Coaching is a collaborative relationship which deepens understanding for the purpose of implementing more effective actions. While coaching for pastors is relatively new, the concept of coaching is not. Athletic, music, acting and fitness coaches have been encouraging and training others toward greater effectiveness for hundreds of years. Without their coaches, most of the heroes and stars of these fields would never have reached their pinnacles of effectiveness and success.
The methods used by these coaches are similar for our Ministry Advantage coaches: encouragement, specific guidance for change, objective and direct feedback, friendly accountability, training on "best practice" techniques and tools - until the next level of effectiveness for Christ is reached. Coaches never call to "just talk." Coaches explore, challenge, encourage, probe, suggest, facilitate, praise, focus, direct and stimulate, but never just talk. The goal of every coaching session is to implement specific strategies and actions that will lead your church closer to its full redemptive potential.