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!
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!