Intentionality: A Treasured Gift!

By Eric Wenger   |   October 1, 2018

“He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:10-11, NIV).

Encouraging and building each other up are actions at the very heart of Christ-centered mission coaching.  Over the next few months, I will give you an opportunity to hear direct testimony about the power of coaching.  Both coaches and those being coached will share their stories.

Rebecca Rust, one of our C4USM coaches, will be the first to talk about her experience with being coached.  Find out more about Rebecca and all of our coaches by visiting  Here is Rebecca’s testimony. . .

Intentionality. It’s something we strive for. It’s beneficial. Yet many times our best laid plans lose their focus and lack it. That’s where I found coaching made all the difference in my world.

About seven years ago, I began preparing to close one chapter of my life to open the next. I had initiated this transition and felt excited about it. My to-do list was miles long as I prepared to pass on my responsibilities to those that came next. AND there were all the relationships…relationships that I invested in and cared deeply about for nearly 10 years. The thought of how to accomplish it all in my closing window of time filled my head.

I was then asked if I would like to be coached. My husband was in a coaching relationship at the time and had been sharing about it. Fruitfulness had come from his experience so I decided to try it out.

Due to the thoughtful questions I was asked to process, my to-do list was suddenly purposeful. I was able to work through what I valued as most important in the closing of this chapter and focus on that. No longer was I simply running around trying to do stuff. Instead I was thinking ahead of what might get in the way of honoring my priorities and setting out a plan to meet those obstacles before they caught me off guard. I was looking to close this chapter well AND to start the next with intentionality.

Intentionality. For me, coaching helped take my transition from one level to the next. I could have managed without it, but the deliberative purposefulness - or intentionality - of coaching helped me transition with excellence. For me, that was a treasured gift.”

I am encouraged and built up as a result of Rebecca’s words.  How about you?  If so, contact Rebecca, me, or any of our coaches to intentionally discover coaching for yourself.  


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Questions for Discussion

  1. What areas of your life are in need of a more proactive and intentional approach toward growth?

  2. How could receiving coaching help with your intentionality?

  3. Where do you have opportunities to intentionally encourage and build people up at this time in your life?

  4. What are your next steps in the process of becoming an increasingly effective encourager?

  5. What role do you think learning coaching skills can play in your development as a Christ-centered leader?

Resources You Can Use

 Check out this Christian coaching top ten list and find additional coaching resources.



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