So What is Coaching?
Here is a quick definition of coaching that I pulled off of MCI’s website. I feel like it capsulizes the essence of coaching.
“Coaching is a one-on-one relationship focused on life and leadership transformation. While it includes all the benefits of counseling, mentoring and accountability, coaching is more holistic. MCI’s coaching engages the Holy Spirit and applies a systematic approach to achieve success in one’s spiritual life, personal discipline, leadership advancement, optimum health and priority management.” (Ministry Coaching International)
My Journey Into Coaching
I sensed for a few years that I needed help in taking my personal and leadership growth to the next level but really did not know how to go about it. I read books and arranged more one-on-one time with others but I soon discovered that I needed a more structured approach from someone who provided the framework and time to move me forward with my personal development, ministry goals and vision.
So I considered coaching.
Honestly, when I first entertained the idea of professional coaching I resisted. Paying for a coach sounded like “I needed professional help” and a probable waste of money. Though I resisted coaching the Holy Spirit nudged me forward. As a result, I started researching and praying about personal coaching.
In my research, I discovered that many Pastors, ministry leaders and top CEO’s have coaches. I was quite shocked. So many of these leaders attributed much of their success in ministry, business, family and personal life to coaching.
I also discovered that our extended church family at Bethel Church, Redding is using a coaching program for staff and leaders. I dialogued with the churches Executive Staff team about the use and benefits of coaching. Key Executive Staff members are certified coaches and are bringing oversight to coaching within the church and ministry school.
Many of these leaders would not commit both time and money (both precious resources) to something that is not beneficial to themselves and those they lead.
I felt confident the Lord was leading me into some kind of coaching program. To top things off, right at the point of making the decision to pursue coaching our official denominational ministry magazine, “Enrichment” focused an entire publication on coaching and the need for ministry leaders having a coach and leading a coaching program. I felt this was a prophetic confirmation to give it a try.
Results From Being in the MCI Coaching Program
I am now entering my ninth month in the year long coaching program. I would have to say that coaching has exceeded my expectations. I will share more of my coaching journey in future posts.
7 Reasons Why I Strongly Recommend Coaching
I jotted down seven reasons why I recommend coaching based on my own experience.
- Coaching provides a framework to leverage your strengths and develop and maximize your leadership gifts.
- Coaching provides an outside perspective from people who have “been there”.
- Coaching provides a direct approach to eliminate blind spots and receive expert counsel, direction and encouragement.
- Coaching provides a listening ear.
- Coaching instills confidence.
- Coaching provides clarity and focus.
- Coaching is proven in many ministry leaders lives.
If you have been thinking and praying about coaching consider MCI or other coaching organizations. If you have any questions or just need further information just ask. I will keep you updated on the journey and let you in on what I am learning and some of the coaching tools I am using that I think will benefit you.
Any comments you want to share about this post? Have you ever considered personal coaching? How do you think personal coaching can impact your life and ministry? Do you know of anyone who has benefited from coaching?