Coaching is a growing industry. The relationship with a coaching is most often a one-on-one relationship focused on the agenda of the client. Coaches ask questions and help the client harvest insight. Coaching is:
- Individualized. Through a one-on-one relationship, a coach helps you identify the issues, obstacles, and opportunities of your particular ministry and address them directly.
- Action-oriented. Coaching uses reflection and discernment as preparation for action. It has a persistent focus on taking quantifiable steps towards your goals.
- Holistic. Coaching helps you address the interdependence of your personal faith, your sense of call, your personality and relationships, your capacities and resources, and your context.
Coaching is not:
- Mentoring. A coach helps you to discern and fully realize your own distinctive purpose and potential, not to imitate those of someone else.
- Consulting. A coach helps you to identify, set and reach the right goals for your work; a coach does not provide solutions for you.
- Therapy. A coach helps you develop your strengths and potential for the future, not heal the brokenness from your past.
Coaching is a growing, unregulated industry. Searching for qualified coaches is done best through organizations with which your church has a relationship, like your denomination or a trusted Christian institution. If nothing is available, you can consult the coaching trade association, the International Coaching Federation.