Three statistics worth reviewing on the state of the mission of Jesus include:

  • Globally, the percentage of the world’s population that have become Christian remains about the same
  • Most churches stall-out after the first generation
  • Few churches plant churches

A natural question to ask is “why?” – “Why do disciplemaking + church planting movements stall out?” Here are 10 markers that you might have observed:

  1. Convoluted understanding of what is going on in the world – this goes beyond “vision”, it has more to do with a relevant approach to making disciples that results in disciples making disciples + new churches planting churches.
  2. Stories from the good ‘ol days – recent stories of disciplemaking + church planting are non-existent.
  3. Church decline – the current models of disciplemaking + church planting have attracted the low lying fruit and it is no longer an issue of “working harder & smarter!”
  4. Financial mismanagement – more and more money is going to “church consumer-like” expenditures in exchange for disciplemaking + church planting efforts.
  5. Relational disengagement – apprentices of Jesus have stopped gathering in small groups or the groups they are meeting in have lost a missional focus.
  6. Theological apathy – an underlying theological bias that over-shadows or dismisses the need for a Savior-Redeemer.
  7. Ego-driven leadership – more attention is garnered by the personality of the leader than the pursuit of genuine Kingdom fruit. 
  8. Celebrations cease – achievements are celebrated that have little to do with the Gospel of Jesus and the making of disciples.
  9. Faulty missiology – such as:
    • an “either-or” orientation to mission e.g. local OR global mission
    • an “either-or” orientation to growth e.g. church growth (quantitative) OR church health (qualitative)
    • an “either-or” orientation to outreach e.g. attractional OR missional
  10. Apostate teaching – Gospel-centric focus has been lost in the cultural distractions of secular thinking

This is certainly not meant to be an exhaustive list.  But it does capture some of the essential reason that stall-out disciplemaking + church planting movements, from my experience.  You probably have others that you would include in the list…

I’d love to read some of your views.

  • Does this match-up with your experience?
  • What’s missing?

Please continue the conversation below and feel free to share this with you friends.

Following are three observations “from the trenches” that are worth paying attention to if you have any interest, or concern over disciple-making movements.  This is real data extracted from reliable resources.  My goal is to clearly state the problem.

I hope you find the information helpful as we continue the mission of Jesus to make disciples…

Globally, the percentage of the world’s population that have become Christian is about the same today as it was 100 years ago

  • Approximately 32% of the global population was Christian in 1910 vs. 35% in 2010. The research also shows there has been a shift regionally, which is interesting to note; lower percentage of Christians in Europe and the Americas vs. an increase in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific, while the Middle East-North Africa has remained about the same – see Global Christianity – A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian by The Pew Research Center.

Most churches stall-out after the first generation

Few churches plant churches

  • Most disconcerting is that of the new churches planted in 2012; only 22% had started at least one daughter church within 5 years of existence – see Multiplication Today, Movements Tomorrow by Ed Stetzer & Daniel Im (p.14).
    • The 5-year window has been the “best practice” for a healthy church to plant a daughter church – see Multiplication Today, Movements Tomorrow by Ed Stetzer & Daniel Im (p.4).
    • Mac Lake suggest that only 4% of churches ever reproduce
  • Hirsch and Catchim tell us that the church in the US spends over $70 billion every decade on church plants and resources; but even so “we are experiencing decline in adherence and membership at an unprecedented rate” – see Beyond the Local Church by Sam Metcalf (p. 159).
  • This raises an important question: “With the heightened awareness of church planting as the most fruitful, God-given strategy to reach people far from Him, in combination with the resources (conferences, books and service) available; why aren’t churches able to make the shift missionally?”  See Multiplication Today, Movements Tomorrow by Ed Stetzer & Daniel Im.

Here is my attempt to state the problem of the church in the US today:

The current way we make disciples, do church & plant churches has attracted the low-lying fruit therefore,

we must introduce new ways to make disciples, do church & plant churches.

In the upcoming blogs I will reflect a bit more on these three statistics and identify the signs that lead to Movement Drift..  If it were easy, I believe we would have already figured it out with out human ingenuity.  I believe the solution lies not in our capacity to think through the solution but in our reliance on the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit first and foremost.

Please join me on the journey and participate in the conversation.

Last chance!

Apply for the Coaching Collectives.

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 next week.

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. 

Click for video.

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:

 

Developing Coaching Excellence Collective

Developing Coaching Excellence Collective

The power of the image above is the strength of the individual parts that make the whole.  Imagine if one of the rocks was slightly tilted at an angle that jeopardized the integrity of the tear-drop?  This disruption would cause it to implode.

Similarily, the three strategies below are integrated into the Developing Coaching Excellence Collective. You will discover the value of the learning community as you reflect on your coach development, receive feedback from a coach mentor and learn with, and from other coaches. It is also a great opportunity to connect with other leaders from around the world with a similar vision to catalyze disciplemaking and church planting movements.

Strategy #1: Work with a coach mentor

Strategy #2: Receive feedback

Strategy #3: Learn with and from other coaches

InFocus is excited to present an opportunity to sharpen your coaching effectiveness. The launch of the first Developing Coaching Excellence Collective is September 2018. This Collective is designed to assist leaders who coach disciplemakers and church planting/multiplication leaders by creating a compelling and fruitful environment for you to grow your coaching muscle.  

Why do I need a Church Planting Collective?

  • Relationally: Stay on-mission through the support of the Collective Coaching community & 1-1 coaching.  The reality is, most leaders who are catalyzing disciplemaking & church planting movements using a coach approach, feel isolated.  One of the bi-products of the Collective is the support that participant’s receive.  
  • Strategically: Reproduce disciples, leaders & churches into the third & fourth generation.  One of the challenges for leaders using a coach approach who have a vision for multiplication, is moving beyond growth by addition to multiplication.  The strategic shift involved is supported by the work of the Collective. 

Who is a good Collective participant?

  • Humility – leaders who are open to knew ideas
  • Hunger- leaders who are motivated to grow in their understanding and practice of coaching
  • Emotional Intelligence – leaders with a high level of self-awareness.

How the Developing Coaching Excellence Collective works?

LEARNING COMMUNITY

  • 3-12 participants
  • Meet four (4) times
  • 60-minutes each

INDIVIDUAL COACHING

  • 1-1
  • Meet six (6) sessions
  • 60-minutes each

What will be required?

Learning is maximized while you coach disciplemaking & church planting/multiplication leaders.  The power of the Collective is that you will strengthen your coaching muscle as you are in the process of coaching leaders.  The learning that you glean from the interactions in the learning community & 1-1 coaching can be applied immediately into the coaching relationships you are actively engaged.

Here are some of the resources that we will be using in the Collective:

  • Developing Coaching Excellence Handbook
  • Online 360-Degree Coach Assessment
  • Online Coaching tool

What are the next steps?

Register here

  • $997 per participant + group discounts available upon request

Schedule first coach appointment

  • You will be contacted to schedule the first coach appointment with your coach mentor.

Block-out four group sessions @ 8:30am PST

  • Session #1: September 10, 2018
  • Session #2: October 8, 2018
  • Session #3: November 5, 2018
  • Session #4: December 3, 2018

It would be a privilege to have you join the Developing Coaching Excellence Collective.  Sign-ups will continue through August and registration closes on September 1.  

Click here if you have questions or are interested in more information. 

Strategy #3: Learn with and from other coaches

Strategy #3: Learn with and from other coaches

  • Strategy #1: Work with a coach mentor
  • Strategy #2: Receive feedback
  • Strategy #3: Learn with and from other coaches

What do you need to do, to take your coaching to the next level?

Learning Communities provide a great opportunity for leaders to learn with and from other coaches-in-training.

Christian Pulisic is a 19-year-old American soccer player that has made a name for himself with the German “Bundesliga” club – Borussia Dortmund.  At a very early age, he realized the impact of being around other players and coaches who were more experienced, more accomplished and more motivated to succeed.  Dortmund is known as a club that develops players, a sort of farm system or learning community to help players progress and take their game to the next level!

When leaders participate in a “learning community” to develop their coaching skills, mutual learning occurs when three virtues are shared with participants:

  1. Humility – leaders who are open to knew ideas
  2. Hunger- leaders who are motivated to grow in their understanding and practice of coaching
  3. Emotional Intelligence – leaders with a high level of self-awareness.

How can you truly become a world-class coach?

In 2007 a member of my board, Linda Miller asked me about certification. For those who don’t know, Linda is a pioneer in the coaching industry. As a consulting partner, trainer, and team facilitator with the Ken Blanchard Organization she has coached leaders around the world. Linda helped establish the International Coach Federation to raise the caliber of coaching worldwide. When she asked me that question, it caused me to think. 

As a result, I started my journey to develop my coaching skills. I’m not suggesting that people in ministry need certification. However, I am encouraging you as a leader who empowers disciplemakers, leaders and church planters, to take your development seriously.  If you are satisfied with the results you are getting and seeing disciples, leaders and church planters reproduce into the third and fourth generation – by all means, keep doing what you are doing; if not, you might want to consider raising your coaching game!

When should you take the next step in your development as a coach?

InFocus is excited to present an opportunity to sharpen your coaching effectiveness. The launch of the first Developing Coaching Excellence Collective is September 2018. This Collective is designed to assist leaders who coach disciplemakers and church planting/multiplication leaders.  Last week I introduced my co-facilitator, Mukesh Azad, who is an Indian living in Delhi and leading a Business as Mission initiative.  He brings a refreshing view how his coaching business serves as a platform to enter communities while incarnating the gospel and being on-mission.  The more I witness the work of God around the world, the more I see God mobilizing people who are working in the marketplace use their gifts while making disciples and planting churches.  Read more about Mukesh and his expertise at the bottom of this page.  

I would consider it a privilege if you were able to join us.  Click here if you have questions or are interested in more information. 

3 STRATEGIES TO GROW YOUR COACHING MUSCLE

3 STRATEGIES TO GROW YOUR COACHING MUSCLE

Do you remember your first shot?  You were reassured; “it will only sting a little bit”.  Feedback is sometimes like that.

Here are three strategies to develop your coaching muscle:

STRATEGY #1: Work with a coach mentor

STRATEGY #2: Ask For & Receive Feedback

STRATEGY #3: Learn with and from other coaches

I’ve discovered that the feedback I receive is mostly appreciated – usually helpful.

I remember the feedback on my coaching through a formal, written assessment – from two experienced assessors. The introduction to the report was brutal. So harsh, that I put the report down. Weeks later when I picked-up the document again; I found their recommendations extremely helpful. However, I had some questions.

During my internal struggle to gain perspective, I missed the window of opportunity for inquiry to engage the assessors. Lesson learned!  If you are going to ask for feedback, be open to criticism.

Be prepared to accept what is genuinely helpful and reject feedback that does not accurately represent your experience and reality. Incidentally, this is a skill called “Self-Assessing” that is measured in the Online 360-degree Coach Assessment that I mention below.

There exists countless ways to receive feedback on your coaching. You can receive informal or formal feedback. In person, real-time or written. I have used and found each mode helpful.

I tend to lean on two types of feedback:

  • Real-time observation:  

Small group, triads and 1-1 coaching sessions provide an opportunity for real-time feedback. The “fish-bowl” of group coaching gives participants opportunities to practice their coaching with timely feedback from individual of the group as well as a competent assessor. In addition, when asked in a 1-1 coaching session, feedback can requested to give you a sense of how you are helping the other person through listening and asking questions (for instance).

  • Qualitative Assessment:

Using a 90-degree, 180 or Online 360-degree Coach Assessment; coaches solicit feedback from people they have coached. Multiple people are asked to assess the leader using the Online Coach Assessment 360-degree how she/he demonstrated the essential skills of coaching. The result is a clarifying experience.

The combination of soft + hard data; group + individual; real-time + deferred; makes for a robust experience to develop your coaching excellence.

InFocus is excited to give you an opportunity to sharpen your coaching effectiveness. The launch of the first Developing Coaching Excellence Collective is September 2018. This is uniquely designed to assist leaders who coach disciplemakers and church planter/multiplication leaders.

Since certification is a priority for some, the 10 hours of the Developing Coaching Excellence Collective are applicable to the International Coach FederationCoach Mentor Requirement for the:

  • Associate Certified Coach – ACC
  • Professional Certified Coach – PCC
  • Master Certified Coach – MCC.

If this is a need you have and would like more information, please contact me direct – click InFocus.

Here are a couple of related resources:

MANAGING POOR PERFORMANCE STORYBOARD

MANAGING POOR PERFORMANCE: COACHING GUIDE WITH STORYBOARD

POOR PERFORMANCE HANDLING STYLE MINI-PROFILE

MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVENESS PROFILE – SELF

MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVENESS PROFILE – 180

MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVENESS PROFILE – 360