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Will the Christian coaching movement really make a difference or is it just another passing fad?

The coaching movement is building up a head of steam as it becomes an increasingly hot topic in today’s world. Hot, because it focuses on the issues that are pivotal for most post-moderns, primarily the issues of personal growth and development. With knowledge and information moving at breakneck speed in today’s society, growth and development become imperative.

Coaching seems to be gaining popularity among traditional Christian organizations. Many groups/businesses are scrambling to catch up with the coaching wave, implementing it into the very core of their value systems and putting it into practice from the board room to the break room.

Many denominational leaders are also incorporating coaching among their ranks. Movements such as the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, the Assemblies of God, and the Southern Baptists are all exploring coaching methodologies in order to better under gird their pastors and ministers for 21st century effectiveness.

The Need for Major Paradigm Shifts

The question is: will the acquiescence of the coaching movement compel the church to adopt the strikingly new paradigms of coaching? Christian coaching leaders such as Tony Stolzfus and Joseph Umidi certainly believe so. Let’s take a quick look at just a few of the new paradigms that must be embraced as Christian coaching begins to establish itself in the body of Christ.

Let’s begin with the current generation of what I call “carry over” 20th century leaders. It’s a known fact that most leaders from the previous century operated from an “advice giving” paradigm. Advice giving is good and does have its place; however, the new coaching paradigm is about pushing the client to find answers rather than supplying them for them.

  • The old mindset says, “You can’t solve this without me,” thus producing followers rather than leaders. The new coaching paradigm is built upon the premise that leaders are responsible to steward their own lives.
  • The old model says, “Change is a product of information and knowledge. Given the right options, anybody can change.” The new coaching paradigm says, “Change is the function of support, encouragement, and accountability, rather than merely passing on information.”
  • The old mindset says, “Most people will never get it right without my help.” The new way says, “I believe in people.”
  • The old model says, “As a leader, I have to fix everybody.” The new coaching paradigm says, “I am not responsible to fix everyone. All have a responsibility to steward their own lives, and I’m here to help you walk that out.”
  • The old mindset says, “Here’s what I’d do if I were you.” The new coaching paradigm says, “Let me ask you powerful questions and help you discover what to do.”

With that being said, what is it that you need do in order to embrace the silent coaching revolution?

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