Faithful Guides: Coaching Strategies for Church Leaders

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Earlier in my own ministry, I believed that effectively doing my pastoral tasks - preaching, teaching, and managing church programs - was the measure of my success as a spiritual leader,"" writes a pastor quoted in Faithful Guides. ""Then one day I realized my task was to multiply leadership through developing the potential of other leaders. Coaching has given me both the theory and the tools to develop the spiritual leaders around me."" Coaches are trained to guide others toward greater competence. Good ones help you learn from experiences so you're more reflective and self-aware in your practice of ministry. They can help you stay focused on the goals you want to achieve. Hawkins aptly demystifies the concept of spiritual coaching in Faithful Guides. He explains how it's... * easier than you think * deeply rooted in the Bible and in church traditions * an essential strategy for personal and organizational transformation * different from other helping relationships like consultants, therapists or teachers * crucial to equip the church to fulfill Jesus' great commission ""Coaching is about transformation and change,"" says Hawkins. ""It's about helping people claim and use the gifts for ministry that God has given them. Coaching will become an increasingly important skill as the church moves away from its old pattern of making members toward the new reality of making disciples."" Using proven, simple models from the corporate realm and biblical precedence, Hawkins teaches the principles and skills needed to turn you into a self-confident, effective spiritual guide and leader.

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Thomas R. Hawkins has served as pastor, director of connectional ministries and district superintendent in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of The United Methodist Church. Today he serves as a professor in the Career and Organizational Studies Program at Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences at Eastern Illinois University and as copastor with his wife, Jan, at First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, Illinois. He is the author of numerous publications on church leadership and issues of power and conflict, including Building Gods People, Cultivating Christian Community, The Potter and the Clay, Sharing the Search, The Learning Congregation, A Life That Becomes the Gospel, Claiming God's Promises, The Christian Small-Group Leader and Faithful Leadership.

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