Friday, March 15, 2013
By Scott Thomas
A church planter's life can get pretty lonely. Even the best can unintentionally paint themselves into a corner due to how many new situations they face. This is why the most successful planters need a coach. A good coach can save planting pastors a ton of time and heartache.
Here are 30 reasons why you should consider finding yourself a planting coach:
1. Coaching helps to remind a leader of the Gospel.
2. Coaching exposes a leader's blind spots.
3. All leaders are capable of succumbing to sin's deception.
4. Leaders are models for faithful obedience.
5. Coaching is preventative maintenance for a leader.
6. The stakes for a church leader are high.
7. Coaching models biblical community.
8. Coaching provides a prayer partner for the leader.
9. Leaders can be prideful.
10. Leaders are often lonely.
11. Coaching is a practical means for a leader to pay careful attention to self.
12. Coaching brings encouragement to the leader.
13. Coaching can protect the flock from a leader’s mistakes and bad decisions.
14. Coaching improves a leader's perspective and objectivity.
15. Coaching facilitates the leader's growth and equipping
16. Coaching sharpens a leader's calling.
17. Leaders lead where they have walked themselves.
18. Coaching is a means for intentional accountability and submission.
19. Coaching helps a leader identify and fight arrogance.
20. Ministry is a difficult and complicated task.
21. Leaders in a coaching relationship model discipleship.
22. Shepherds need to be shepherded.
23. Coaching sharpens a leader's skills and abilities.
24. Coaching provides a safe sounding board.
25. Coaching is fun.
26. Coaching encourages friendship.
27. Coaching provides affirmation for a leader's decisions.
28. Coaching enables personal sanctification.
29. Coaching protects family and marital health.
30. Coaching is a means to obtain gospel reflections from a fellow leader.
Scott Thomas is the President of Acts 29 Network and Pastor of Global Church at Mars Hill Church. Scott has been a pastor for 30 years—first as a youth pastor and then as a lead pastor and church planter/church replanter for 16 years.