Anthony Orzo, Kyle Whitehead, Bradley Robinson and myself spent the day in Orlando for a Gospel Coach Workshop with Scott Thomas, Director of the Acts 29 Network. Thomas co-authored a book on how to coach/mentor disciples with Gospel intentionality and centrality. Gospel Coach integrates three types of mentoring relationships into one coaching relationship. A Gospel Coach serves as a discipler, a spiritual guide, and a coach. We were challenged today and thoroughly enjoyed each others’ company.
We’re looking forward to implementing some of what we learned at CCC & Restoration so we can be better at making disciples who glorify God. Here are seven key things I personally took from the book/workshop:
1. Every leader needs a coach.
2. A Gospel Coach shepherds the sheep through four key principles: 1) Know the Sheep. 2) Feed the Sheep. 3) Lead the Sheep. 4) Protect the Sheep.
3. A Gospel Coach doesn’t simply hang out over coffee or lunch with the disciple, rather intentionally walks toward a goal by accomplishing objectives.
4. “The Gospel is the motive and means for all we do in life and in ministry. When both coach and ministry leader are operating under the influence of the Holy Spirit, applying the Gospel Story to each other’s life, praying together, encouraging one another, and allowing the coach’s influence to examine the heart motivation while also applying any necessary skill training, God is glorified, and the Kingdom is advanced.” p. 33
5. Where typical coaching has fallen short by the problem is out there and the answer is inside, a Gospel Coach understands the human condition and knows the problem is inside and the answer is only in the Gospel. “The Gospel is the ultimate solution for every problem and issue we face and is obviously something outside of ourselves. Jesus Christ possesses the Gospel. It is the supernatural power of God graciously given to us by the His Spirit.” p. 41
6. The Gospel Coach is to produce a disciple who “1) has his identity deeply rooted in Christ as a child of God, 2) is worshiping God with his heart, soul, spirit, and might, 3) is united with a Gospel community and, 4) is on mission to all people as a herald of the Good News of Jesus Christ.” p. 42
7. “A wise Gospel Coach will learn to distinguish between a disciple’s selfish drive and the leader’s humble passion to obediently follow God’s calling on one’s life.” p. 57
This is only hitting on about a third of the book and missing a major portion of the workshop, but without giving it all away let me encourage you to go out and buy the book if you like what you’ve read so far. The book has been bought by Zondervan so it will not be for sale for sometime but keep your eye out for it in the near future. Highly recommended to anyone who is investing in someone else and being that we are called by Jesus himself to make disciples, that would include anyone who calls themselves a Christian.