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Coach competency #2: Self-Assessing

Coach competency #2: Self-Assessing

This post is part of a series on the 9 competencies of an effective coach, taken originally from Developing Coaching Excellence. To see all entries in this series posted so far, you can search “coach competency” on the main page of my blog.  Jesus said, “First take...

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Coach competency #1: Abiding in Christ

Coach competency #1: Abiding in Christ

This post is part of a series on the 9 competencies of an effective coach, taken originally from Developing Coaching Excellence. To see all entries in this series posted so far, you can search “coach competency” on the main page of my blog.  Effective coaching begins...

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The 9 competencies of coaching

The 9 competencies of coaching

Welcome to a blog series on the 9 competencies of coaching. The primary source for this series is Developing Coaching Excellence and the Developing Coaching Excellence Handbook, which spring from a fairly extensive research process. Today’s introductory entry...

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Changing to connect, part 2

Changing to connect, part 2

Today’s blog entry is by guest blogger Dr. Parnell Lovelace. In order to connect to urban core of the city, our church sought to disconnect from elements that blocked impactful ministry. The church had to change to connect. Steps had to be taken to move the church...

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Changing to connect

Changing to connect

Today’s blog entry is by guest blogger Dr. Parnell Lovelace. An extraordinary trend is emerging within many urban cities and communities: churches are being planted in the urban centers of large cities in America. As many cities are redeveloping and expanding, there...

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We all need to grow in different areas

We all need to grow in different areas

To grow toward true, holistic maturity in Christ, we need to take all areas of his commands to heart. For years and years in my walk of discipleship, I mostly ignored the area of social justice. It just didn’t fit my theological paradigm, and it didn’t register that I...

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Hands, heart, head

Hands, heart, head

When we approach discipleship, we often approach it from a skewed viewpoint: hands, heart or head... but not all three combined. The "head only" approach has been popular for many years now. Teach them. Give them knowledge. Instill in them new facts. Discipleship is...

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Serving God

Serving God

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40) How do we serve God? By serving others... especially by serving 'the least of these'-- those who cannot give back to us. Our service to...

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Loving God

Loving God

If we know God, we love God. If we are loving God, we keep his commandments. Love is more than a feeling or an emotion. It is a commitment lived out in our actions and our behaviors. If we know God and we love God, then we serve God. We become tied into what's on...

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Knowing God

Knowing God

By very definition, God cannot be fully comprehended by the human mind. He is that much bigger and greater than us. Yet throughout history, God has been making himself known to us as far as we are capable. He met Moses on the mountain and spoke to him "face to face,...

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Reaping the results

Reaping the results

We are now reaping the results of a more fragmented approach to life. Technology is wonderful—I love technology. But like everything else in a fallen world, it has its dark side if we are not careful. When we leave things on all the time, especially with...

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