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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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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