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June 28, 2010

Recently the church I serve at has taken a new direction in discipleship.  As a church that seeks to minister to the “unchurched” we have many people attending who have not had any prior exposure to any process of spiritual formation.  On top of this, we meet in a movie theater on Sunday’s where we have limited time to hold two services.  It’s extremely difficult to “attend” to the needs of the congregation in this type of setup.  It’s not ideal, but it’s what we’ve been given and so we’re working within the confines of our situation to promote spiritual growth.  I work with a team of people who genuinely do desire to see people grow into Christlikeness.

Our new approach involves a process of life “coaching” which the staff at our church has been undergoing training.  The simplest way to describe “coaching” is that it’s a relationship “with a purpose.”  It’s different than mentoring, consulting, or counseling, in that it does not require expertise in a given area.  It’s basically the art of asking questions to help another person see the vision of God for their lives.  It’s focused accountability.  The strength of this approach for pastors and church leaders, is that it takes the pressure of of having to have all the answers, or that nagging need to control.  In coaching, you simply help the person being coached work through what they believe the Holy Spirit is leading them to do.

In any case, we are going to be using coaching as a way of discipleship.  In a nut shell, our directions pastor will be setting up a number of spiritual formation “coaches” where people from the church can establish one-on-one relationships to work on areas of spiritual growth.  I’m excited to see what happens.

The reason I’m writing this, however, is that in order to supply our coaches with some good resources, we have made a website in which we will gather useful resources and also write articles on spiritual formation.  That’s mainly what I’ve been doing lately.  Aside from my position as music minister, I have begun to write some small articles on different aspects of spiritual growth.  It’s been extremely rewarding to do this, as I’m getting to practice my own craft, and provide something for others to benefit from (hopefully!).  So, if you want to check it out, visit here.  I’m working on the section entitled “Essential Habits.”  Currently I’m using Richard Foster’s excellent work on prayer for some small prayer articles.  We are early in this, so visit back from time to time to see how it progresses. 🙂

Blessings.

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  1. June 28, 2010 5:59

    That’s awesome! Sounds right up your alley!!

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