The purpose of coaching is helping someone succeed. And what is success? It's finding out what God wants you to do and then doing it.
SMD Coaching Network's mission is to train and develop quality coaches and promote the value of coaching to the people served by the Southern Missouri District.
Success will certainly look different with different people, but it will all be tied into accomplishing biblical mission. Far from a top-down program designed to accomplish pre-conceived ends, coaching empowers each individual believer to listen to the Spirit of God and act in accordance with the unique mission they sense God calling them toward. Coaching is essentially listening to the Spirit and taking action accordingly, with a structure of accountability already built in.
The mission of SMD Coaching Network is two-fold:
ONE is to multiply quality coaches, making a coach available to every minister and congregation within our reach.
We believe training is crucial to providing quality. We recommend and utilize Insight Coaching STL's training program for all our Network coaches. This training provides 32-hours of instruction focused on the core building blocks of coaching effectiveness, coaching practice, and classes for specific skills specialization. Quality coaching is about much more than individual skills - it’s about orchestrating those skills together to accomplish a process. In other words, developing competencies that allow the skills to effectively meet the practical and spiritual needs of those being coached.
TWO is to promote coaching as a valuable tool that will benefit individuals as well as leadership teams.
How can you really make a sustainable difference in critical areas like leadership development, church health, and church multiplication? Coaching can function effectively as the core discipline for engaging high quality growth in these areas. It provides the infrastructure and momentum for seeing biblical mission carried out, for seeing new leaders developed from within our district, for seeing churches grow in health and effectiveness, for seeing churches taking root in local communities through anointed spiritual leaders.
Imagine the strength of having coaches available at every level of our district so everyone is getting the help, connection, and resourcing they need-- new church planters, revitalization pastors, local church pastors, pastors' wives, leadership teams...even new converts in the local church. Imagine the potential for growth!
Imagine your own potential for growth as your coach helps you find a way to get where you want to go. Through the art of focused listening, powerful questions, and strategic insights, a coach helps you get moving and accomplish your goals.
Our Vision: Every leader needs to be coached; every leader needs to become a trained coach.
The General Council of the Assemblies of God
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