By Dave Whitehead
I’ll never forget planting a church in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, NY. It was an exhilarating, exhausting, and terrifying experience. The pressures that accompany urban church planting can be crushing, and no leader should face those pressures alone like I did in those early years.
Whether in an urban, suburban or rural context, helping the leader manage the constant pressures of church planting is what motivates me as a Gospel Coach for CMM. Every leader who is pioneering church work needs a person who understands the dynamics of church planting, yet who is not intimately involved in the details of that particular project. The turbulent waters of change can easily cause a church leader to lose sight of the goal of their plant.
This is also true for leaders who are stepping into times of church transition. Renewing an established church requires different skill sets than church planting. Succession of church leadership is often filled with challenges that can derail even the best-laid plans. Leaders become aware of their insufficiencies in these circumstances and that’s why Gospel Coaching is vital to help them stay true to the vision that God has given them.
Gospel Coaching can expose the leader to perspectives that are critical to the health of the church and the leader’s personal life. I have found that Gospel Coaching is a key element in the ability of any church leader and their network to stay spiritually vibrant while they maintain their forward motion.
Because of CMM, church leaders now have access to a trained Gospel Coach who can help them succeed in their endeavors. To me, Coaching is a good strategic move. Now leaders don’t have to face the struggles of their vision alone. They have someone who can help them see the next step forward while staying centered in the gospel.
Because it’s not how we start that counts as much as how we finish.
At CMM, we believe every pastor, church planter, and ministry leader is created to thrive in ministry. We suggest getting a C.R.O.S.S. Gospel Coach to help walk with you through the challenges you’ve never faced before. You don’t have to plant a church alone. A C.R.O.S.S. 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!