In what ways does scripture inform the way we think about coaching? 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 sheds light on how coaching is done:
The Apostle Paul paints a picture of how we are to develop others in their faith—as a father dealing with his children. The functions a father performs are encouraging, comforting, and urging. These are the core functions of coaching as well.
“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory” (1 Thess. 2:11-12).
Dennis Easter explains the three actions of coaching (the following is used by permission):
- “Yes, you can” – provides the encouragement needed to keep working toward a goal.
- “Yes, you will” – provides the comfort of perspective. God is faithful to his promises and you will find the way forward as God has done in the past.
- “Yes, you must” – urges toward doing the right thing even in the face of difficulties.
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