A common request of pastors is to find help in being the leader God called them to be, and to raise up leaders. Maybe you identify with one or both of those. You feel the weight of the role you have and are not sure which way you should go. Or you know what you are supposed to do, you just do not know how to train up the emerging leaders around you.
In his book, Christian Coaching, Gary Collins suggested, “Coaching is the key element in producing good leaders. To be a good leader you must be a good coach. And to be a good coach you must recognize that coaching is a significant form of leadership.”
We have found that to be a true-ism. Pastors and ministry leaders who engage with a coach can mitigate the effects of struggles within the church both in being a leader and developing leaders around you. But not just any coach.
If you are trying to develop a Christ-centered, gospel-saturated and missionally focused church, with gospel saturated leaders, you can ill afford to rely on non-theological, humanistic, methodologically driven approach to coaching.
Two main things to consider are that:
C.R.O.S.S. coaching is an intentional gospel conversation with focused discussions about the leader’s Relational, Personal, Missional and Spiritual life.
Through C.R.O.S.S. Gospel Coaching we impart encouragement, skill, and gospel renewal dynamics to the leader in order to minister in a Gospel-Centered church, in the context of a friendship.
A Gospel Approach
We believe the Gospel not only has power but it is power and solution to every coaching issue presented. In life, God the Father through the Spirit relates to us in a multi-dimensional way. He has not confined himself to only giving directions or asking questions. He uses and applies the gospel by his Spirit, in various ways, as the circumstances may demand. Sometimes he Directs, using commands and exhortation yet, sometimes He Instructs us, as our Teacher. He often poses questions to our hearts while other times he Explains to us the why and clarifies the heart issue we face.
Since the Gospel is the solution to every problem/issue:
What benefit is there for the pastor, church planter, or ministry leader to consider the entire narrative of Gospel Story as influencing the ongoing health and well-being of the Church?
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.
Learn more about Gospel Coaching today!
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!