I’ve loved being a coach for the 20+ years I’ve been doing it, but lately I really love being a coach. It means having a front row seat to seeing some amazing breakthroughs with the people I’m working with. Because I honor confidentiality I can’t share specifics, but lately I’ve seen some truly profound breakthrough insights that would not have happened without coaching.
I’ve always said that we should follow where God is blessing and be a part of the work he’s doing, and lately coaching is where I’ve really seen God blessing. Coaching really makes a difference and is truly worth the investment.
Yesterday, we heard from Brian Williamson. The book he’s been using in his ministry is called Building a Discipling Culture. One of the really helpful things in this book is the quadrant it provides for exploring the invitation-challenge model. In the context of highly supportive and highly challenging ministry, disciples are empowered. In light of the matrix below, what kind of discipling environment are you shaping?
HIGH INVITATION + HIGH CHALLENGE = EMPOWERED/DISCIPLING
HIGH INVITATION + LOW CHALLENGE = COZY/CONSUMER
LOW INVITATION + HIGH CHALLENGE = STRESSED/DISCOURAGED
LOW INVITATION + LOW CHALLENGE = BORING/APATHETIC
Today some thoughts from Brian Williamson, Lead Pastor of The Bridge Bible Church, a decentralized networked approach in Somerset, WI. Their church’s vision is to lead everyone toward full life development in Jesus through missional communities.
“We’ve benefited from using the word discipling instead of discipleship for these reasons: Discipling is a verb. Discipleship is a noun. Discipling is active. Disciple-ship is passive. Disciple-ship in my mind invokes the image of a luxury cruise liner that takes forever to turn, whose participants are passive recipients of information. When we talk, we use the language of discipling to promote the active and participatory aspects of working out the implications of new life in Jesus.