Jesus Knew All About Direct Communication

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This month we’re exploring some of the many powerful coaching lessons found in the Scriptures. In Matthew 4:18-20, Jesus comes upon Peter and his brother Andrew as they were fishing. Jesus calls them to follow him and “fish for people.”

Talk about direct communication! Jesus gives an invitation that’s direct and succinct, “Come, follow me.” Students of our coach training programs are usually pretty excited about learning how to ask more powerful questions, but they’re not always as interested in the lessons about direct communication.

This example from Jesus reminds us just how valuable it is to be direct. At once, Peter and Andrew followed him. They didn’t need to ponder, or think about it. They were ready.

Our churches, our communities are just full of people who are waiting to be asked and invited, waiting to receive this kind of direct communication – where there is nothing standing between them and the decision to follow.

What is the invitation that others around you need to hear? And how you can remove anything standing in the way of their decision to act?

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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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