Coaching is the process of coming alongside a pastoral leader as a thinking partner to help them gain clarity and the continuous motivation to step into their goals and maximize their potential. Coaches adopt a coaching mindset to listen deeply, ask thought-provoking questions, help design action steps, and celebrate progress. The coaching process gets you unstuck and moving into God’s vision and mission for your life and your church. These professional-quality coaching services are currently provided to you on a pro-bono fee basis.
A coaching session is 30 minutes to an hour with a well-trained coach who listens and asks insightful questions on a topic or challenge you’ve chosen to discuss. The core of the coaching session revolves around the coach helping you process your thoughts to gain clarity and new perspectives. In this sense, when receiving coaching, you choose and then drive the topic of conversation rather than passively receiving advice from an “expert.”
A great benefit of coaching is that you are very likely to see quick, positive results as an outcome. As soon as a coaching session concludes, you can begin to implement new action steps you created during your session towards accomplishing your goals. You will also be regularly affirmed and encouraged as you work on issues where you seek improvement.
Church planters will receive six months of coaching as part of their release agreement. The Coaching Specialist will interview the church planters to match them with the best possible available coach. At the end of the six months, the coaching relationship will be evaluated by both the church planter and the coach for possible continuance.
The coaching capacity of the Multiply Vineyard Coaching Network is very fluid due to the nature of an all-volunteer coaching team. Therefore, requests from existing Vineyard pastors are encouraged but will be considered on a case-by-case basis, dependent upon the capacity of available coaches. Similar to church planters, all coaching relationships will be six months with a mutual option to renew.
Every Multiply Vineyard coach is a seasoned Vineyard church planter or pastor who has been trained in the best practices of coaching applied to church planting and church development. Currently, these best coaching practices are based upon International Coaching Federation (ICF) updated core competencies.
Harry is the Pastor of Finance Administration at the Houston Vineyard. He is also a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with International Coaching Federation (ICF) and has completed a DMin dissertation on coaching networks.