by Robin Vaughn, Gospel Coach
Last week, 15 leaders from GA, LA, NC, CT, NY, and FL met in Atlanta for training in Gospel Coaching. I had the privilege of leading the Objectives portion of the training. Objectives are the big items that the leader believes need to be accomplished in order to achieve the God given mission.
As I was preparing, my morning Bible study took me to Hebrews 10.
10 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near...
He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
As I read these verses about sanctification, the Lord was showing me that objectives are part of the sanctification process. It became clear to me that we should not think of setting goals or objectives as just the practical part of coaching; rather, it is part of the development God uses to work out our salvation.
We are not perfect, and we will never will be in this life. But the Lord uses coaching to show us objectives we need to pursue and guide us along in this work of becoming more like Christ. This new insight changes the way I approach the act of setting objectives, because I realize it is a continuation of the redeeming work Christ does in us when we yield to him, and consider how He wants to redeem our weaknesses for His glory.
You don’t have to face challenges in church ministry alone. A CMM Gospel Coach can help guide you and your church through a process of identifying and implementing practical, measurable, gospel-focused ministry practices that sharpen the God given mission and improve the health of the local church. Learn more today about church coaching!
There is a fresh wave of church planting in New York City.
Over 20 years ago, Redeemer Presbyterian Church began what is now City to City. City to City is a ministry that serves gospel movements in global cities. This focus over the years has culminated into church plants from different denominations being started all over the city.
Yet churches in urban settings have unique challenges. The cost of living, the density and diversity of the population, and transience create obstacles that cause many of these churches to buckle. One of the ways that City to City is rising to this challenge is by providing coaches for these new church leaders to help them get through the difficult years of getting established.
CMM and City to City have been partners in New York to provide the framework and training for these coaches. As a result, 32 coaches have been trained and 16 coaches have been deployed in NYC using the methods of CMM with great results. We believe that every leader deserves a gospel-centered coach and we are providing resources and trainings that will serve the diversity of city of New York and others around the world. It is an exciting time.
Whether you are in an urban center like New York City or a rural setting in Montana, we believe that coaching can make a significant difference in your ministry. You can experience similar fruit to what we are seeing in New York.
Remember, you don’t have to face your challenges in church ministry alone. Many church leaders and pastors feel confused or discouraged about how to help their ministry thrive. The tendency during this season is to believe God must intend someone else to “take it to the next level.” Don’t walk away from your investment! Having a church coach can make a difference!
A CMM Gospel Coach can help guide you and your church through a process of identifying and implementing practical, measurable, gospel-focused ministry practices that sharpen the God given mission and improve the health of the local church.
Dr. Tom Wood
I've been in the Church Planting business my entire career. I want you to know, you don't have to plant a church alone!