“Everyone needs a coach”…that’s a bold statement! Everyone? Well, if you are someone who believes that God has created you for His purpse and your desire is to move forward and complete God’s plan and goals for your life, then a Christian coach can help you get there. Why is a coaching relationship so important to achievement?
The term “coach” comes from the transportation era of stagecoaches and rail coaches in which the “coach” literally transported a person from one place to another. In today’s context, a coach is a person who initiates an ongoing conversation that benefits the other person and moves them forward through discovery, learning, and creating a doable action plan.
I like Robert E. Logan’s definition of coaching: “Coaching is the process of coming alongside a person or team to help them discover God’s agenda for their life and ministry, and then cooperating with the Holy Spirit to see that agenda become a reality.” Logan’s definition of coaching not only reflects the core values of a good coach but also the intrinsic value of having a coach:
- A coach comes alongside you…not behind to push nor ahead to lead…and is an encouraging and supportive partner.
- A coach will ask powerful questions to evoke insight, discovery, and understanding into what God is doing in your life.
- A coach’s concern is for your welfare, your mission, your agenda, and your goals.
- A coach will prompt you to enlist the help of the Holy Spirit to reveal, direct, and empower His plan for your life.
- A coach can assist you in turning your dreams and possibilities into reality with a step by step action plan designed by you.
- A coach will help you to address three questions: Where am I? Where do I want to go? How will I get there?
The goal of coaching is to help someone succeed and true success is to discover what God wants you to do and then do it. Coaches aid that process, but they don’t direct it. Coaching is not about telling others what to do; it’s about helping them explore and discover it for themselves.
If you would like to know more about Christian coaching, please visit my website at www.youneedcoaching.com
.-Danny Kirk, BMAA Director of Coaching Network