Pastor Brian Miller is the founder of The Crossover Church in Mattoon, IL. He is a certified trainer with Coach Approach Ministries and has earned an ACC credential with the International Coaching Federation. Brian coaches individual leaders, trains leaders to coach, and also trains churches to disciple through coaching. (www.coachingclarity.org)
Over the years, Brian has served on the boards of Coles County Habitat for Humanity and New Life for Haiti, and recently served as Co-President of the local elementary school PTO. Serving as a Field Director for the Churches of God General Conference, Brian has been given the task of creating a coaching culture throughout the denomination.
Brian believes the local church should be a source of blessing in her community. He has been married more than 20 years to the love of his life Danelle, and they have three wonderful children – Alyssa, Cayden, and Ethan.
Christian coaching is a focused Christ-centered relationship that cultivates a person or team’s sustained growth and development. Coaching focuses on the goals and development of the people being coached, with specific encouragement for sustained growth.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching this way:
Professional Coaching is an ongoing partnership that helps clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life.
Coaching is about giving support, inspiring, challenging, modeling trust and integrity, increasing the quality of communication, facilitating growth and change, and partnering for success.
The goal of coaching is the development, growth and success of those being coached, whether an individual or a team. Coaching is supportive, respectful, encouraging, curious, positive.
Coaching is all about positive movement.
For individuals, coaching involves a series of interactive conversations, usually by telephone, scheduled on a regular basis.
For teams, coaching best occurs in a retreat or conference setting where one or more days have been set aside for a specific purpose.
For individuals or team, coaching conversations are comprised of standard components designed to yield unprecedented growth and fulfilled goals:
Clarifying and focusing
Confirming the specific focus that is actionable
Exploring and identifying actions with the focus
Aligning individuals or teams around the bigger goals or organizational purpose
These components, whether used with individuals or teams, are best utilized within a relationship of
Trust Honesty Integrity Collaboration
Coaching conversations are deliberately tailored and designed for the people being coached to unlock the individual or team’s potential for continuous improvement, performance and growth.
From a personal and professional individual perspective, think about what you’re hearing from the Lord and answer the questions below:
Is it time to go further and need additional resources?
Are you willing to explore your God-given potential and begin thinking ahead?
Are you being called to restructure your life, if necessary, to achieve the goals and dreams that God has given you?
Do you want to be a visionary, and maintain a high level of accomplishment? Are you ready to stick your neck out to operate at the leading edge?
Are you willing to accept input from someone who has your best interest in mind, a person who is an advocate and who will encourage you and share insight and objective feedback with you?
Are you ready for something new and challenging?
Do you feel stagnated?
Do you have a lot of good ideas, but you’re not able to get traction with them?
Is God telling you that it’s time for a change, and you’re not quite sure what that means?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it may be good timing to work with a coach.