Get a Coach!

“If the boat misses the harbor,it’s seldom the harbor’s fault.”

Where are you headed?

How will you get there?

Who can help you?

Great leaders are aware of the value of finding others who can help them reach their goals.

A New York Times article this week notes,
Professionals enlist coaches to accelerate their careers, getting help with things like making decisions, cultivating a presence and achieving self-awareness. (read more)

Why? Because they realize that a coach will help them reach the next level of success and enable them to attain their goals.

Pastor Rick Warren observes,
No matter what stage you are in your ministry, you need someone to coach you.

All sorts of organizations use the mentoring process to make people better at what they do. In medicine, doctors mentor younger doctors. In music, musicians mentor other musicians. Why? It works. We learn best when we have people who can speak into our lives and ministry. Proverbs 19:20 says, “Get all the advice you can and be wise the rest of your life.”

I will always need a coach – no matter how old I get or how successful I become. (read more)

I don’t care how brilliant you are, how influential you are, or how intentional you are! You will always attain more with others who are there to help you.

If you don’t have a coach in your life — find one who is trained and qualified to make sure your boat doesn’t miss the harbor!

Today’s Missional Challenge

Know where you are headed. Know how to get there. Find someone to help you.

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
2 replies
  1. Chris Jefferies
    Chris Jefferies says:

    I have a couple of thoughts on this, Dave.

    It's so important to have the right goals, not our own but those that Jesus himself sets for us. Good coaching towards wrong goals will not help us.

    And the second point is that there are formal coaches, people we identify and invite to help us on our journey. But there are also informal coaches, friends who guide and encourage us. I think we are often unaware of those informal coaches in our lives.

    What do you think of these ideas? Is formal coaching better than informal? Do we need both? And how do we identify right goals?

  2. Dr. Dave DeVries
    Dr. Dave DeVries says:

    Thanks Chris for your comment.

    When it comes to living a life on mission, the goal is to follow Jesus and His mission. He sent every believer on a mission to make disciples so disciplemaking is central to following Jesus.

    You are right that "good coaching towards wrong goals will not help us." As I coach leaders, part of my responsibility is to help them to listen to the Holy Spirit and to follow His leading and direction. If a coach doesn't do this and help others to do this, we will end up with Proverbs 14:12.

    Both formal coaching and informal coaching can be helpful. Watching the Olympics this week I believe that those who have received medals benefited greatly from formal coaches. I think leaders benefit greatly from coaches who are trained in core coaching competencies. I wouldn't want an incompetent doctor; neither would I want an incompetent coach.

    I don't believe just anyone can coach. God has gifted leaders to lead, and preachers to preach, yet great leaders and preachers devote themselves to developing and improving their skills. Excellent coaches are those who devote themselves to developing and improving their skills.

    Informal coaches are helpful and necessary, but their impact is not the same as formal coaches.

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