Thirty Reasons Church Leaders Need a Coach

by | May 22, 2011 | Church Leadership

I often say that every church leader needs a coach. Below are thirty reasons the participants of Gospel Coach Training have shared:

Coaching helps to remind a leader of the Gospel
Coaching exposes a leader’s blind spots
All leaders are capable of succumbing to sin’s deception
Leaders are models for faithful obedience
Coaching is preventative maintenance for a leader
The stakes for a church leader are high
Coaching models biblical community
Coaching provides a prayer partner for the leader
Leaders can be prideful
Leaders are often lonely
Coaching is a practical means for a leader to pay careful attention to self
Coaching brings encouragement to the leader
Coaching can protect the flock from a leader’s mistakes and bad decisions
Coaching improves a leader’s perspective and objectivity
Coaching facilitates the leader’s growth and equipping
Coaching sharpens a leader’s calling
Leaders lead where they have walked themselves
Coaching is a means for intentional accountability and submission
Coaching helps a leader identify and fight arrogance
Ministry is a difficult and complicated task
Leaders in a coaching relationship model discipleship
Shepherds need shepherded
Coaching sharpens a leader’s skills and abilities
Coaching provides a safe sounding board
Coaching is fun
Coaching encourages friendship
Coaching provides affirmation for a leader’s decisions
Coaching enables personal sanctification
Coaching protects family and marital health
Coaching is a means to obtain advice from a fellow leader

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Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas is Pastor of Pastoral Development at The Journey Church in St Louis. He created the Gospel Coach Training and Certification system and has coached hundreds of pastors. Scott has served as President and Network Director of Acts 29 Network. Scott has an MA in Missional Leadership and has been married for 31 years to Jeannie, with whom he has two sons. He planted and replanted churches for 16 years as a lead pastor. Read More About Scott Thomas At His Author Page