Out of the Seats, Into the Streets

"People will exceed targets they set for themselves."
I’ve certainly found this maxim to be true, both in my roles as a coachee through NCM’s Life & Leadership Coaching and as a certified coach through the initiative. It's such a great tool to help Christ-followers get out of the seats (i.e., pews) and into the streets in advancing the Good News and following up those who respond!

In fact, after the recent three-day NCM Life & Leadership Coach Camp here in Colorado Springs, I was among the 52 coaches who were recertified, seeking certification, or simply there to learn skills and techniques to use in their discipleship ministries. Recertification allows me to keep this tool in my ministry toolkit as I seek to help pastors, church leaders, and “everyday laborers” succeed in life and ministry.

This year’s Coach Camp focused on guiding individuals as well as church leadership teams through ministry vision, ministry plan, and priority management. Coaches from across the nation were on hand, and one I had the privilege of doing several practice coaching sessions with actually traveled from Africa! Participants called Coach Camp “insightful,” “interactive,” and “impactful”—and I'm right there with them!

“All agreed that coaching is a powerful tool to empower pastors and church leaders to pursue an intentional path forward with promise,” say Brian and Debi Zaas, NCM colleagues who direct the initiative, “allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through them to bring about life transformation.”
Brian and Debi inspired us with the following powerful testimonies from men and women who are involved in our coaching initiative:

  • “Through coaching I am transformed by being on God’s path instead of my own. It has brought me an awareness of aligning to God’s will, resulting in a healthier, more organized and productive life.”
  • “Coaching has been a wonderful blessing to me in many ways, but the most important thing I have learned is to search for Scripture that applies to any situation I find myself in.”
  • “My coach helped me move forward at a time when I might have easily stalled out, and encouraged me to reframe difficult circumstances as a venue for learning and personal growth.”
In fact, I came out of this year’s Coach Camp training with a new coaching tool called the Sabbath Delight Assessment from Peter Scazzero, author of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and The Emotionally Healthy Church. This tool helps identify the extent to which rest is a regular part of a person’s walk with God. Email me here if you’d like me to forward it to you. Here’s how my coachee responded when I sent it his way:

Dean – thanks for sharing! I worked through this during my quiet time this morning, and talked with [my wife] about it. It’s a very powerful assessment, and is an excellent addition to our work–life balance tools that we’ve touched on in coaching. I’ll tell you I scored very poorly in the snapshot of my current situation (26/50), but I am intrigued by several of the questions, and I think this represents a challenging, helpful interview.  #6 and #7 were personally challenging. #8 is encouraging regarding the potential that a day of rest and enjoyment of the Lord represents. I’d encourage you to deploy this, as I’m sure you are already planning. Again, thanks for sharing.
What about you? Want to get out of the seats and into the streets in life and ministry? Interested in learning more about NCM Life & Leadership Coaching? Click here.

And if I have an opportunity to be your coach, my commitment to you: You’ll set your own targets—and you’ll exceed them! 

Dean Ridings is a Representative of Navigator Church Ministries. To contact Dean or to learn more about the Ridings’ Navigator ministry in the Rocky Mountain Region, please click here.