Coaching for Ministers


Across our Association of Churches I have heard comments like these from both ministers and laity alike: “I need some help! I’m overwhelmed by this challenging church field.” “Our minister needs some outside support.” Let me ask you, have you ever considered a coaching relationship?

We have several trained coaches in our Association who have made themselves available to ministers to gain support. We have some churches and personnel teams who have made coaching a requirement for employment.

The following “Questions and Answers” will hopefully help you understand the concept. If you are interested in a coaching relationship, space is limited to the first 10 who will make an initial six month commitment.

Email if you are interested.
What is coaching?
Coaching is the process of coming alongside a person to help them discover God’s agenda for their life and ministry, and then cooperating with the Holy Spirit to see that agenda become reality. The goal of coaching is to help someone succeed. What is success? Finding out what God wants you to do, and doing it!
Why should I be coached? There are many reasons to work with a coach. A big reason for those in ministry today is to have someone who will really listen and help you think through issues and options. Coaching provides encouragement for the journey, cultivates wisdom and strategic insights, discovers breakthrough opportunities, maintains focus on the truly important, and transforms vision into reality.
What does a coach do?
A coach listens to what you are really saying and what you are not saying.
A coach supports you in setting and achieving goals that are out of reach, but not unreachable.
A coach will tell you the truth when no one else will.
A coach supports you in all aspects of your life and takes a stand for what you want to create in your life.
A coach will help you clarify your values and set goals based on those values.
A coach will help you create possibilities. A coach will work with you to create possibilities both personally and professionally.
A coach offers a new perspective. A coach can be objective and offer another perspective to situations.
A coach will help you achieve greater balance in your life.
How will the process work?
Monthly phone conversations; each conversation is one hour in length.
Action plans will be established following the guidance of the Holy Spirit and then recorded in the online coaching tool.
How effective is the process?
Research on Coaching has shown the following results
increased self-awareness, 67.6 percent
better goal setting, 62.4 percent
more-balanced life, 60.5 percent
lower stress levels, 57.1 percent
enhanced self-discovery, 52.9 percent
increased confidence, 52.4 percent
improved quality of life, 43.3 percent
enhanced communication skills, 39.5 percent
increased project completion, 35.7 percent
improved health or fitness level, 33.8 percent
better relationship with co-workers, 33.3 percent
Coach Rachelle Disbennett-Lee, PhD
How is a coach different from a
Consultant – A consultant usually is a specialist in a given area. They are hired to give advice and provide solutions,
Therapist -A therapist typically works with a dysfunctional person to get them to a functional level.
Counselor – While a counselor provides information and expertise, the relationship is normally hierarchical, perhaps even authoritarian
Mentor – Mentoring is a relationship that is established with someone who is an expert in their field.