By Eric Wenger | February 15, 2019
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:9-10, NIV).
I live in Wisconsin. We make a BIG deal out of seasons around here. Right now, we’re deep into the season of winter. There is a seemingly endless supply of cold, snow, and wind. I’m quite sure that some of you can relate!
In the midst of the elements there are unique opportunities to do good. It’s amazing what bringing a warm meal to a neighbor, shoveling someone’s sidewalk, or visiting a friend who hasn’t been able to get outside can do to bless people. The same is true of meeting people in the seasons of their spiritual lives. A trained mission coach is able come alongside another person and recognize how to best help that person set goals and grow no matter what the season. This month’s coaching story illustrates that point well.
Dan Haupt is the Administrative Coordinator for The Alley Church in Cottage Grove, MN. He serves as a coach in the C4USM Coaching Network. His experience is an outstanding example of the BIG opportunity that mission coaching offers to do good in the lives of other people.
The following is Dan’s story:
A few years ago, I was in a real funk in life – spiritually, professionally, and personally. I knew I needed some help! The church I was working at paid for me to receive life coaching. To make a long story short, it was life changing - so much so that a couple of years ago I knew God was calling me to be a life coach so that I could help others. I reviewed my options and signed up for mission coach training through the Center for U.S. Missions. The training was great – very God and prayer-centered, informative, practical, and hands-on. I learned an effective process for coaching, received some coaching tools, and gained some much-needed coaching experience.
Since receiving my coaching certification, I have had the privilege of coaching many people including pastors, church planters, church workers, and lay people. There is tremendous satisfaction that comes with helping people to focus on God’s agenda for their life, and to help them achieve their aspired goals. There is also a tremendous blessing in the deeper relationships that have been developed through coaching.
There are some other benefits that I have gained from my life coaching training and experiences. I have become a much better listener, have a much greater awareness of how God is working in my life and the lives of others, am able to approach people with curiosity rather than my having an agenda for them, and have been able to use the method of thinking that coaching training instilled to often coach myself.
If any of the above resonates with you, I would encourage you to prayerfully consider signing up for mission coaching training through C4USM.
I appreciate Dan’s willingness to tell you how mission coach training has impacted his life and the lives of the people he coaches. You are invited to train with us, too! The time to sign up is now. Registration goes through Monday, February 25. The training cycle will begin on March 1. Find out more at http://www.centerforusmissions.com/coach-certification-training. Feel free to contact me at (920) 393-3532 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit” (Philemon 1:25, NIV).
Joy in Jesus!
Questions for Discussion
1. What season of life are you in?
2. How can coaching fit into this season of your life? What would it mean for you to be coached?
What would it take for you to get involved in mission coach training?
3. How do you see mission coach training as a BIG opportunity for you to do good in your congregation and in your community?
Resources You Can Use
95 Outcomes of Christian Coaching by Chris Heinz
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Center for U.S. Missions – Contact Information
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