Coaching: Like a Trampoline

I watched the trampoline competition during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. This was the first time I had seen this event and I have to admit that I was a little skeptical when I first heard about it. I thought to myself, “Really? Come on! Jumping on a trampoline is an olympic sport? No way!”

Then I actually watched what they do. I was amazed to say the least.

If you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to watch this short video of Dong Dong in the men’s finals.

Dong Dong of China won the Olympic Gold!

After watching this competition, I immediately thought of the trampoline as a parallel to coaching.

What does the trampoline actually do? It launches olympic athletes into the air to perform amazing feats. There is absolutely no way any of those who competed in this event could have done anything even close to amazing without the trampoline.

This is what I do as I coach leaders!
1. I launch them to amazing heights.
2. I enable them to accomplish amazing feats.
3. I realize my coaching is critical to a leader’s success.
4. I don’t take the glory.
5. I simply do my part so leaders can do their part.

If you want to reach new heights and accomplish amazing feats – get yourself a coach!

Today’s Missional Challenge

Recognize how working with a coach will launch you in such a way that you accomplish something truly amazing!


Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer and strategist – and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. His training skills have been used to mobilize church planters, pastors and ministry leaders across the country and around the world. Missional Challenge partners together with churches, networks and denominations to advance disciplemaking movements globally.With 25+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches. He created The Multiplication Cycle™ to assist church planters to start churches by making disciples. He has trained and coached hundreds of coaches and church planters across the United States and internationally.Dave has been coaching pastors and church planters for more than ten years. His experience in church multiplication led to his doctorate in transformational leadership at Bakke Graduate University. He also received a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary and graduated from Biola University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
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