'Who's coaching you?'
I've asked this question to most of my friends who are pastors. Sometimes I'm helping them untangle a mess in their church. Other times I'm testing my research as both a pastor and a performance coach.
Among pastors who lead large-to-mid-sized churches, 8 out of 10 do not have a coach. In smaller churches, that number is closer to 9 out of 10. In church plants, a decade of encouragement has created inroads towards coaching - 6 out of 10 planters do not have a coach.
But I'm not concerned about them, for the moment.
Let's talk about you.
If you have a coach, I'm sure you'll join me in singing their praises. In fact, I'd love for you to leave a comment below and tell the rest of us who your coach is and how they've helped you.
If you don't have a coach, I want to share something with you that I've picked up over the past few years of coaching hundreds of pastors and church leaders
6 Bad Reasons Good Pastors Don't Have A Coach
- Good pastors look for silver bullets. Most pastors devour content (books, conferences, websites, blogs, etc.) looking for a breakthrough idea. The truth is that breakthrough happens most consistently when you take what you already know and put it into action.
- Good pastors look for experience. Most pastors think that what they need in a coach is someone who has already been where they are, achieved success and is now enjoying life further down the road. The truth is that coaching is a skill set that doesn't even require someone to be a pastor to be successful. I'll come back to this in a second...
- Good pastors are convinced their situation is unique. Most pastors assume that the circumstances surrounding their challenges - the people and the problem - have not been dealt with before. The truth is that while no two situations are identical, there are consistent patterns that a good coach can help identify.
- Good pastors are convinced their team is the problem. Most pastors pursue coaching for their team before they ever consider it for themselves. The truth is that if you are the lead pastor or senior minister of a church, every problem in your church is ultimately your problem.
- Good pastors think coaching is expensive. Most pastors hear about the investment people make in executive coaches - often exceeding five figures - and assume there is no way they can afford a coach. The truth is that options exist at practically every level of investment you could make.
- Good pastors think they don't need any help. Most pastors have neither a coach nor a counselor. The truth is that without professional help, your health and performance suffer...and your family and church suffer with you.
One quick story...
A friend of mine took his kids to an indoor facility similar to the America Ninja Warrior set. He's the kind of guy who isn't going to watch his kids climb and jump; he's going to do it with them. And let's just see it's easier for kids under the age of 10 to handle this obstacle course than for a grown man in his 30s.
After a couple of futile attempts to successfully navigate a particular part of the course, my buddy got some help from an unexpected source. A 15-year-old girl was watching him and told him that he should 'jump high, not far; and bend your knees instead of keeping them straight.'
Frustrated by his lack of success, my friend took her suggestion and made it across. He found her after finishing and asked her how she knew what he needed to do. Had she tried the course before?
Her response: 'No, I've never done it, but my boyfriend does it all the time. I learned from watching him.'
My friend received coaching from a 15-year-old girl who had never done what she helped him do. She watched someone else succeed, understood how success was achieved, and helped my friend do what he might never have done on his own.
Do The Next Right Thing
If you are a pastor who can't get from where you are to where you want to go, then hire a coach. A good coach creates an environment for you to focus and achieve more than you could ever do on your own.
As a performance coach, I help church leaders grow their preaching, grow their team, and grow themselves. I want you to be the best version of you, so I'm offering you the opportunity to have a FREE breakthrough coaching call with me. This call is not a sales pitch, and if I do anything that makes you feel like you've wasted a second of your time, I'll write you a check for $1,000.
I already have a heavy slate of clients, and I can't help everyone who asks. But if you can't afford to shuffle along on your own, here's what I want you to do next. If you want to schedule a planning session with me, just click on the link below:
Yes, I want to set up a call! (select Consultation with Matt Adair)
When you click, you'll see a form with a few questions about your church and what you're looking to accomplish. Once I have that information, I'll do some research for you, and we'll set up a time to go over it together.
Ready to take your life and leadership to the next level?
Schedule your breakthrough call NOW! (select Consultation with Matt Adair)