How Do You Switch Hats When You’re a Pastor and a Coach?

Have you heard about the newest coaching book from Coaching4Clergy? It’s called Ministry 3.0: How Today’s Church Leaders are using Coaching to Transform Ministry. It’s an anthology of stories from pastors, church leaders and coaches who are using coaching in ministry settings in a rich variety of fascinating ways.

Over the next four weeks, I’ll share a sneak peek of some of these stories, along with my own personal reflections. You’ll be able to buy your own copy of this must-have coaching resource in the fall.

One of the book’s sections is devoted to coaching for leadership and team development. This is a particularly important topic for us here at Coaching4Clergy, since we are one of the official training providers for the executive pastors of the National Association of Church Business Administration® (NACBA®).

Darrell Roland was one of the contributing authors to this section, and his chapter is about his experience of internal coaching as an executive pastor. I love that this chapter addresses a question we hear in almost every training session, “I have so many different roles in my church. How do I switch hats and coach the people I work with?” Darrell describes exactly how he successfully does that. One of his points was that having a trusting relationship through his role as executive pastor eased the transition into a coaching relationship.

He also writes about seizing the coaching opportunities where they are. “It is rare that I set a ‘coaching appointment,’” he writes, “Yet there are often connection times.” I call this “hallway coaching,” and it’s a staple for a coach in any setting.

Watch for my next three posts about other stories in the Ministry 3.0 anthology. I’ll highlight a chapter from the remaining sections about practical help for pastors, coaching through major change and transition, and creating a larger coaching culture.

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