When it comes to helping pastors craft, communicate, and organize their churches around vision, few are better than Shawn Lovejoy, the Founder & CEO of CourageToLead.com.
I recommend Shawn to all church leaders who need assistance with overall church health, maintaining momentum, pastoral coaching, preaching assistance, organizational development, and mission and vision construction. If you are looking for pastoral coaching, click HERE or on the image above to reach out to Shawn and start a conversation.
Recently, he wrote a great post on why all leaders need to coach. I wanted to make his thoughts available to my audience as well. Check out Shawn’s comments below. And if you are a pastor in need of a good coach, he is a great place to start.
I just simply believe that every leader should have a coach. I’m so high maintenance I usually have 3-5 coaches regularly speaking into my own life! I process every major decision through a coach…and lots of minor decisions, as well!
Why do I believe in coaching so much? Why do I believe every leader needs a coach? In the next couple of posts, I’ll give you five reasons!
Five Reasons Every Leader Needs A Coach:
1. Coaching is Biblical.
God reminds us over again in Scripture about the importance of seeking counsel and getting advice from wise people around us. Proverbs 19:20 is a great example: “Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.” Proverbs 20:18 says “Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.” Notice it says wise advice.
We all have only 24 hours in a day and seven days in a week. Many of us at some point become overworked and underpaid. If you still feel you have some work to do to reach your career goals, perhaps it’s time to make some changes to how you are working.
Elon Musk is a brilliant businessman, engineer, and inventor who has taken the world by storm with his forward thinking. While we may not all be on the same mission, one thing that we may share is a need to improve our work-life balance as entrepreneurs.
Here’s how to get more accomplished each day, the easy way.
1. Start your day off right
Sometimes, coffee is the breakfast of champions. Billionaire Elon Musk wakes up and spends about 30 minutes addressing high-priority emails and having coffee. This allows him to start his day off on the right foot, by crossing critical tasks off his list first thing in the morning. If you’re anything like me (with a penchant for saving the most difficult tasks until the last minute), then this might be a good method to help you boost your productivity.
2. Change the way you look at social media
You hear it all the time: People say that social media marketing is the key to a successful business. Remember to keep in mind that the organic reach of social media is low and the algorithms are ever changing. If you want reach, it’s going to cost you — that’s how social media makes its money these days, after all.
Imagine the good you could accomplish if you had more influence. Imagine how you could positively impact your friends, family members, colleagues and communities if you were handed a microphone and the words you spoke were heard, understood and applied to the lives of all who heard them. You might feel like that’s an impossible scenario, but you can have greater influence in people’s lives (and it doesn’t requires a Masters Degree in Public Speaking). If you will do these five things, your influence will grow, and as a result, you’ll change the lives of those around you and change your own life in the process.
1. INVEST in people at their lowest points.
Think about the people in your own life who have the most influence on you. I would bet those people have been there for you during some of your lowest moments. Everyone wants to influence someone who is already on top. When a person is “successful” in the world’s eyes, their phone is always buzzing and their calendar is overbooked with people who want their time. If you want to have influence in a person’s life, you can’t wait to join the crowd when they’re on top; you must be willing to give them your best when they are at their worst.
I had a lot of self-righteous ideas about when my oldest daughter would get a phone.
Because of my job, I even got to write about them and give speeches about them in front of audiences. When I put my foot in my mouth, I don’t like to do it in a small way. I go all in!
I honestly thought that we probably wouldn’t get her one until she was in the 9th grade. That seemed like the best age. I had a lot of reasons for this decision and felt fairly confident about the whole thing in general.
Unfortunately, I was wrong. Very, very wrong.
My oldest daughter got a phone on her 12th birthday. That is much, much earlier than I anticipated.
Why did she get one there?
Well, I’ve shared this before, but one thing really changed the whole situation for me.
L.E., my oldest daughter, is in an awesome small group with our church. Over the years, she has really grown to love that group of girls. They have become some of her best friends.
One night, my wife said, “It’s too bad L.E. doesn’t get all those encouraging texts from her small group all week.” I didn’t know what she meant and asked her to clarify.
“Well, all week, every other girl in the group is connected to a group text. They send Bible verses and jokes and encouragement. Since L.E. doesn’t have a phone and she’s the only one without one, she misses that community.”