I am thinking about the usefulness of coaching today. My musing is simple: Coaching only works if you use it. What I mean is this, it may be available, but if you donâ€™t access it, there is no benefit.
The largest share of â€œresponsibilityâ€ in coaching is on the recipient; to access what is available and then to decide on implementation of any insight gained. The coach can offer points of accountability relating to the decisions made, but cannot â€œplay the gameâ€ for you.
In a similar way I apply this view to marriage counseling. The counselor is the coach and is not allowed to take the field with the couple. He/she may only coach from the sidelines, but may not be on the field/court where the team plays the game. The coachâ€™s role is highly valuable, but the team (couple) must learn how to execute the plays themselves. The coachâ€™s role is to observe, train, equip and encourage, but is not allowed to perform the task of the players.
Growing a cell-based church suffers from experimentation while shaping the church by its values and guiding by principles. A coach can help you avoid many unnecessary changes and efforts that tend to make leaders feel like victims of trial-and-error. Each of us can gain advantages by inviting a seasoned leader/coach to speak into our lives and circumstances.
Are you utilizing a coach? Is your coach used for personal or cell church development? How are you benefiting from coaching?