Blog – Working as a Ministry Coach
Coaching belongs in the church. Why? Because coaching is a way of caring for souls. What does it mean to provide soul care? Rather than give my own definition, let me go back, way back, to 1538 and Martin Bucer’s work Concerning the True Care of Souls. Bucer, who was a mentor to Calvin
Discipleship is a boring word for the Christian adventure. You don’t need discipled if you’re not doing anything interesting. My definition of a Christian is a person who is following the Living Christ. It is important to note that the Living Christ is always on the move, wandering into dangerous areas and befriending broken
One thing that initially attracted me to coaching was its application for spiritual growth. Coaching is a powerful tool for helping people grow stronger as they live out the Christian life and part of this power stems from the fact that coaching naturally makes space for what might be called “both/and thinking.” Instead of
When I first learned about coaching, I was not in love with the concept. At the time, I was on staff with a large denomination and we had a history of “flavor-of-the-month” training programs, each of which was sure to be the magical missing ingredient for ushering in God’s kingdom. (Yawn!) So, as I heard
It happens so casually. One moment I’m talking to my husband, Brian and the next moment I hear, “Honey, if you could imagine the best possible outcome to this situation, what would it be?” Wait a minute, where did my husband go? He was sitting here just a second ago, and now my coach is
What’s the last real disagreement you had with someone? Maybe it was a disagreement over politics, or football. Maybe it was the politics of football. Perhaps you disagreed on the vision of your church, the strategy your team should take at work, what kind of vehicle to buy (avoid the minivan!), or how best to
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