By Jim Moon, Jr.
Finally! You worked your way up to top level leadership. This is what you've worked for and always wanted, right? How does it feel to be at the top of the org chart? In many ways, if you're geared for high level leadership, it is great!
As a coach, I have conversations with top leaders in their organizations or churches. If you are a top leader, you know one other common feeling is loneliness.
Loneliness make sense for two reasons.
1. On your way up, you were a leader among peers. You likely were a good team player and led within the rank and file. Many other people shared a similar perspective on the organization. You had access to collaborators and sounding boards. And you didn't have to make the tough calls.
But now you are the church planter. Or the pastor. Or the president. Who is your peer? Nobody. Who has to set the direction and make tough calls? You. Just you.
2. No way to practice top leadership. The skills developed within an organization are different than the skills necessary for guiding leadership. You just don't know exactly what you need to know until you need to know.
A gospel coach can help pastors, leaders and church planters develop skills for top leadership while you are a top leader. The relationship is confidential, so a top leader can honestly confess weakness and struggle to someone outside of the supervisory structure in the organization.
If you are planting a church, starting a revitalization work in an existing church or tackling a new job in a not-for-profit, don't be foolish and try to lead without a coach. Everyone needs a coach. Everyone needs the gospel.
by Jim Moon, Jr.
Before it became a meme and part of the urban dictionary, the phrase, "large and in charge" was a compliment for a leader. Generally, it still is when used in books and pop culture. By wiktionary's account, it means a leader who is 'dominating or controlling a situation with confidence and aplomb.' Are you a large and in charge leader?
If you are, large and in charge leaders must form and work as a team. Gospel Coaching helps leaders like you overcome three challenges:
1. Leaders like you think team members are like them. I've made this mistake. Just because you are committed and focused doesn't automatically transfer to potential team players. Your team players have different drives, capacities, priorities, gifts and personalities. Leader, how well do you know yourself and your team?
I was coaching one strong key leader and it was clear that he expected everyone to have the same level of intensity and clarity that he possessed. Even though he is a pastor, he didn't want to be bothered with people who weren't on the same page. This can lead to frustration on everyone's part. Gospel coaching has transformed him.
2. Leaders like you assume that telling someone how to do something is delegating. Not so. Delegating has at least two steps between giving directions and having a responsibility delegated well. Many times in ministry, leaders skip two vital steps. You must coach and encourage your team players.
Consider how you were trained. If you went to school formally, you will tend to make everything a class and assume that knowledge equals ability. If you want to train more disciples and leaders, you have to learn a new skill, which takes practice and repetition and encouragement from an experienced coach.
3. Leaders like you don't know what to look for in team players. It takes a certain amount of wisdom and assessment to discern who should be on a ministry team. Patrick Lencioni says an ideal team player is humble, hungry, and smart. All three are important.
If you are a leader and you want to evangelize and disciple more people, you need a Gospel Coach who is going to work through how to recruit, train and lead a team.
At CMM, we believe every pastor, church planter, ministry leader, and missionary is created to thrive in ministry and they deserve to have a Gospel Coach alongside them as they do ministry.
No matter what leadership role you have, we suggest getting a CMM C.R.O.S.S. Gospel Coach to help walk with you through the challenges you’ve never faced before. A Gospel Coach will help encourage and equip you every step along the way.
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!