Ministry Coaching?

Bio of Terry McNabb: Pastor Terry McNabb has served as the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Portland since 1993. He was born and raised in Southern California where he became a Christian as a teenager and was able to witness the beginnings of Calvary Chapel and the Jesus Movement. In the 1980s Terry was involved in music ministry and teaching small groups at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, which is where he felt the call to be a pastor. He loves pastors, and is passionate about helping pastors fulfill their calling.
Have you ever heard of ministry coaching?
In the past fifteen to twenty years Life Coaching and Business Coaching has become a popular method of training and developing leaders and employees within companies and churches. While coaching takes on many forms, it is basically a mentor relationship that helps one assess specific strengths and weaknesses and form an action plan that leads to the best use of strengths, to the developing beyond weaknesses and the ability to push through obstacles.
Now this approach is available for senior pastors and for those in the ministry to Christ’s body.
In Sports
Coaching is more obvious in sports where a coach assesses an athlete’s strengths and weaknesses and puts him in a place where he can win. In basketball the coach would never take five players and say, “Just go play basketball.” By watching them practice and by putting them through drills the coach is going to assess a players athletic ability and decide the best position he should play. The coach is also going to get the player to strengthen the weak areas of his game. In other words the coach makes the players game change from being just a basketball player to a point guard or a forward or the position that best suits his athletic abilities.
In Ministry
In ministry we often begin with a very general approach. We say, “Let’s go do ministry and see what God will do.” While that is a good place to start, after time we begin to see what God has called us to do, how God has gifted us, how we are to minister and how God is going to reach our city or neighborhood. Our ministry has to change from just being a minister to a pastor-teacher or an evangelist or a missionary or whatever God has called us to be. Often in times of disappointment and fatigue we pastors feel like quitting what we actually need is to assess our circumstances, look at what God has done, make a new vision and decide the actions necessary to focus on what God has gifted us to do.
What does the Bible say about training?
Paul said to the Corinthians to run in such a way that we may obtain the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24).
When Timothy became discouraged, Paul wrote “Exercise yourself toward godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7) and “Do not neglect the gift that is in you” … “Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all … for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you” (1 Timothy 4:12-16). Run … exercise yourself … meditate on these things … give yourself entirely to them; these are statements that speak of the training and focus needed to become and accomplish exactly what God has in mind for our lives and ministries.
Do you need help?
A ministry coach can see what you can’t. He can ask the right questions to help you think differently and see what you are overlooking. He can get you to play to your strengths and start seeing results instead of ruts.
“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
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Note: Pastor Terry McNabb has made himself available for this process, as have the pastors of Poimen Ministries.
If you’re interested in learning more about how such a relationship works, or to begin the process of ministry coaching, go to the Contact Us page (http://www.poimenministries.com/contact-us) and fill out the basic info and we’ll get in touch with you very soon.
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Note: Pastor Terry McNabb has made himself available for this process, as have the pastors of Poimen Ministries.
If you’re interested in learning more about how such a relationship works, or to begin the process of ministry coaching, go to the Contact Us page (http://www.poimenministries.com/contact-us) and fill out the basic info and we’ll get in touch with you very soon.