Today’s post is the beginning of series about coaching. I wrote these articles while interning with Church Assistance Ministry and have decided to share them with you because coaching is one of the many elements of leadership.
“From time to time we will all need outside assistance getting from
where we are to where we want or need to be.”
Andy Stanley, The Principle of the Path
In the fall of 2007 I led an effort to feed families in need in our community with a program called, A Day of Hope (which I also wrote a book about). We partnered with the local church I was attending, Enclave Community Church as a way to better serve the need so our community. At that time, I had about three years of experience in founding and leading A Day of Hope, but I felt there was something was missing. A great, close friend had told me that he believed I could increase the amount of people we were serving through A Day of Hope if I was able to develop myself as a better leader.
At that point in time, I had briefly met and spoke with a man named Steve Elliott who was serving at the church to help develop leaders. We had said hello to each other a few times, but had not engaged in conversation very deeply. I knew about Steve because of his role at church, and he knew me because of the work I had done with A Day of Hope in partnership with Enclave Community Church.
Over the next several months I began to get to know Steve a little bit more through casual conversations around church. Then, Steve, our senior pastor at Enclave, and my self happened to all be sitting around a table starting to share our goals for the future. Steve and Pastor Brian both shared their goals for the future and what they would like to do to serve and help others, and when it came my turn I mustered the courage to share my vision for what I felt God had put on my heart to do in the future.
For the next couple minutes I shared with Steve and Brian how I wanted to serve and help leaders. Part of that process was working on myself as a leader to improve my leadership skills, then to pass on those leadership skills to others to help them learn and grow to serve more people. Little did I know that courage to share my vision and goals was a defining moment as a young leader and was a way God was leading me to a discipling relationship.
I cannot remember if it was that same day, or at a later date, but Steve Elliott offered to coach me in leadership skills to help me improve myself as a leader to serve other leaders. I graciously accepted his offer, and was very honored that he would offer to coach me!
Steve and I decided to meet once a month at Starbucks at 6 AM to talk about leadership and have him coach me. I would arrive a little before 6 AM, get him and I a cup of coffee (our drink is tall Pike, no room), sit down with my pad of paper and pen, and he would coach me on leadership. Since that first 6 AM meeting at Starbucks, Steve and I have met every month for over three years now.
Question: What has been the impact of coaching on your life?