Blog – What Makes Coaching Christian?
To function well on a team takes maturity. The Apostle Paul agrees: He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train Christ’s followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son,
As part of my job, I listen to a lot of coaching, and I heard something the other day that grabbed my attention. The coach asked the textbook question, “What do you want to work on today?” The client shared dire physical circumstances. The situation was precarious, and the danger was real and present.
All my clients have one thing in common: they are human. They aren’t necessarily in need of new ideas, better time management, or even a well-designed plan, as much as they need presence, partnership, and purpose. Before I go into how to coach around these three areas, let me provide a brief overview of
The esteemed 20th-century Baptist preacher John Claypool once preached a sermon titled “God is an Amateur.” He used the word “amateur” in the original sense of the word: not as a novice or inexperienced person, but one who does something for the love of it. God’s only motivation is love. My vision – indeed
James, the brother of Jesus, wrote: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you. – James 5:16 The goal of confession is healing, and the means to healing is confessing. This is an intimate interaction that must be handled delicately. While the coach doesn’t formally hear confessions,
Perhaps the deepest driving principle for me and the rest of the CAM leadership team is this: coaching is a way of joining God as God works in the lives of other people. In other words, coaching is ministry. I believe this principle to be true, whether coaching occurs in a ministry setting, a
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