The phone rang as I settled into my office for the morning.  When I answered, the voice at the other end said, “Hey, Coach!”  It was a man who I had been coaching around some new ministry ideas.  We talked for about thirty minutes, and by the time we said good-bye, he had come up with a priority list, two action steps to complete before our next session, and a sense of excitement that he was well on his way to reaching his goals.  After scheduling our next call, I hung up the phone and smiled at his accomplishment.  He had really made great progress in a relatively short time.

The interesting thing about that conversation and others like it is that this young pastor had come up with his own plan as he drew from what he already knew to discover new ways to achieve his goals.  How did he get there?  By answering questions posed to him by his coach—questions that helped him to identify his values and prioritize important areas in his life and ministry. 

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul admonished the church to “live up to what we have already attained” (3:16).  In other words, if we would accomplish what we already know to do, we would have enough to keep us purposefully busy for a lifetime.  The problem for many of us is that we aren’t really sure about what we “have already attained.”  Many things have gotten in the way and muddied our vision.  Coaching helps us to see more clearly, to make discoveries, and to take steps forward in life and in ministry.