Coaching And The Other Hats Pastors Wear

jeffscurlock —  July 26, 2012 — Leave a comment

I’ve been involved in some sort of ministry since I was a teenager. I have been in full time preaching and leading ministry for twenty-seven years. During those years I’ve learned a lot.

My passion is to be a pastor. I love having people under my care, teaching them and seeing them grow. I have learned that a pastor (especially in smaller churches) has to wear many hats.

One of those hats is being the janitor.  I’ve heard young guys coming fresh out of college say things like “I’m called to preach, someone else needs to clean the toilets.” Unfortunately and maybe even fortunately that other person is that cocky young pastor who things that janitorial work is beneath him.

Since I have become a pastor I have cleaned toilets, mopped floors, washed the windows, picked up snotty tissues left behind, cut the grass, painted and more.

I have been a teacher and a preacher. What’s the difference? I head one many say, “teaching is telling it and preaching is yelling it.  That’s funny. That’s not my definition I just thought it might make you grin. I’ve been a ministry leader, a counselor, a consultant, a coach and more.

When I was in High School I had aspirations of becoming a football coach. My high school principle assured me that if I would get a teaching degree I would have a job waiting for me.  God had other plans for my life.

I am currently reading the book “Becoming A Coaching Leader” by Daniel Harkavy. A book that to this point I can highly recommend and I have put a link below for you  find it.  In this book Harkavy spells out the differences of some titles that leaders have. All of these are hats that I have to war.

Counselor, According to Harkavy, “a counselor can be helpful when someone is struggling with some current or past event .”

Teacher: “Teachers have an assigned curriculum; their job is to help students learn that curriculum.”

Trainer: “A trainer helps someone to learn a new behavior.”

Consultant: “A consultant comes into an organization to determine where the most significant challenges or opportunities for improvement might be and then makes specific recommendations….”

Mentor: “A mentor shares what he or she knows with someone less experienced.”

Coach: “A Coach helps others to assess their situation and then improve their skills, disciplines, and knowledge so that they can make the necessary big picture changes.”

I love the idea of being a coach. The only problem is that many Christians want to be preached at, taught at, counseled at and even have recommendations given to them but they don’t want to be coached. Why? Because coaching demands a change.

The late Tom Landry who coached the Dallas Cowboys for years once said, “A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear and has you see what you don’t want to see, so that you can be who you’ve always know you could be.”

I love the idea of coaching and being coached. The prospect that all of us can be better! I am expanding my personal coaching service and looking for willing vessels.

Get Daniel Harkavy’s book, Becoming A Coaching Leader.

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