What is the value of a good coach? It is often the difference between winning and losing. This past weekend like a lot of Americans I watched football to recover from all the Thanksgiving eating I consumed. In one game I watched in amazement as a coach made several poor choices right at the end of the game. Those decisions greatly impacted the ability his team had of winning. Before he even got into the locker room the school fired him! Football is big business and there is little room for mistakes. Win and you are in. Lose and you are out!
For we in the church, it is not about winning or losing a game. We are involved in an eternal conflict that has much more serious outcomes than some tarnished trophy. You can’t risk making a mistake.
If the best athletes have a coach why don’t you? The best athletes work to get better. My friend, who I quote below, Jimmy Washington, once visited the training camp of the Indianapolis Colts the year after their then quarterback Peyton Manning had been named the NFL’s most Valuable Player. What impressed Jimmy was watching how Manning was personally coached on his technique and plays. Here was the best quarterback in the league working with coaches to improve his game. Manning is not alone in having coaches work to make him better. The best always work to get better.
What is the value of a good coach?
- They stretch us to do what we did not want to do or did not think we could do. Remember all those practices of doing drills over and over, again and again? We might have hated it at the time but it allowed us to compete more effectively. The same is true in your ministry. Sometimes a coach can prod or push you in areas where you really don’t want to go.
- They see what we cannot see. How many times has the coach in the press box seen what the quarterback on the field could not see? It is a matter of perspective. Sometimes in our ministry we are too close to the field and need a set of fresh eyes with a press box advantage to see what we cannot see.
- They have experience where we lack experience. The best coaches I had always had a wealth of experience that I did not have. Many of them were first players and then they had years of experience coaching. Nothing beats having someone with experience beside you. As you face the challenges of growth in your ministry do you have someone to help you?
- They hold us accountable. How many athletes would practice full speed without the coach holding them accountable? Coaches hold us accountable in the areas that we often over look or neglect. In ministry the same is true. Often we need someone to remind us to do what perhaps we might not be comfortable with or really like to do.
- They make us better than we would be without them. I have seen teams and players that for all practical purposes did not have a coach. The players did what they wanted to do and the end result was that they never lived up to their potential. Having a coach makes a huge difference! Could you not also benefit from a coach in your ministry?
Here is what three of my clients recently sent me with regards to my coaching of them…
“Mark Brooks coaching has provided for us an incredible depth of knowledge, intriguing insights, and does it all in an interesting way. As a former Pastor, his theology of stewardship comes only from the Word of God, being interpreted through the context of the local church. Mark communicates with people and churches with both conviction and compassion. You will not be disappointed with Mark Brooks,”
Dr. Ronnie W. Floyd, Senior Pastor Cross Church one of the largest churches in America and newly elected President of the National Day of Prayer
“Mark Brooks has been a key partner as we have grown from 200 to over 2,000. During that time our giving has increased by over 200% AND we have raised millions in capital campaigns. His coaching with wisdom, knowledge and insight remain invaluable.”
Shane Bishop Senior Pastor Christ Church one of the fastest growing UMC churches in America
“Mark Brooks has coached our church raise millions of dollars in both capital campaigns and for our yearly budget. His coaching has helped lighten my load as a pastor and made me more effective in ministry. I am blessed to not only call him my stewardship coach but also my friend.”
James Washington Senior Pastor Phillips Temple one of the largest African American churches in America
These guys are some of the best at what they do and yet they are working to get better. They each have seen the value of having a stewardship coach. What about you? Who coaches you?
Mark Brooks – The Stewardship Coach