Why Church Leaders Need Coaches

We love a good software solution to help church leaders find a better “how” to carry out their ministry vision. Obviously we do, because that’s what we provide day in and day out! But any software, no matter how awesome, can’t do everything when it comes to truly growing and nurturing disciples. That’s the work that can only be done by people, with people, and for people.

And it’s really, really hard work.

That’s why we’re such huge fans of having church leaders seek out the support of ministry coaches to help them live in the tension of managing and ministering to the needs of people across their congregations.

Here’s why partnering with ministry coaches can help you take your personal leadership and your ministry’s impact to a greater level than you can get to alone:

  • You don’t have to have all the answers. When you’re a senior leader, the pressure to have all the answers can get intense. But you’re just one individual—with all the limitations that come from being an individual in a very high-pressure position. Partnering with a ministry coach helps alleviate the pressure to have all the answers, and it gives you a safe place to discuss your challenges and create solutions.
  • You know what questions to ask. Just as in the situation above, the stresses you feel around knowing the answers can be compounded by not knowing what questions you even need to ask. Again, a coach can help you see your current ministry challenges from a new perspective and can help you learn to ask better questions.
  • You have more margin for ministry and for life. Coaches, with their unique experiences and perspectives, can help you see the tasks you’re doing that can be transitioned to someone else and can help connect you with resources to make your current activities more efficient.
  • You can see the road ahead. Finding a coach who’s just a bit further down the road of ministry and personal development can help you see what your future might look like. Your coach should be a step or two ahead in the skills you want to develop, and they can help you lay out a plan to grow your ministry and your leadership.

Church leaders were never meant to go it alone. With the partnership of an experienced coach, your ministry and your personal development will grow in ways you never could alone.

How has a ministry coach helped you grow? How would you like to grow?

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If someone wants entertainment they're going to the wrong place. Church is not a place for entertainment...or in my opinion a barrage of coffee and donuts. Why are churches today bringing the world INTO them? Then there's the thing with children...age appropriate??? These little guys can pick stuff up in service. Besides Jesus said Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Mt. 19:14.
 
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I love the intentionality here as well as the challenge to look at the data. That's missing so many times. I would like to offer a contrarian's take. Church members and regular attenders have so many ways to get information: Announcements, bulletins, social channels, relationships, and email being among the options. But brand new people are likely going to check out the website and that's it. It might be wiser for churches with limited time and resources to focus their website almost exclusively to guests. This group of people isn't looking for a calendar of events but wants to know about regular programs. They probably aren't interested in watching all of the messages but instead may want to preview one of the services. For the times we need church members to go to websites (sign up for camp, join a group, etc), we're probably better off designing and promoting a specific page rather than cluttering up the homepage.
 
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A great question! Unfortunately, the Church Unique Kit is no longer available in print form. We are working on revising it and updating it into an online experience, but that project is at least six months out. An alternative is to come to an upcoming certification class. There is one May 15-18 in Houston, and October 23-26 in Atlanta.
 
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