Coaching Lessons from Easter Weekend

“It may feel like Friday, but Sunday’s a-coming!” – Tony Campolo As we continue to look towards the Scriptures for coaching inspiration, today we land on the story of the resurrection in Luke 24. There are three days over the Easter weekend. Friday, when all hope feels lost, Saturday, where we just don’t know, and […]

Jesus Knew All About Direct Communication

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.” […]

How Psalm 139 Shows Us Our Greatness

The Scriptures hold many powerful coaching lessons, and we’re exploring some of them this month on the blog. Consider Psalm 139, which talks about how well God knows us, from before we were ever born. And at the end of the verse, David invites God to “search me, test me, know my thoughts,” because he […]

Coaching Your Way Through the Scriptures – The Man by the Pool of Bethesda

As we’re in the high holy season of the calendar, I thought it was a good time to look to the Scriptures for our coaching lessons. The pool of Bethesda had healing properties and people gathered there to cure their ailments. In John 5:6 we learn that Jesus visited the pool and saw a paralyzed […]

Accountability Shows You Have Faith in Your Clients

Today we have more accountability lessons from our trainers, this time from Skip Grover, who writes:   One of the most important things about coaching is that it creates accountability – a tool for measuring actions taken and a method of reporting on learning from the coaching session. Here are some of the things I […]

Accountability: A Healthy Bumper and Not a Club

To continue this month’s discussion about keeping people accountable, here are some thoughts about accountability from our newly appointed regional coach training directors. First up is Kay Kotan, Midwest USA Regional Training Director   Accountability: A Healthy Bumper and Not a Club   Many church leaders are sometimes leery merely thinking about holding anyone accountable. […]


  Coaches and ministry leaders share the honored role of “goal-tending” for the people they work with. Yet many have expressed concerns to me about how to keep people accountable for making the changes needed to achieve their goals.   Accountability has three phases. First is brainstorming, when a person or group of people open […]

Accountability Requires Action

  As a minister or leader committed to helping people create lasting change, you may wonder what it takes to keep people accountable. I suggest a three-phase approach, with the first step being to brainstorm from a fresh perspective on the problem, issue or situation.   Once you’ve finished brainstorming with the person or group, […]

How to Keep Others Accountable

 A recurring theme from people in coach training sessions is around action and accountability. It’s easy for them to see people having “ah-hah” moments as a result of coaching but they wonder, “Does change really happen?” and, “What can I do as a coach or leader to keep people accountable?” Maybe you’ve wondered the same […]

Coach, Ask Thyself!

As a coach, powerful questioning will be one of the most important tools in your kit. But when’s the last time YOU experienced a powerful question? If you’re like me, you might get caught up in the doing of life, and giving to others, and forget to ask yourself the same powerful questions you’re asking […]

Powerful Question Fortune Cookies

At a recent coach training in the UK, the participants were thrilled to discover Appendix B, A Year of Questions, in the book Change Your Questions, Change Your Church. They had wondered how they were going to be able to think of powerful questions during their coaching sessions, and appreciated having this resource to refer […]

The Trouble With Powerful Questions

The history of humanity changed when a single question changed; when we stopped asking, “How do we get to the water?” and started asking, “How do we get the water to us?” When I first heard that statement, it stopped me cold as I immediately saw the power of coaching at work. In ministry, particularly, […]

Sell the Problem

Most leaders try to sell a solution or answer, when what we really need to do is sell the problem. Human nature dictates that most people will resist if someone just tells them what to do. We want to be included in the process, and really understand what’s going on behind the scenes. Once people […]

Recognizing the Difference Between Change and Transition

Exciting news! Ministry 3.0 is officially on sale now from the Coaching4Clergy website. It’s an anthology of coaching stories from 18 contributing authors who are using coaching in ministry settings. My purpose behind the book was to put a tool in people’s hands as they create a coaching culture. As I train and mentor pastors and […]

Coaching Pastors and Churches through Transition and Change

In a section of our upcoming coaching book, Ministry 3.0: How Today’s Church Leaders are using Coaching to Transform Ministry, we explore how coaching helped pastors and congregations get through periods of major change and transition, including the development of multi-church sites and new church sites. In one chapter, Ed Hale describes how through a […]

Stressless Preaching – Coaching Makes it Possible!

One of the sections of Ministry 3.0, Coaching4Clergy’s newest coaching book, focuses on how coaching can provide practical help to pastors in their daily and weekly responsibilities. And what is a bigger responsibility than delivering the weekly sermon? Sadly, this opportunity to teach and inspire their community can be an overwhelming source of stress for […]

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 […]

A Coach for a Coach

I have conversations almost every single day about the value of coaching. And so of course I need to model that in my own life and business. While I get plenty of coaching in practice sessions with students and associate coaches, I recently hired a dedicated coach for my business. Wow, I had forgotten how […]