people around us. Our leadership journey is simply how are we managing the influence we have. Tyler points out people don’t walk away from Jesus because of Jesus. There is much more at stake than just a poor product launch or a situation that didn’t go as well as we hoped it would. As leaders, we have a divine directive to lead at a different level—people’s faith depends on this. Life-giving leaders need to be an overflow of Christ to the people around us. When life flows from us, our influence grows.
  • The importance of self-awareness // Ultimately if you’re trying to be someone you’re not, you are not going to be a life-giving leader. Take time to get to know your truest self and embrace your Psalm 139 uniqueness, whether it be through self-awareness assessments, studying the Enneagram or evaluating your personal history. Personal development is ongoing: to become a man or woman of character and integrity, it takes a lifetime to build and a few seconds to lose.

You can learn more about Catalyst here: www.catalystleader.com To know more about Tyler, visit www.tylerreagin.com.  If you want to read The Life-Giving Leader, you can buy the book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or by clicking here.

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Rich Birch
Rich Birch is one of the early multi-site church pioneers in North America. He led the charge in helping The Meeting House in Toronto to become the leading multi-site church in Canada with over 5,000+ people in 18 locations. In addition, he served on the leadership team of Connexus Church in Ontario, a North Point Community Church Strategic Partner. He has also been a part of the lead team at Liquid Church - a 5 location multisite church serving the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey. Liquid is known for it’s innovative approach to outreach and community impact. Rich is passionate about helping churches reach more people, more quickly through excellent execution.His latest book Church Growth Flywheel: 5 Practical Systems to Drive Growth at Your Church is an Amazon bestseller and is design to help your church reach more people in your community.