Just came from our annual APEC (Asian Pastors Equipping Conference) held in Singapore. It was a very fruitful meeting. Kevin York trained the pastors and missionaries from different nations on the importance of having a coaching culture in our churches and ministries.
I am re-posting a blog from Pastor Steve Murrell:
Every Nation’s Yoda of church planting, Kevin York, is conducting a three-day “Coaching 101” seminar at our Asian Pastors Equipping Conference (APEC’09) in Singapore with 160 Asian leaders from 26 nations.
Here are some quick coaching quotes from Kevin:
1- Stats show that church-planters with a coach, build churches double the size of those without a coach in the first four years.
2- There are smart people everywhere who have all the answers, but the great need is for wisdom.
3- Smart people are known by their answers. Wise people are known by their questions.
4- Coaching is not about giving the right answers, but about asking the right questions.
5- Asking good questions forces people to think and come up with their own solutions, and it forces them to own those solutions.
6- People with all the answers are often frozen, indecisive and do nothing.
7- There were five frogs on a log. Four decided to jump off. How many were left? Five, because deciding and doing are two different things.
8- Coaching provides the accountability that helps put good decisions into action. Coaching gets the frog off the log.
9- Silence is NOT the same as listening.
10- Some silent people are not listening, but quietly plotting their response, ready to win the argument as soon as their opponent shuts up.
Steve Murrell is a missionary, pastor, and the author of “The Reluctant Leader” and “The Accidental Missionary.”