Donald McGavran cited the “professionalisation of ministry” as one of the top challenges for the ongoing cultivation of a movement (“Understanding Church Growth” pgs. 163-164). Specifically, the aspirational goal for credentialed and paid, vocational ministers and missionaries can be detrimental to the very things we need to be doing as apprentices of Jesus. Disciplemaking and church planting are oftentimes lost in the “busyness” of qualifying for, earning an income and doing ministry.

The professional minister is good and necessary – in some cases. In other situations, the pathway to credentialization, the schooling required and financial incentive that many aspire to in ministry, can detract from the making of disciples, caring for the poor and the planting of churches. I wonder how this model influences our understanding of ministry?

I believe the phrase that Neil Cole coined can be helpful: lower the bar of leadership and raise the bar of discipleship. How does this statement influence your understanding of “ministry”.  Let me suggest five characteristics of ministry to accelerate movement.

5 Characteristics of Ministry to Accelerate Movement

Characteristic #1 – Gift-based

Ephesians 4:11-12 is one of my favorites passages. You know of others, but I like to keep things simple and believe that Alan Hirsch, and others, have thoughtful arguments that suggest all apprentices of Jesus are gifted accordingly to one or more of the APEST giftings (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd, Teacher). Regardless if you agree with the APEST paradigm, the principle is to mobilize people according to their spiritual gifting.

  • Key Question: How are you mobilizing people?

Characteristic #2 – Maximizes ALL opportunities for spiritual fruit

Whether a person is crunching numbers or laying brick or serving in the home – we would be wise to connect what they do to help people take the next step on their spiritual journey. Too often we push aside what people do for the majority of their lives in the workplace or community, as non-ministry. The best place for apprentices of Jesus to reach people far from God is in their place of employment or in the community where they live.

  • Key Question: How are you helping people see their vocation or their service in the community as ministry?

Characteristic #3 – Progresses the movement forward

Movement is simply defined as disciples and churches reproducing into the third and fourth generation. With that as the filter it helps prioritize where to commit time and resources. The real challenge is when other good opportunities are presented that appear good and right but at the expense of movement-building activity.

  • Key Question: How are you progressing you movement forward?

Characteristic #4- Kingdom-focused

The Kingdom of God is not destined for a single church or denomination; it is the reign of Jesus in every nook and cranny of society. This encompasses the three primary institutions addressed in Scripture: the family, government and the local church (including para-church, mission socientes and networks or denominations). For heaven’s sake, we need participation in all sectors of society (business, education, the arts, etc) to establish the Kingdom of God!

  • Key Question: How are you helping people see that the Kingdom is bigger than the local church?

Characteristic #5 – God is glorified

In John 4: 23-24 Jesus states “…true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth“. When our acts of service are in alignment with the heart of God, it is pleasing to our Creator – this is how I would define ministry. Perhaps another way of describing ministry is to borrow John Piper’s definition of worship:

The inner essence of worship is to know God truly and then respond from the heart to that knowledge by valuing God, treasuring God, prizing God, enjoying God, being satisfied with God above all earthly things. And then that deep, restful, joyful satisfaction in God overflows in demonstrable acts of praise from the lips and demonstrable acts of love in serving others for the sake of Christ.

  • Key Question: How is God being glorified?

Once you have a moment to reflect on the five characteristics of ministry to accelerate movement., ask yourself the following questions:

  1. How do I define “ministry”?
  2. What characteristics are firmly established in my ministry?
  3. What characteristics need more attention?

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Group discounts of two or more people are available upon request.

If you have any questions, we’re here for you. You can reply to this email or give us a call at (951) 473-4481.

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Collectives will help you Grow as a Coach in Three Easy Steps

Collectives will help you Grow as a Coach in Three Easy Steps

Click here for the video explaining the 3 steps that make-up the Collective.

As my kids return home later this week from their summer internships and get ready for the fall quarter at university, I’m super excited to see them and de-brief their experiences. We’ll have three weeks together to enjoy some camping, hiking, swimming, beach days, and maybe a fire-pit or two. Both of our kids had amazing summers and I love to hear how God used them in their respective areas of focus before they go back to the grind of their studies.

I trust you are finishing your summer on a “high” note and preparing for the fall.

As you’re making your plans for the fall, I wanted to remind you about our two Collectives. Registration ends September 3rd, so if you’ve been waiting to apply, now is the time.

Here are the three easy steps that make-up the Collective:

  1. ACTIVATE your vision through individualized coaching.
  2. ASSESS your process to cultivate leaders using a coach approach.
  3. APPLY principles in your context.

Click here to read more and apply for the Developing Coaching Excellence Collective 

Click here to read more and apply for the Church Planting Coach Collective 

Group discounts of two or more people are available upon request.

If you have any questions, we’re here for you. You can reply to this email or give us a call at (951) 473-4481.

Hope to see you in a few weeks.

3 Advantages of a Coach Approach

3 Advantages of a Coach Approach

Learn how a coach approach can maximize your ministry, from Gary Reinecke – watch video.

  1. Leaders take responsibility – increases ownership for their development
  2. Your work load decreases – through delegation and empowering other leaders.
  3. Results are in God’s hands – because you can’t control the outcome of people’s actions.

As I’m writing this email, we are praying for the right people that will benefit most from the Collective experience. Have you been waiting to apply for the Developing Coaching Excellence Collective & Church Planting Coach Collective?

Now is the time!

If you’ve missed my last emails on our Collectives, here’s a quick recap:

  • They are comprised of small groups limited to 15 for an optimal learning experience
  • You’ll receive 4 group sessions (60-minutes each) of group coaching plus 6 hours of customized, individual coach mentoring to help you fine-tune your coaching skills.
  • You’ll gain a community of close friends and mentors in ministry that will be there to support you as you grow your coaching effectiveness.

Now for the best part….I have a group discount for you:

Teams of two or more that come together from the same organization, will receive a group discount.

Have questions on group discounts? Simply click here or call (951) 473.4481.

Ready to apply?

Click here to apply for the Developing Coaching Excellence Collective.

Click here to apply for the Church Planting Coaching Collective.

Feel free to forward this email along to any church planters, leaders who coach disciplemakers and church planting/multiplication leaders and entrepreneurs who use a coach approach that should know about this so that they can get the discount code.

Hope to see you this September!

3 weeks left!

3 weeks left!

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true…we’re three weeks (21 days!) away from our Sept 3rd application deadline for our fall Collectives

Learn how Collectives bring out the best in leaders, from Gary Reinecke – watch video.

Learn three benefits to the Church Planting Coach Collective, from Daniel B – watch video.

As I’m writing this email, we are praying for the right people that will benefit most from the Collective experience. Have you been waiting to apply for the Developing Coaching Excellence Collective & Church Planting Coach Collective?

Now is the time!

If you’ve missed my last emails on our Collectives, here’s a quick recap:

  • They are comprised of small groups limited to 15 for an optimal learning experience
  • You’ll receive 4 group sessions (60-minutes each) of group coaching plus 6 hours of customized, individual coach mentoring to help you fine-tune your coaching skills.
  • You’ll gain a community of close friends and mentors in ministry that will be there to support you as you grow your coaching effectiveness.

Now for the best part….I have a discount for you:

  • Apply by August 20th with promo code COLL18 and get $50 off

Ready to apply?

Click here to apply for the Developing Coaching Excellence Collective.

Click here to apply for the Church Planting Coaching Collective.

Have questions? Simply click here or give me a call at (951) 473-4481.

Feel free to forward this email along to any church planters, leaders who coach disciplemakers and church planting/multiplication leaders and entrepreneurs who use a coach approach that should know about this so that they can get the discount code.

Hope to see you this September!

5 Shifts to be a Great Coach

5 Shifts to be a Great Coach

Learn how Collectives can help you make these shifts to raise your coaching game. 

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The impact of a coach on a team is tremendous. It can make the difference between winning and losing. Think Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors.

It is the same in disciplemaking and church planting. A leader with the right approach, who has developed the necessary skills and has the temperament to coach people to take action, has a tremendous advantage.

A group I worked with recently has a number of pastors and church planters learning the art of coaching. One leader shared the dramatic change in people when he has taken the coach approach. In several conversations when he was asked for advice, he turned to the individual and challenged them to reflect and brainstorm solutions for themselves. In just about every case, the people have responded enthusiastically and taken responsibility for their actions. This is the power of a coach approach.

Making this change is significant, strategic and sacrificial. Here are five shifts that occur when a leader moves from being indispensable to an empowering leader:

  • Shift from being viewed as the expert vs. viewing the other person as the expert
  • Shift from being the center of the conversation vs. supporting the other person
  • Shift from being the advice-giver vs. listener
  • Shift from being the creator of the agenda vs.hold the other person accountable for the agenda
  • Shift from being responsible to take action vs. empower the other person to take action

What could be the impact if you were to make these shifts?

  1. You will help people think for themselves, foster a high sense of ownership and take action!.
  2. You will expand your circle of influence so that you are not the only catalyst to lead an initiative, implement change or create a new culture.
  3. You will accelerate the process of:
    • Disciplemaking
    • Leadership development
    • Church Planting

Collectives are focused learning intensives to train you, and the leaders you are empowering, in the best practices of coaching to make those shifts.

Two Collectives are being offered this fall: