What Is Ministry Coaching?
The simplest explanation is that coaching closes the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.
Coaching is a powerful relationship that will bring:
- clarity to your vision
- balance to your days, and
- renewed joy and purpose to your life and ministry
Coaching is a safe, objective place to talk about the challenges you face in ministry or in life. You’ll find that an authentic, accountable relationship with a someone who believes in you will enable you to do things you never could on your own.
Coaching is not therapy, counseling, advice-giving, discipleship, mentoring or spiritual direction. Coaching is a unique professional relationship where you will be encouraged, challenged, and inspired to think creatively and motivated to intentionally move from where you are now to where you want to be, where God wants you to be.
A coach’s job is to get you unstuck, and they do this with a number of tools, techniques, and processes designed to help you find what drives you, where you want to go, and the best way to get there.
A coach can give you support, encouragement, wisdom and accountability so that you can:
- discover what’s most important
- achieve balance
- restore joy
- eliminate or reduce obstacles
- celebrate success
- reduce your stress
- increase your energy
- manage your time
- be more focused
- love your life!
Through coaching you will rekindle hope and shines the light of God’s grace on the dreams God put into your heart. Your coach encourages you and holds you accountable, help you plan and cheer you on to become who God created you to be. And your coach always holds you up in prayer and helps keep you focus on your ideas and goals.
You’ll choose what you want to work on, the action steps you want to take and set your own pace. Your coach offers a listening ear and challenging questions that get you thinking, and provides the support and accountability you need to follow through..
Is there a commitment?
To truly see some difference you are invited to make an initial 3-month commitment to the process. Changing life habits takes time. Research suggests that to add a new habit you must practice that new habit every day for at least 3 months. Since we won’t be meeting every day, and working on strategic goals for the bigger shifts and transformations takes longer, you may want to commit to yourself that you’ll stick with it when the going gets tough.
However, it’s up to you to decide whether you are getting the benefits of coaching. If you reach your goals, you may want to take a break from coaching, or you may want to set new goals and work towards the new goals with your coach.