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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In this era, we have the opportunity of professional church staff today who utilize their gifting to shape the image and atmosphere of the church organization. But the 100% real impact on the church visitors is genuine evidence of changed lives by the gospel and the active growing discipleship (just as it was in the first century church). One demonstration is financially rich believers ministering equally together with poor believers (how odd, and incredibly miraculous; all humble and bow at the foot of the cross.). It is the awesome contrast of church members vocations, race, gender, age, maturity, gifting, humility that demonstrates to visitors "there is a Spirit in the place". That first-time guest list of 10 are "physical excuses", not spiritual excuses. Those don't tell the story. The condition of facilities and publicly greeting people have zero to do with it. The power of God in and through believers lives dedicated to impact other people with their relationship bridge-building of acceptance of the lost around them. Empowered believers are infectious, loving, helpful, giving, self-less, dynamic, compelling, bold, Christ-filled. As I have been in many church settings domestically and internationally, the facilities can be poor, and yet the fellowship can still be rich. We need to operate with first church humility. People come to Christ on His terms, not on our human abilities of hospitality. A huge catastrophe in a community, disaster relief brings lots of people into churches – many come to the church in those terrible conditions no matter the physical condition of the local church. Off the condition of facility, and onto the condition of God's people (living stones).... and everything else will grow.... and the other physical issues will be corrected by the staff.
 
— Russ Wright
 
"While I understand the intent behind this phrase" Expound please. What do you understand to be the intent behind that phrase?
 
— Ken
 
Thank you for this article! I'm the pastor of a small church. My gifting is in teaching and we are known for aiding Christians in becoming Biblically literate. Visitor's often comment on God's presence being very real in our services. But we just don't seem to be growing. I have some soul-searching, etc. to do and this article provides some solid ground from which to proceed. Thank you again.
 
— Jonathan Schultheis
 

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