The Gift of Coaching

By Eric Wenger   |   October 1, 2017

“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5, NIV).

That Word from God has been at work in my life for over a month now.  I was in Austin, Texas late in August to help lead a Coach Refresher Workshop and Mission Coach Certification Training when I heard Proverbs 20:5.  The timing for my life was truly a gift from God. 

Allow me to give you some context.  I have had the blessing of receiving coaching from Christian leaders.  It has been my privilege to coach Christian leaders.  I have also had many opportunities to experience a variety of coaching styles as an athlete, and I have coached several sports over the course of the last twenty-five years.  You are probably getting the picture that coaching has been a big part of my life.  However, the recent request I received took some serious thought.    

A local high school asked me to coach Cross Country.  I had not coached a running sport for close to twenty years.  Last year, I had Achilles tendon surgery.  My calendar was already tight.  You get the picture.  Yet, I knew this was important.      

I said “yes” to the coaching position shortly before I arrived in Austin.  When I heard Proverbs 20:5 at the workshop, I think I was really hearing it for the first time in my life.  I realized that I was able to make the decision to coach Cross Country, because of the gift of coaching.   

The verse helped me realize what God was up to in my life.  He provided me with coaches, people to draw out my thoughts and plans, even when I was not consciously thinking about getting a coach.  My wife, Carrie, was the first to hear about the offer.  She listened and asked me some questions.  Our conversation prompted me to text a friend with whom I had coached track many years ago so that I could talk about workout resources.  He listened, asked me some questions, and shared resources.  Before I knew it, I had a plan and made a clear decision.

Carrie and my friend both coached me informally, because of the healthy relationships that we have developed.  I imagine that you have relationships like that, too.  That is the gift of coaching.  Praise the LORD!    

However, every one of us has also experienced the challenge of not being able to clarify our purpose or our plan.  We have also seen that in the lives of other people.  Both are motivators for Christian leaders to develop coaching skills in order to get ready for informal and formal coaching opportunities.     

I am excited that the C4USM continues to develop a coaching network.  It is my specific prayer that we can identify qualified coaches and that we connect with more and more mission leaders who are seeking to receive coaching.  Feel free to reach out to me at ewenger@livingraized.com to keep the conversation going.  

Proverbs 20:5 teaches that the gift of coaching is for every time, person, and generation.  On the count of three shout, “Go Coach” with me.   1, 2, 3…  “Go Coach!”   

God’s blessings as you coach and as you receive coaching!

Moment Extras

Questions for Discussion

1.  Where do you need to have your purposes and plans drawn out?  Whom will you ask to coach you through that process? 
2.  What are your thoughts about intentionally working on coaching skills?
3.  How can the C4USM help you grow as a coach and/or find a coach?
4.  Challenge:  Read “Coaching for Christian Leaders” by Chad Hall and Linda Miller

Resources You Can Use

“Coaching for Christian Leaders” by Chad Hall and Linda Miller

 

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Center for U.S. Missions – Contact Information

Email us at: | Rev. Dr. Peter Meier, Executive Director; peter.meier@cui.edu  | Rev. Eric Wenger, Director of Mission Coaching; ewenger@livingraized.com| Kathy Meier, Coordinator; kathy.meier@cui.edu  | Mil Behnken, Office Manager; mildred.behnken@cui.edu