Why Youth Pastors Need More Coaching, Not Conferences!
I love conferences. They can be inspiring and practical. They get you out of your environment and give you fresh eyes for ministry. I host a conference and have taken many groups to conferences - they definitely have a purpose. Workshops are good as well. You get a longer session to study specific topics. You may even be able to interact with those speaking or learning alongside of you. I've taught many workshops over the years.
But there is nothing like coaching. Here’s why:
1. A coaching relationship is way different than anything else. Conferences may have hundreds or thousands in attendance. Workshops could have dozens. But a coaching relationship is one-on-one. Every question has a chance to be heard. Every story can be told and unpacked. It's perfectly customized to your needs and goals.
2. Coaching happens over a period of months, so there is enough time between coaching sessions that life has a chance to happen. You are actually learning while you are doing. You have time and a coaches encouragement to roll up your sleeves and let down your guard with your coach.
3. In a coaching relationship you find a safe place to discuss the unique circumstances you face without any fear of reprisal or judgment.
4. A coaching relationship allows you to get help in the areas you really need help in. It’s shaped around your context and your goals, not what the conference speaker has decided they want to talk about.
The impact of a conference lasts a few days; a workshop might benefit you for an entire season. But a healthy, well-led coaching relationship will expand your resources and gain you years of learning.
1. How do I get started?
Schedule an appointment for your first session. The first coaching session is 90 minutes long. By the end of the session we will have completed a basic leadership assessment and established 6-8 goals that we want to accomplish over a period of 6 months of coaching. The first session is free. No strings attached. It’s your change to determine if a coaching relationship is something that would be beneficial to you personally and to your ministry.
2. What is the cost and how many coaching sessions are included?
Our coaching structure involves 6 months of coaching with coaching sessions happening 2x a month for a total of 12 sessions. The cost is $50 per session for a total of $600. Sessions generally last 60 minutes.
3. Do I have to travel to a specific location for my coaching sessions?
No, but you can if you’re close by. Most of our coaching sessions happen through video chat (facetime, google chat, skype, etc…).
4. Are there any additional charges for resources that are provided?
No. If we have a resource that is helpful we send it as a part of our coaching agreement. If we are recommending you to purchase a resource or a book(s) it would be your choice if you want to make the purchase or not.
5. What happens after my 6 months of coaching?
You will have met or are close to meeting the goals that we established in your initial assessment. You will have made a great friend in your coach that will benefit your life and ministry moving forward. Additional coaching is optional on your part.