How to Generate Enthusiasm in Your Church

I wrote previously about how excited we are at Coaching4Clergy to be working with more seminary students. And the feeling seems to be mutual. In fact, at a recent Basic Coach Training, the students stopped us partway through to ask: “Can’t we do the next level of coach training any sooner than October?”

Are you getting those kinds of enthusiastic responses to your church programs? If not, why not?

In our case, it was obvious that the timing was right. So what are the timeliest and most relevant topics you could be building your church programs around? What are people in your community thinking, talking and worrying about?

What would be important enough to your congregation that they would see it on the schedule and ask, “Can we do that program any sooner?”

If you don’t have answers to those questions, I encourage you to find out. Listen to what people are saying. Listen to what they aren’t saying. ASK people what they’re concerned about and what they’re interested in.

You could do a formal survey, sit down for interviews, have a committee make phone calls, catch a few people each week after services – or all of the above!

Another clue from our own success is enthusiasm. At Coaching4Clergy we are thrilled about the potential that coach training has to transform the entire faith community. So what are you excited about that might be contagious in your church?

And remember, it’s okay if you don’t personally feel passion for a particular topic. This is the perfect opportunity to delegate to a team member who does feel it.

P.S. If people are asking for something – do everything you can to deliver it. We were happy to adjust our schedule and deliver the next level of coach training to these seminary students in May instead of October.

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J. Val Hastings

J. Val Hastings, MCC, is the Founder and President of Coaching4Clergy, which provides specialized training for pastors, church leaders and coaches. Val is the author of the book The Next Great Awakening: How to Empower God’s People with a Coach Approach to Ministry and the e-book The E3-Church: Empowered, Effective and Entrepreneurial Leadership That Will Keep Your Church Alive. Val currently holds the designation of Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, the highest coaching designation.

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