What Is Coaching?

Steve Ogne wrote, “Mentors pour their best into a leader…Coaches pull the best out of a leader.”  In The Wesleyan Church we believe in our pastors and our church planters and we want to help you develop your God given potential so that you can make a valuable contribution to Kingdom of God.

We believe that coaching is essential when it comes to sending out church planters in Canada.  Thomas Leonard, Founder of Coach University said, “Having a coach is like having a base camp when you are trying to scale the peaks. You keep coming back down to assess the route and get refocused on what’s important.” 

A great C*O*A*C*H….  

Comes alongside…as one who wants the best for both the person and their project.
Observes carefully…and helps identify Outcomes.
Asks questions wisely…listening more than telling
Clarifies options and resources…helping think beyond first “visible” impressions to other viable options
Holds accountable and cares for the Heart…so leaders can grow personally, be more effective and make their maximum impact for the Kingdom.” (Tim Roehl)

Coaching is a relational and intentional process that empowers leaders to discover where God is working in their life and ministry, discern opportunities and develop action steps to see God’s agenda become reality.

Coaching is often equated with mentoring, counseling, discipling, training and consulting.  Great coaching skills connects to all those other skills yet has some distinct qualities.  For example, one of the simplest ways to describe the difference between mentoring and coaching is “Mentors pour in, coaches pull out.”  In our coach training, we help leaders understand the unique skills of coaching and how those skills makes all other ministries more effective.

Why is Coaching So Powerful?

Coaches help people discover where they best fit and flourish and grow personally, gain skills and perform at a higher level, live with greater sense of purpose and make their ultimate contribution to the Kingdom of God.

Studies and stories show the power of coaching:

  • Coaching increases the value of training by 400%, helping people put into practice what they’ve learned four times more effectively.
  • Coaching is a key factor for churches in the missional health process and church planting success.  Denominations that have intentional systems for assessing, coaching and training have seen success rates for new churches rise from 30-50% to 80-90%.
  • Stories from leaders who have greatly benefitted from being coached abound.  Here is a common testimony: “I’ve planted a church without a coach and planted with a coach…and I’ll never plant a church again without a coach!”

What Happens in a Coaching Conversation?

Coaching conversations are flow out of relationships of mutual trust, connection, encouragement and accountability between leader and coach.  A coach enters the leader’s world, helps the leader set the agenda and focus for that conversation and walks with them through an intentional process where the leader determines their action steps and has a game plan to move forward.  It is amazing to see how the Holy Spirit guides these conversations to bring discovery, clarity, hope and intentionality for the leader.

Here is the guideline a coach might follow in a typical coaching conversation:

Listen, care, celebrate…taking time to connect to see how God is at work in the leader’s life, family and ministry and to update the progress the leader is making from previous coaching visits.  A coach is paying attention to the whole world of the leader.


Goal—clarifies the purpose and priority of the coaching visit.  Key questions: What is our focus for today?  What result would you like to get from our conversation?

Reality—helps the leader discern and paint a clear picture of what’s going on in the situation.

Options—helps the leader discover the possibilities that could become the solutions for that situation.

Will—empowers the leader to develop action steps to move forward.


Other resources and coach training are available by contact Rev. Mark Parker, Director of Church Multiplication. His email address is MISSIONAL.CANADA@GMAIL.COM

***Follow this link to our upcoming Coach Training Workshop.