The afternoon of the Acts 29 Boot Camp was breakout sessions. I went to “Gospel Coaching” with Scott Thomas. In preparation for the breakout, we had to read the book Gospel Coach, which was great, definitely worth reading.
Here are some things from the breakout:
- There is a fundamental flaw in all coaching materials
- Coaching needs to look at a leader’s personal, spiritual and missional life
- Leaders know, feed, lead and protect their church
- A good coach can focus things and make it simple, they see the big picture well, they see what you can’t, they focus on your weakness and spend more time there, they want you to win, they push you beyond what you think you can do, they ask good questions
- How far does coaching go? Anyone can be coaching: pastor to elders, pastor to staff, etc.
- The biggest difference with Gospel Coaching is that it is more concerned with outcome instead of output
- What you do doesn’t define you, who you are defines you
- Every church leader needs a coach
- Lead as a shepherd by serving (Matthew 20:25 – 28), overseeing (1 Peter 5:1 – 4), providing (Psalm 23:1 – 3), loving (John 21:15 – 19), sacrificing (John 10:1 – 5, 11 – 18), fighting (Acts 20:28 – 35), providing (Revelation 7:15 – 17) and focusing on the Chief shepherd (Jeremiah 3:15)
- You can’t lead those you don’t love