A professional coach is a personal change expert. Coaches help people like you grow faster, understand themselves more deeply, and live out god's purpose with greater effectiveness and fulfillment. In the same way that a personal trainer helps a pro athlete maximize performance, a personal coach can help you take you r life or ministry to a whole new level.
A coach is not an expert in a certain field who gives you advice (that's consulting), or a professional who prescribes what you need to become a whole person (that's counseling. Neither is a coach someone more senior than you who is imparting to you what God has placed in him or her (that's mentoring). Instead, coaches are change experts who help you develop a unique solution that works for your individual situation.
Below are four key characteristics that taken together set coaching apart from counseling, teaching or mentoring:
The answer is, "Just about anything!" Performance coaching does just what its name says: it helps you increase your performance. Or you can work at discovering your destiny, organizing your life, getting into an exercise program, refocusing on your priorities, revamping your prayer life you only need to answer the question, "What do I want to do different?"
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Coaching Pastors 2005
"Sometimes I wonder if I'm making progress, but then I look back to where I was at 5 months ago and think, man, I've grown more in the last 5 months than in the previous 5 years."