One of the ways that Ken helps growing leaders is by leadership coaching.
What is Coaching?
A coach is someone who meets with you as a discussion partner to help you clarify goals, overcome obstacles and move forward in life. A hundred years ago, a “coach” was a vehicle for transportation pulled by horses. Today a coach is a “vehicle” to help you to get where you want to go in life and ministry.
The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
Coaching assumes that the person being coached is competent and resourceful. Rather than coming as an expert to give all the answers, the coach guides the discussion to help you achieve new insights and find creative solutions. In Christian coaching, both the coach and the client seek to listen for the leading of the Holy Spirit to find the way forward.
Coaching should be distinguished from related disciplines such as training, mentoring, consulting and counseling. For a discussion of the distinction between coaching and other services, see The Coaching & Mentoring Network. In a coaching session it is common to temporarily switch into mentoring or teaching mode for a short time when that would be helpful to the person being coached. Ken would naturally blend some mentoring and teaching in with his coaching.
Coaching has become widespread in the business world, especially among executives and managers. It is now becoming increasingly common in church and ministry settings.
Who Can Benefit from Coaching?
Here are some of the types of people who can benefit from coaching:
- Anyone who is struggling to define their goal
- Anyone who has hit roadblocks and is not sure how to reach their goal
- Anyone who feels disorganized, blocked or uninspired
- Anyone who is in a significant transition in life
- Anyone who is ready to grow personally, professionally, and spiritually
- Anyone who needs someone to help them work through where they want to go and how to get there
What Does Coaching Look Like?
At the scheduled time, you are sitting by your phone or computer ready for the session. The coach will contact you, and you will begin a one hour session. You will begin to share your thoughts and concerns. Through careful listening and guiding questions, the coach will help you narrow the focus for that session. As the discussion progresses, you will probably have some new insights and see new possibilities. By the end of the session you will usually have some action steps to take before the next session.
Usually there will be an initial introductory session, after which you will contract for a set number of session (e.g. 6-8 sessions). Typically there are two or three coaching sessions per month. At the end of the last session, you can decide if you would benefit from additional sessions.
If you are interested in talking further about the possibility of setting up coaching sessions, please contact Ken using the contact form on this site.