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-\\ **To: All SEND members**\\ **From: Ken Guenther**\\ **Re: comments about coaching – A monthly SEND U communication**\\ ​ \\  ​Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you! As in Far East Russia, our church'​s big public celebration of Christ'​s birth is still a week away on January 7, following the Orthodox calendar. But as a family, we joyfully celebrated Christmas on December 25, thankful that our son David was able to join us in Kiev.\\ \\  Although we don't know what lies ahead in the coming year and the new decade, we can be certain that we will see lots of change - change for SEND U as we develop its programs and training curriculums but also change for each one of us individually. Sometimes we welcome the change (after all growth requires change), and at other times, we wish things could stay the same for a little while longer. But regardless, change is inevitable and at times, it seems that change is the only constant in our lives. Having celebrated Christmas "at home" in three different countries in the past three years, my family and I are well acquainted with change, and the stress and challenges it brings.\\ \\  But as believers in the Eternal Unchanging One, we do have significant other constants in our lives. The Word of God is our anchor in the midst of the storms of change in our culture, our ministry and in our personal lives. We come back to the Scriptures to regain a sense of stability (God is in charge of His world), as well as a standard by which we can evaluate proposals for change.\\ ​ One of those proposals for change that needs to be examined in the light of God's Word is the whole concept of coaching. The International Coach Federation now has more than 15,000 credentialed coaches, serving in 90 different countries. The profession continues to grow at a rate of 20% per year, and coaching today is a billion dollar industry. The church has been slower than business in adopting coaching, but already you can find all kinds of websites promoting "​Christian coaching"​ or coaching for missionaries. But popularity should not determine whether we buy in or not. Is coaching just a fad adopted from business, or does this method have sound theological underpinnings?​ As Christians, particularly Christians whose calling is centered on the proclamation of the Good News, we value truth-telling,​ and often we are suspicious of methods that are non-directive. We must ask (and answer) the question of whether coaching is biblical. Although we probably would not demand chapter and verse where Jesus or the apostle Paul advocate coaching, we do expect that any method we use to help people to grow will be clearly built on biblical foundations.\\ \\  It seems to me that at least three assumptions provide a solid biblical foundation for coaching\\ +====== Comments on Coaching - December 2009 ====== 
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 +Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you! As in Far East Russia, our church'​s big public celebration of Christ'​s birth is still a week away on January 7, following the Orthodox calendar. But as a family, we joyfully celebrated Christmas on December 25, thankful that our son David was able to join us in Kiev.\\ 
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 +Although we don't know what lies ahead in the coming year and the new decade, we can be certain that we will see lots of change - change for SEND U as we develop its programs and training curriculums but also change for each one of us individually. Sometimes we welcome the change (after all growth requires change), and at other times, we wish things could stay the same for a little while longer. But regardless, change is inevitable and at times, it seems that change is the only constant in our lives. Having celebrated Christmas "at home" in three different countries in the past three years, my family and I are well acquainted with change, and the stress and challenges it brings.\\ 
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 +But as believers in the Eternal Unchanging One, we do have significant other constants in our lives. The Word of God is our anchor in the midst of the storms of change in our culture, our ministry and in our personal lives. We come back to the Scriptures to regain a sense of stability (God is in charge of His world), as well as a standard by which we can evaluate proposals for change.\\ 
 +One of those proposals for change that needs to be examined in the light of God's Word is the whole concept of coaching. The International Coach Federation now has more than 15,000 credentialed coaches, serving in 90 different countries. The profession continues to grow at a rate of 20% per year, and coaching today is a billion dollar industry. The church has been slower than business in adopting coaching, but already you can find all kinds of websites promoting "​Christian coaching"​ or coaching for missionaries. But popularity should not determine whether we buy in or not. Is coaching just a fad adopted from business, or does this method have sound theological underpinnings?​ As Christians, particularly Christians whose calling is centered on the proclamation of the Good News, we value truth-telling,​ and often we are suspicious of methods that are non-directive. We must ask (and answer) the question of whether coaching is biblical. Although we probably would not demand chapter and verse where Jesus or the apostle Paul advocate coaching, we do expect that any method we use to help people to grow will be clearly built on biblical foundations.\\ 
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 +It seems to me that at least three assumptions provide a solid biblical foundation for coaching
  
   - Each person'​s ministry, calling, and giftedness is individual and unique (1 Cor. 3:5-6, Rom. 12:4-6, 1 Cor. 12:4-10). God works in different ways in each person. Coaches cannot assume that what works for them will also work for their coachees. Therefore the coach encourages and helps the coachee to come up with his or her own ideas and plans for growth and development,​ rather than simply relying on the ideas of others or copying what the coach or someone else has done.   - Each person'​s ministry, calling, and giftedness is individual and unique (1 Cor. 3:5-6, Rom. 12:4-6, 1 Cor. 12:4-10). God works in different ways in each person. Coaches cannot assume that what works for them will also work for their coachees. Therefore the coach encourages and helps the coachee to come up with his or her own ideas and plans for growth and development,​ rather than simply relying on the ideas of others or copying what the coach or someone else has done.
   - Each person is responsible before God for his or her life and his or her choices (Romans 14:12, 2 Cor. 5:10). Coaches seek to strengthen that sense of personal responsibility and accountability. Good coaches refuse to take responsibility for solving the coachee'​s problems or making their decisions. Coachees realize that if they want the coaching to be profitable, they needs to take initiative and complete their action steps. This deepened sense of personal accountability is often identified by the coachees as being the most helpful part of the coaching relationship.   - Each person is responsible before God for his or her life and his or her choices (Romans 14:12, 2 Cor. 5:10). Coaches seek to strengthen that sense of personal responsibility and accountability. Good coaches refuse to take responsibility for solving the coachee'​s problems or making their decisions. Coachees realize that if they want the coaching to be profitable, they needs to take initiative and complete their action steps. This deepened sense of personal accountability is often identified by the coachees as being the most helpful part of the coaching relationship.
   - Every Christian is indwelt by the Spirit and personally receives illumination and guidance into God's truth (John 14:26, 1 John 2:27, 2 Tim 3:16-17, Phil. 1:6). Through the Scriptures, the Spirit is already at work in the believer’s life to bring about life maturity. So often it is not necessary to tell a person what to do; God is already addressing these areas in the person’s life, and he or she just needs encouragement and help to implement what the Spirit through the Word is already saying to him or her. The coach seeks to cooperate with the Spirit’s work in that person’s life by helping them gain clarity in understanding what God is teaching them and how to put these lessons into practice in their particular context.   - Every Christian is indwelt by the Spirit and personally receives illumination and guidance into God's truth (John 14:26, 1 John 2:27, 2 Tim 3:16-17, Phil. 1:6). Through the Scriptures, the Spirit is already at work in the believer’s life to bring about life maturity. So often it is not necessary to tell a person what to do; God is already addressing these areas in the person’s life, and he or she just needs encouragement and help to implement what the Spirit through the Word is already saying to him or her. The coach seeks to cooperate with the Spirit’s work in that person’s life by helping them gain clarity in understanding what God is teaching them and how to put these lessons into practice in their particular context.
-\\  ​Coaching is obviously not the only method to help people to grow and develop, nor is it always the best method for any particular missionary. But I believe it is in harmony with Scripture and with the way that God works in the lives of those He has called to serve Him, and that for many of us, it would prove to be a great help in our growth and development.\\ \\  For those of you who would like to learn more about how to use coaching within SEND, let me recommend an upcoming webinar on coaching on January 7 at 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time. The Mission Exchange is sponsoring the webinar ​and details can be found at [[http://​www.themissionexchange.org/​downloads/​webinar-01-07-09.pdf|http://​www.themissionexchange. org/​downloads/​webinar-01-07- 09.pdf]]. Linda Miller, an experienced coach, and an author and trainer in the area of coaching, will be a presenter in this webinar. For all SEND members from the USA and Canada, this webinar is free of charge, since both SEND USA and SEND Canada are associate members of the Mission Exchange.\\ \\  Again, if you think that coaching might help you move forward at this stage in your life and ministry, let me know, and I will try to connect you with someone that would be willing to coach you for the next few months.\\ \\  that others might lead,​\\ ​ Ken\\ \\ [[comments_on_coaching|return to main list ]]+ 
 +Coaching is obviously not the only method to help people to grow and develop, nor is it always the best method for any particular missionary. But I believe it is in harmony with Scripture and with the way that God works in the lives of those He has called to serve Him, and that for many of us, it would prove to be a great help in our growth and development. \\  \\ For those of you who would like to learn more about how to use coaching within SEND, let me recommend an upcoming webinar on coaching on January 7 at 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time. The Mission Exchange is sponsoring the webinar. Linda Miller, an experienced coach, and an author and trainer in the area of coaching, will be a presenter in this webinar. For all SEND members from the USA and Canada, this webinar is free of charge, since both SEND USA and SEND Canada are associate members of the Mission Exchange. \\  \\ Again, if you think that coaching might help you move forward at this stage in your life and ministry, let me know, and I will try to connect you with someone that would be willing to coach you for the next few months. \\  \\ that others might lead, \\ Ken \\  \\ [[:comments_on_coaching|return to main list ]] 
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