Does your 2023 budget include funds for your professional training and development?
Is it time for an investment in your ministry?
Read on …
Beginning a coaching relationship includes doing a ministry assessment and creating a set of Coaching Objectives that outline what the relationship will accomplish. Getting anything meaningful out of a coaching engagement takes time and commitment. Consequently, most (if not all) of my engagements are one year in duration. Often, at the church leader’s request, I will do a site visit at or near the beginning of the engagement. This allows me to experience a weekend service, meet other staff members, and better understand the overall ministry, including its successes and challenges.
Here’s an outline of a typical coaching engagement:
- Meeting Frequency – Coaching happens two times per month via 1-hour Zoom video sessions. By the end of the year, the executive pastor/church administrator is ready to go, having “checked the box” on several critical church administration and leadership actions.
- Objective – My goal for a new executive pastor is to help them begin their new ministry successfully, having accomplished several first-year objectives. If the executive pastor has been in the role for a while, I can help identify areas of ministry that would benefit from better infrastructure and the development of systems, processes, and methods, taking the ministry to the next level.
- Access to Materials – Coaching relationships include materials and methods that can be easily edited and adjusted for the new executive pastor’s specific situation, preventing the need to start from scratch.
- Strategic Planning – Very often, the first few months of the coaching relationship include a strategic planning session facilitation and overall guidance in completing a documented one to three-year strategic plan.
- Customization – The nature and duration of a coaching relationship can be customized and tailored to specific needs. Almost anything (duration, meeting frequency, areas of focus, etc.) related to my typical coaching services can be discussed to ensure the relationship benefits the client.
- Fee – I do charge a monthly fee for my coaching. The fee does two things. It formalizes the relationship and ensures that both the individual being coached and I take the relationship seriously. It holds us both accountable for doing what is necessary between calls to accomplish the identified objectives. The fee is negotiable based on the size of the church’s budget and a few other factors. Contact me to discuss the fee.