One great use of coaching is helping people identify their dreams and passions. In a sense, that’s the core of coaching: to help people find the direction God is calling them.
It’s easy to assume people already know what they want… and deep down that may be true. Most of us, however, need help to articulate and to clarify the vision God has placed within us. Vision doesn’t always come to us clearly and fully formed. There are often questions, fears, and doubts that are closely tied to our dreams and passions. And they certainly don’t come to us with an implementation plan.
Here are some great questions you can use to come alongside others in this very personal journey of identifying dreams and passions:
- What excites you?
- What drains you?
- Where are you seeing God at work?
- What are your gifts, strengths, skills, experiences?
- What promptings have you been hearing from God?
- If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do for the glory of God?
Now, it’s time to try it out! Even if you’re not a professional coach, see what happens when you ask these questions of someone you’re supervising, mentoring, or discipling. Or, try them out on a spouse or a friend and see what happens. Be sure to set aside some focused time to really listen to their answers and reflect back what you are hearing. You’ll probably be surprised at all you discover.
More on Coaching
If you found this post helpful consider the following resources:
Calling: Focused Ministry Coaching Guide with Storyboard– This downloadable set will help you provide individuals with a framework that will help them discover the unique contribution they can bring to a local ministry and beyond.
Goal Setting Coaching Guide with Storyboard– This downloadable set helps you walk people through planning, organizing, setting, and following through with goals. Also, consider the Goal Setting Profile– a self-assessment that helps individuals identify their effectiveness in setting and achieving their goals. Another great resource is the Goals & Objectives Skill Builder– a practical guide to help implement realistic and effective goal setting practices.