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How to Be a Better Church Planter: Get a Coach!

Justin Juntunen

Justin Juntunen

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Are you church planting? You need a coach. Really. You may have other helpful people in your life—role models, mentors, friends—who support and encourage you (which is also incredibly important), but a coach fills a unique role in helping you make and pursue goals and priorities for helping your church grow and thrive.

Ed Stetzer has mentioned the importance of coaching to church planters several times in his blog. He says,

…If you are planting a church, you need a coach (yes, maybe even a paid one)…You are investing in viability. How much will it cost you personally if the church plant closes? We all know that the cost goes far beyond dollars and cents for all involved.

He goes on to say,

Church planters who met consistently with a coach led churches that averaged twice the size of those with no coach.

If you aren’t meeting with a coach, this information should give you pause. While numbers in and of themselves are not the sole measure of health, they can certainly point that way.

We believe in this so strongly that we are providing a coach to you for free. All Vineyard church planters are eligible to receive up to two years free coaching when they are starting out.

 James Choung is a new planter in L.A., and after meeting with one of our coaches for a while, he put together this video to encourage everyone to do the same. Take a look:

If you want to read more about how the coaching process works, we recently posted an article all about it.

And if you want to get in on this and see what a coach can do for you in your church planting efforts, email us at [email protected]

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