This entry is the third in a four-part series on what it takes to build a coaching culture. Many pastors and leaders want to have coaching be part of the very fabric of how they do ministry– they want it to permeate their whole discipleship and leadership development process. Yet few manage to make that happen. Why? What’s needed?

Element #3: an investment in raising up coaches 

“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’” — Luke 14:28-30 (NLT)

Many leaders want to train and develop more coaches, but when it comes time to do so, they balk. They don’t want to invest the time or money to do it. There is a cost to building a coaching culture. If you want to create a system-wide culture of coaching, you need to invest in a long-term process for making that happen. This is the point where you need to decide to pay the price and not take shortcuts. Shortcuts will short-circuit the whole process, just as taking shortcuts on the foundation of a building will undermine the integrity of the whole building.

What does a quality coach training process– without shortcuts– look like?  It means you receive coaching while you’re learning how to coach– it’s a hands-on process. Visit the coach training page of Logan Leadership for more information on our process.