By Eric Wenger | May 1, 2019
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV).
Many of us have at least one friend who is extremely adept at finding a reason to celebrate and can start a party anywhere at any time. Now is the time to picture that person while having a good laugh remembering some of those celebrations. If you resemble the friend I described, carry on with the celebration initiation!
I have a friend that I met way back in elementary school who is a natural at celebrating. He has the smile, the laugh, the enthusiasm, and a sixth sense for knowing how to get the party started. I will never forget the way he turned boring bus trips into instance fun, class projects into creativity fests, and how he used the morning session of our two a day training regimen as a great excuse to go out for breakfast.
You may or may not be good at initiating celebrations. Either way, good celebration skills are always important for healthy mission work. The Center for United States Missions prioritizes the value of celebrating in our coaching ministry. We seek to make sure everyone being coached and everyone training to be a coach have intentional opportunities to celebrate and to increase their skills for launching celebrations.
Robert Logan and Gary Reinecke wrote a resource called Developing Coaching Excellence (ChurchSmart Resources, 2003). We use their guide as one of the core training tools in our Mission Coach Training. In their research, they identified that encouragement is a key skill in coaching. At the center of encouragement is finding opportunities to celebrate.
I will share a small sample from Logan and Reinecke to illustrate my point. The following quotes are found on page 59 of Developing Coach Excellence:
· Excellent coaches actively look for opportunities to celebrate accomplishments and progress.
· The best coaches celebrate not just ultimate goals, but milestones along the way.
· Excellent coaches are intentional about celebrating, planning ahead for major milestones.
· Many coaches make celebration a natural part of each session.
You are invited to join us in the pursuit of initiating celebrations. To share your victories, find a coach, or to get engaged in our Mission Coach Training contact me: (920) 393-3532 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website here.
One more thought keeps jumping out at me. Celebrations are meant for the small, the big, and every occasion in between. It is really inspiring that Jesus mentioned celebrating in all three of His parables in Luke 15. The chapter concludes with these words, “But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (Luke 15:32, NIV).
Let’s celebrate! God is good at providing victories! He has already given us the greatest victory through His Son, our Savior, Jesus!
Joy in Jesus!
Questions for Discussion
1. What will you celebrate today?
2. What has God done that you can celebrate with at least one other person today?
3. How good are you at initiating celebrations? Where would you like to grow in this important skill?
4. How can the Center for United States Missions help you initiate celebrations as part of your mission lifestyle?
Resources You Can Use
Developing Coaching Excellence by Robert E. Logan and Gary B. Reinecke
Developing Coaching Excellence Handbook by Robert E. Logan and Sherilyn Carlton
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