Imagine how your effectiveness, determination and motivation will increase when someone works with you on an ongoing basis to help you achieve more!
Today as I worked with a group of leaders who were considering how to advance a coaching culture within their organization, they committed themselves to teach their teams the value of coaching and to encourage them to ask for coaching!
Most denominations offer coaching for their church planters. Many require that every church planter must have a coach. Some even pay for the first year of coaching. If your church or organization provides coaching and you don’t have a coach, seek it out. Ask for it!
If you are part of an organization, denomination, mission agency, church, or network that doesn’t provide coaching, why not ask for coaching?
By asking for coaching you will demonstrate your desire to reach your goals. And you will also convey that you are not so arrogant as to think you have all the answers or don’t need any help.
Rick Warren recently noted on pastors.com:
“I will always need a coach – no matter how old I get or how successful I become. Lebron James is one of the best basketball players on the planet. He still needs a coach. You will never get to a point in your life when you can say, “I’ve learned it all. I don’t need anybody else to help me.”
Andy Stanley writes in Next Generation Leader:
“You will never maximize your potential in any area without coaching. It is impossible. You may be good. You may even be better than everyone else. But without outside input you will never be as good as you could be. We all do better wend somebody is watching and evaluating.”
Ed Stetzer writes:
“Church planters who meet with a coach weekly led churches that were more than twice the size of churches whose planters did not….One reason for the effectiveness of coaching is the emphasis it places on relationship over programming.”
Note: If your organization doesn’t provide coaching, consider how you can influence leadership to see the value of coaching. Here are two articles to pass on: The Power of Coaching and The Value of Coaching