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 things I should and shouldn’t do. It was humbling as often my instincts were wrong and my coach gently corrected me.

– Coaching helps me avoid ministry potholes. This was big for me. It seemed as if God timed the monthly sessions just as I was about to do something I thought was right. But then my coach would show me a better way, a way that helped me avoid potential potholes that would have hurt or even ended my plan. I always walked away with a better plan. Why? My coach had already been down the road and knew the best way.

– Coaching provides me monthly accountability. As much as I learned from the calls, I realized I needed the calls even if I wasn’t learning anything. The calls gave me a monthly red mark in my calendar to get things done and stay on track. No wonder the first three years of our church was statistically our fastest growing period.

I learned much more but these were the main things. How about you? Have you ever considered a formal pastor-to-pastor coaching relationship?

Looking back, my experience was successful because:

A) I was ready and wanted to grow.
B) I was humble enough to submit to the coaching process.
C) I was open to new ideas and a better road map.

For me, coaching accelerated my growth and the growth of the church God had called me too. I later learned that coaching, on average, accelerates you at least 30% faster than doing it by yourself.

After my personal experience with coaching and the growth of our church, pastors started asking me to coach them. I’ll tell you that story next week.

To fast forward, since 2004, I’ve coached over 2100+ pastors and seen them experience tremendous growth. I’ve developed a road map that any pastor of any size and denomination can benefit.

More next week. Thanks for reading.

Click here to read the first of this two-part series.

Your friend and fellow pastor,


P.S.  My latest and most updated Coaching network – which I am calling Senior Pastor Gold Coaching –  is starting in one month on Tues, March 6. Will you pray about joining and check out what’s involved at

I’m accepting 30 pastors and there are some cool bonuses for early action.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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