This blog entry is part of a seven-part series on some of the central principles of coaching… from the perspective of the one receiving the coaching. How can we get the most out of our coaching relationship?
Principle #6: be aware of seasons
There are different seasons for different emphases.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
One of the hindrances we have in church life is that we focus on fellowship as a priority. The result is an inward focus. We become myopic and don’t go on mission. We feel we need to get better and have a closer fellowship before we can go on mission.
Yet if we turn it around and start by going on mission, fellowship is a natural by-product. It just happens as we’re going on mission together. It’s not a matter of either/or—fellowship or mission. We want both/and: fellowship AND mission. The question is what’s the best way to go about getting both/and. If we start with mission, the fellowship comes along naturally and the bonds are stronger. Alternatively, if we start with fellowship, most of the time we never make it to the mission.