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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