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Thirty Reasons Church Leaders Need a Coach

by Scott Thomas, President of Acts 29

I often say that every church leader needs a coach. Below are thirty reasons the participants of Gospel Coach Training have shared:

  1. Coaching helps to remind a leader of the Gospel
  2. Coaching exposes a leader’s blind spots
  3. All leaders are capable of succumbing to sin’s deception
  4. Leaders are models for faithful obedience
  5. Coaching is preventative maintenance for a leader
  6. The stakes for a church leader are high
  7. Coaching models biblical community
  8. Coaching provides a prayer partner for the leader
  9. Leaders can be prideful
  10. Leaders are often lonely
  11. Coaching is a practical means for a leader to pay careful attention to self
  12. Coaching brings encouragement to the leader
  13. Coaching can protect the flock from a leader’s mistakes and bad decisions
  14. Coaching improves a leader’s perspective and objectivity
  15. Coaching facilitates the leader’s growth and equipping
  16. Coaching sharpens a leader’s calling
  17. Leaders lead where they have walked themselves
  18. Coaching is a means for intentional accountability and submission
  19. Coaching helps a leader identify and fight arrogance
  20. Ministry is a difficult and complicated task
  21. Leaders in a coaching relationship model discipleship
  22. Shepherds need shepherded
  23. Coaching sharpens a leader’s skills and abilities
  24. Coaching provides a safe sounding board
  25. Coaching is fun
  26. Coaching encourages friendship
  27. Coaching provides affirmation for a leader’s decisions
  28. Coaching enables personal sanctification
  29. Coaching protects family and marital health
  30. Coaching is a means to obtain gospel reflections from a fellow leader
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Over the last ten years, Acts 29 has emerged from a small band of brothers to almost 300 churches in the United States and networks of churches in multiple countries. Scott Thomas serves as president and director of the network, which focuses on the gospel and advancing the mission of Jesus through obediently planting church-planting churches. Founders and contributors to the Acts 29 movement include Mars Hill teaching pastor Mark Driscoll and lead pastor of The Village Church Matt Chandler.