A couple of years ago, I was invited to participate in a coaching program. I had never done anything like it before, but felt compelled to give it a try. It was an investment of time and money. The cost was approximately $235 a month for the year. Each month, I was required to read, write, engage with a monthly session online and participate in an hour long phone call.
Intentional, outside coaching changed me. I began a new a discipline of reading and writing each day. I started a few new initiatives in our church that have stuck. Following the season of coaching, I increased ministry through the Tim Price / Harvest Blog. I’ve had a better schedule and better time management. I have continued coaching in some form ever since.
This fall, we are adding a new follow up coaching component to The Well (a seminar and gathering for local church youth workers and children’s ministry leaders).
Coaching is not a magic formula, but it’s accountability. It requires us to work on our ministries and not just in them. It requires us to take ownership of our leadership weaknesses and work to improve the systems that will be beneficial to the long term health of our ministries.
Both volunteer and paid leaders can benefit from coaching. I am inviting pastors and church leaders to encourage their student ministry leaders and children’s ministry leaders to attend The Well this fall.
Through a partnership with Ministry Architects, Nashville, TN, we have added a five month coaching opportunity to The Well. The five monthly follow up phone conversations will pertain to the topics at The Well and then the other conversations will relate to your particular ministry context.
Coaching often helps us get unstuck.
It will be motivational.
It does cost a bit more to register for this year’s Well event – but hopefully, your church will cover your cost as they invest in you as a leader. It will be beneficial. It will be worth it.
If you have any questions, let me know!