This past week I spent 2 days in downtown Atlanta with 29 other Pastors from around the country as part of a yearlong journey of growing together. For the last several years I have been a part of this coaching group in various forms through the ministry and efforts of NextLevelCoaching & NextLevelChurch.
You should know in full transparency that I’m pretty high on this church, their ministry and their staff. They are led by Pastor Matt Keller and others like Pastor Kyle Jackson. These men, and others on the Next Level team have sharpened my leadership, cared for my soul, and become my friends in the process.
My philosophy on coaching for Pastors and leaders in business is that
coaching isn’t an admission of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.
In my attempt to be the best Pastor I can be, best leader I can be, best husband I can be, best father I can be, and on, and on, and on, I want to surround myself with people who can make me better in these endeavors.
Even professional athletes at the highest level have a coach. The best golfer in the world has a coach. The best baseball player in the world has a coach. These athletes know what they are supposed to do. They understand the basic fundamentals of the golf swing, baseball swing, etc but having someone on the outside looking in to notice a little change that could make all the difference. You are still ultimately accountable as to whether or not to apply their suggestions, but I don’t think you ever get to the place where you can afford not to have someone coaching you.
The thing I love about Matt, Kyle and the team at NextLevelCoaching is that they don’t teach you HOW they do things at their church. They teach you WHY they do what they do. There’s a big difference.
If they teach me HOW they do things and I try to apply those things in my context I’m going to have to eventually change things or get frustrated because I don’t have their giftedness, personalities, context of ministry and more. But if they teach me WHY they do things I can understand the transferrable principles and adapt them to my place of ministry or choose not to because I realize it doesn’t fit.
As I coach pastors and leaders myself I have tried to apply this same model of WHY instead of HOW.
At various times over the last few years I’ve been inspired by a new thought on leadership. Other times I’ve been challenged by something they share from Scripture that I’ve never noticed before. Still other times I’ve been moved to tears as they pray over me, my family and my church. And still other times I’ve been convicted as they call out things in me that need to change.
An enemy to being coached is pride. To think that I know better, and to refuse to be teachable.
I never want to find myself in that place.
Thanks Matt, Kyle & Next Level Church for investing in guys like me. It makes us better, and it’s a worthy investment of all that God has sown into your ministry in southwest Florida.
We are launching new coaching groups this fall at ForwardLeadership, I will lead one of those and if you are interested in being part of my group you can click HERE. You can also click on the links above for more information on the groups starting this fall through Next Level.