Earlier this week, about 50 people from our church got together to say goodbye to friends moving out of town.
Deb has been the director for our Sunday morning kids' environment in our church for several years. A phenomenal leader, she organized the work and made life infinitely easier for all of our leaders and volunteers.
She and Josh are also close personal friends. Our families spend time together over meals, board games (Pandemic), and have watched more than our fair share of WWE pay-per-views together. This is where I need to point out that Deb and Josh are both scientists...so you know what to do with your snarky comments about wrestling fans :-)
They're leaving town because Josh is the new volleyball coach at Troy University (Go Trojans!). We all knew it was a matter of time before Josh became a head coach - he's a fantastic recruiter and does a great job creating a culture where individually gifted athletes become a great team.
What Do Coaches Do? They Coach.
Last night after most people left, a few of us hung around for a few more hours. No one wanted the night to end because - promises to stay in touch and visit aside - we all knew this was the last sentence on the last page of a fantastic chapter in our lives.
We ended up with the women at one table and the men at another table. At one point during a discussion about strength and conditioning, one of the men made an observation about which muscles were critical for success in an outside hitter (this is the SPIKE part of the bump-set-spike rhythm of volleyball most of us are familiar with).
Did I tell you that Josh is a scientist? Seriously, dude played football in college and then was a real life chemist before getting into coaching volleyball. So conversations about kinesiology geek him out.
Didn't take long for Josh to be in full-on demonstration mode, talking about the importance of core rotation and telling a story about an adjustment he made with one of his hitters. Extremely talented but often injured (because of poor swing mechanics), Josh walked us through how he changed her mechanics (more rotation), producing greater velocity with less strain on her shoulder.
In other words, he coached her. He put her in a position to be more successful and more healthy than she had been without him.
When Pastors Need Coaches During The Summer
As we get into the summer, you might feel like you're at a crossroads. We all want to thrive as pastors but our work is hard, and we do stupid stuff that hurts. So talented leaders with good intentions end up hobbled - and if the statistics are true, a lot of us aren't going to make it to the end.
You may have heard someone say that every pastor needs a coach. Any questions why this is true? You weren't made to navigate the complexities of ministry on your own - and a great coach comes alongside you to help you run faithfully for the long haul.
That's why I'm launching a summer coaching program for pastors and ministry leaders.
The #1 obstacle that I see pastors face when summer rolls around is confusion.
It’s that feeling of being stuck.
Tell me if any of this sounds familiar:
Should my work rhythm change during the summer?
How do I help our church not lose momentum during the summer?
What projects should I work on during the summer?
What do we need to do as a church during the summer to be ready for the fall?
How do I take time during the summer to improve my health (mentally, physically, relationally, spiritually)?
How do I help leaders develop during the summer, with all the chaos that vacations do to our schedules?
Is Coaching Right For You?
You might be thinking that coaching isn't your thing. It might work for other people but your situation and circumstances are too unique for someone to walk in your shoes.
I'll let you in on a secret. A great coach doesn't have experience in every situation faced by a client. What makes a coach great is not that they've been there before, but that they have a framework for helping you navigate the complexities of your life and ministry.
Not sure you need a coach for an entire year? I created this program for anyone who isn't looking for a long-term relationship but could use someone in their corner over the summer.
Here's what happens in the program:
- We talk for an hour once a month for three months:
- In June, we work together to set goals for the summer and develop an action plan.
- In July, we review your progress and make adjustments to your action plan.
- In August, we review your progress and based on your results, we create your action plan for the fall
- Between sessions, you have unlimited text and email access to me.
Ready To Make The Most out Of Your Summer?
There are only 5 spots available.
First come, first served.
The cost is $150 per month for three months.
If you want to get clarity and jump-start your church for the summer, this is exactly what you need.
PS: This program is NOT for everyone. If your first response is “$150! I could never afford that!” then you are not ready.
3 Things For You
Book of the Week - Reading The Bible Supernaturally by John Piper
Dr. Piper's latest shows us what he does best - painting a God-glorifying, white-hot worshipping, nations-reaching picture of the vital importance of Bible reading. I found his process for preparing to read the Bible both practical and helpful.
But he would have served us well by tightening up and simplifying his reading plan. I simply can't give this to the men I'm discipling and expect them to walk away with a simple plan for reading the Bible.
Recommended because it will deepen your desire to read the Bible. But you'll have to turn elsewhere if you're looking for a step-by-step plan for reading.
Tools I Use - Kershaw Brawler Folding Knife
Every man needs a durable, all-purpose knife. Pick one up for yourself and make this your go-to gift for friends, staff members, your sons, etc.
This Week's Resource - The Ultimate Sermon Workshop
On Thursday, June 1st at 2pm Eastern, I'm hosting a FREE online workshop to show you what it takes to consistently plan, prepare and deliver life-changing sermons. We all know that only God can change lives, but there's a particular way to preach that puts people in the best possible position to be changed by God.
So if you want to see lives changed (who doesn't?) and if you want to preach those kind of sermons consistently, then sign up for the workshop, get it on your calendar, and show up ready to think differently about the way you plan, prepare and deliver sermons.