Everyone Needs a Coach (Part 3 of 3)

Everyone needs a coach but it can’t be just any ole coach. That was the point of Part 2 yesterday. But today, I want to share a very important stat with you: THIRTY PERCENT. Study after study on coaching has shown that, on average, working with a coach will improve everything you do by 30%, including: – your speed of … Read More

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Everyone Needs a Coach (Part 2 of 3)

Yesterday I shared how even athletes at the top of their game still have a coach and how we as ministry leaders, who are in a profession (calling) far more intense than even the most elite athletes, also need a coach. But . . . we need the right kind of coach. Everyone needs a coach but it can’t be … Read More

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Everyone Needs a Coach (Part 1)

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve shared how coaching impacted my life and also about how I started coaching pastors (I’ve personally coached 2100+ pastors since 2004). This week I’d like to get more direct (with your permission) and challenge you to step up and join my new Gold Coaching Network for Senior Pastors that begins on Tuesday, March … Read More

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How I Started Coaching Pastors (Part 2 of 2)

Yesterday I told you how I coached my first 200 pastors by traveling around the country during one frantic week a month. I learned a lot from these first 200 pastors. It was during this time that: – I developed my proprietary approach to coaching based on the Eight Systems of a Healthy Church. Some of those early coaching members are still engaged today and … Read More

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How I Started Coaching Pastors (Part 1 of 2)

Last week I told you how having a coach during the first few years of The Journey helped me avoid serious potholes while accelerating my personal growth and the growth of the church (these three items are the consistent results of my current coaching networks too — more on that later): Today, I want to tell you how I — … Read More

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My First Coaching Experience (Part 2)

My first pastor-to-pastor coaching relationship, which I talked about yesterday,  taught me a lot. Here are three truths I learned about coaching (I think these lessons will help you too, please keep reading) – Coaching gives me a road map to faster growth and health. A road map that would normally take me years to discover myself. My coach showed me specific … Read More

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Full House, Powerful Talks – LIVE from the Renegade Pastors Conference

Here in Orlando, I’ve been honored to spend three days leading the Renegade Pastors Conference, with over 250 pastors from every area of the country and even outside the US. And what have we been focusing on? Ways to abandon average in life and ministry — from facing your fear of criticism head-on to taking time to replenish your own soul. Just some of the content … Read More

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LIVE from Orlando – Best Tweets @ the Renegade Pastors Conference

I’m writing to you in the middle of our BIGGEST 3-day Renegade Pastors Conference yet! Over 250 pastors have descended upon sunny Walt Disney World, Orlando to join me and and all-star line-up of speakers, including Dr. Thom Rainer and Lance Witt. And a few have been tweeting live from the conference because in addition to the great sessions, this … Read More

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Lessons from Lyle Schaller

Considered the preeiminent church consultant of the last century, Lyle Schaller passed away on March 18 this year at 91. If there were one, he would win the Guinness Book of World Records award for most parishes consulted – with thousands and thousands of visits! Here’s a snapshot of some ideas we can glean from Schaller that I shared recently … Read More

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Senior Pastor Success Story: Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas has led Breckenridge United Methodist Church in Breckenridge, MI since 2013; it is the first church where he has served as pastor. He is a member of my Renegade Pastors Network and upgraded to Senior Pastor Coaching in February. I am thrilled to see pastors like Paul so committed to abandoning average and making incredible changes in his … Read More

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