Tomorrow I’ll be out in Missouri to deliver our basic coach training to a conference of 70 pastors. This isn’t out of the ordinary – I spend a good part of my time training pastors and church leaders in how to use coaching skills in ministry. Yet I continue to be thrilled with the response, and this shows me the continued need for these practical skills. The group I am working with this week told me they wanted someone who not only knew about coaching and ministry, but someone who is also a trained and experienced coach – fully versed in actually using the tools.
We encourage pastors to bring along someone else from their worship community, and this is often a lay leader or church official. Almost everyone who has gone through the training – whether ordained or non-ordained – tells us how useful it is, how they wish they’d gone through it sooner, and how helpful it was to them personally – not just as a skill set for the workplace.
The other exciting thing about this week’s training is that while I’m in Missouri, another Coaching4Clergy team member will be in the UK delivering coach training to another group of pastors.
Every pastor, ministry staff and church leader a coach.