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Feature Article: Developing Leaders by Building a Coaching Ministry in Your Church

Suzanne Recommends:

Pastors' Forum, Mon, September 17, 8 pm EST
  • Developing Leaders by Building a Coaching Ministry in Your Church
  • Guest Pastor, Dr. Joseph Umidi, President, Lifeforming Leadership Coaching, VA Beach, VA
Special Event for Pastors and Women on Monday, October 8 at 8 pm EST
  • How to Crack the Communication Code Between Men and Women
  • Guest, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, President of Love and Respect Ministries and author of Love and Respect

Developing Leaders by Building a Coaching Ministry in Your Church

Leadership development is one of the greatest needs in not just the church, but in other settings, too, such as the marketplace and the family. Church leaders need to be focused on leadership development for approximately 30% of their time. Many leaders will say..."I don't have that level of time to devote to developing pastor I know lamented to me that he probably spent about .3% of his time on leadership development.

Yet developing leaders is not an area leaders can afford to avoid. And coaching has become a new philosophy for leadership development - a way of developing leaders that is transformational in a relational, value-driven context.

In our upcoming Pastors' Forum next Monday, September 17, Dr. Joseph Umidi, President of Lifeforming Leadership, and I will discuss how to use "coaching" as a new means of developing leaders for the present and future needs of the church. We'll also discuss the unique aspects of coaching male versus female leaders and insights for leaders.

If you'd like to learn more, please contact me at my office, or click on the red enroll button in the right panel, or in the bottom left below.

Benefits of Coaching to Develop Leaders

  1. Creates a funnel of ongoing leadership development

    The traditional way that leaders are "recruited" or placed into service is often done based on the ministry's needs at the time. Perhaps a new singles' ministry is beginning and new leaders are needed, or a church-wide event where lots of volunteers are needed for coordination and hospitality, for instance. However, the staffing-oriented approach merely focuses on filling slots and although it can develop job-related skills, it fails to take a wholistic approach to developing leaders. As church leaders incorporate coaching into their leadership cultures, they'll find that they have a ready supply of leaders, who not only are able to serve, but who are continually maturing from a spiritual perspective.

  2. Creates and develops leaders in a relational and transformational way.
Coaching is a transformational process, whereby the coach works alongside the developing leader to help them walk through the areas God is working in their lives. It is a completely personalized process, all in the context of a personal relationship with one another. The trust that is built up between the coach and the developing leaders allow him or her access into the person's life to help as God does deep work in the life of the leader who is being coached.
  1. Allows for personal growth in the context of community

    The coaching process takes place within the context of a learning community. As part of the coaching process, each leader is assigned a coach trainer, who walks with them through the course of several months as they grow and mature spiritually.

    Each leader also has a peer mentor assigned to them, with whom they build a relationship over the course of the year. The peer mentor relationship is key to building trust and creating a support system for encouragement, change and growth for both leaders.

  2. Provides a means to help leaders set and achieve their goals

    Part of the coaching process entails helping developing leaders to establish goals for their lives and then make progress toward meeting these goals. Coaching creates ongoing followup with the leader who is being coached to set goals, establish realistic timelines, and to have support and accountability during the change process. It's easy to make the decision to change - it's much more difficult to walk out the process of making difficult personal or growth-related changes. The built-in support that is part of the coaching relationship gives people this much-needed support and helps them be successful in reaching their goals.

Were these tips helpful to you?

Please contact my office if you'd like to join us for next Monday's Pastors' Forum where Dr. Joseph Umidi and I will go into greater depth on coaching and how it can be incorporated into the leadership development process at your church.

Click on the red "Enroll" button below to join us!

Or you may contact me at my office at (703) 282-2325 for more information.

Did You Miss Our April Pastors' Forum Kickoff?

It was on "How to Build Powerful, Inspired Teams to Accomplish the Work of Ministry." What is the Pastor's Forum? Well, it's a monthly seminar via telephone of pastors to network and be exposed to other pastors with specialty areas of expertise.

I'd love to offer you a free trial month of the Pastors' Forum.

For more information, you may access the Pastors' Forum Invitation by clicking on this link. You may access the FREE 1-hour audio class by linking to Pastors' Forum FREE Audio Class. The handout associated with the class is at Pastors' Forum April 07 Handout. I pray it's of great benefit to you and your leadership team.

Our next Pastors' Forum is Monday, September 17, 8 pm - 9 pm EST, 7 p.m. CST / 6 pm MT / 5 PST. Please join me and other pastors for a special teleseminar with our guest, Pastor, Dr. Joseph Umidi, President of LifeForming Leadership Coaching in Virginia Beach, VA.

Joseph and I will be discussing the philosophy of coaching to develop leaders in your church, how you can create transformation in the lives of individuals through coaching, how we need to coach men and women differently, and other important leadership development issues.

Many of you write me that you're busy with sermon preparation, counseling appointments or other scheduling conflicts. I know you're busy! So I've set up the forum so that when you enroll, we'll ship the audio link and CD directly to your office for the listening convenience of you and your staff and volunteer leadership team. Plus as a BONUS, you'll receive a complimentary copy of the case study on "Avoiding the Leadership Mistakes that Make a Church Unhealthy."

You may enroll for the Pastors' Forum via our SECURE SERVER by clicking on the "Enroll Here" red button below.

September Coaching Special

With enrollment in the Pastors' Forum, you’ll receive a complimentary 30-minute personal or church coaching consult. Just contact my office at I'd love to serve you.

Case Study:
Avoiding the Leadership Mistakes
that Make a Church Unhealthy

Would you like to learn about this church's journey to a place of health?

The Story of a Texas Mega-Church

Click here to order your copy of this case study or get it FREE when you enroll in the Pastors' Inspired Leadership Forum.

Please let me know what issues you would like to hear about in the next newsletter, such as hiring or managing staff, inspiring volunteers, or preventing burnout, for examples. I'll do my best to address your concerns! I look forward to speaking with you all next month.

Many prayers and blessings to you all,

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Leadership Tips
September 2007
Vol. I, Issue 10

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Attention Pastors:

Need Resources for Your Women's Ministry Leaders?

Then check out the Upcoming Garden Club Teleseminars....

The Inspirational Women's Garden Club is a monthly get-together via telephone of women to network, build relationships with one another, and to discuss the monthly Relationship Tips.

Members of the Pastors' Forum and Inspirational Women's Garden Club are free to attend the:

Special Event for Pastors and Women - "How to Crack the Communication Code between Men and Women" with Guest, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs of Love and Respect Ministries

Mon, October 8, 8 pm EST Others may join by enrolling in either the Garden Club or the Pastors' Forum. For more information, contact my office, and I'd be happy to answer your questions.

If you'd like more information about the Garden Club or to enroll, please go to Inspirational Women's Garden Club. You may hear a sample audio class at FREE Gift and FREE Handout.

Look forward to you joining us!

Avoiding the Leadership Mistakes that Make a Church Unhealthy

Would you like to learn more about this mega-church's 46-year journey from an unhealthy leadership culture to one that is thriving today?

A team of three ministers recently studied a dynamic Texas church to uncover its secret keys to health and growth. The team evaluated the church's leadership culture, its ministry philosophy, and its 46-year church history.

This 35-page academic case study provides unique perceptions into the overall spiritual health and subsequent growth of this church. All pastors, elder boards, and church leadership teams will be able to glean valuable insights they can apply to their own churches to lead to greater church health and effectiveness.

It is my gift to you today when you enroll in the monthly "Pastor's Forum" where we spend time each month on Inspirational Leadership topics for pastors and church leaders. For more information or to enroll, click on the button below.


Healing the Heart of Your Church

Another excellent resource for pastors on developing a healthier leadership culture is called Healing the Heart of your Church.

Like people, a church can become sick and traumatized from past sins in its corporate Body. The destructive effects of these past sins can linger for decades, hindering the present and future work and growth of the church.

Healing the Heart of your Church explains this phenomenon and lays out a clear strategy to address these wounds and lead the church to a place of healing and greater effectiveness for Christ.

Healing the Heart of Your Church

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Preview of October Issue:
In October's issue of Leadership Tips, we'll address communication tips to help men and women communicate more effectively.

Join me and Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, President of Love and Respect Ministries and author of Love and Respect for a special event on October 8 at 8 p.m. EST on "Cracking the Communication Code between Men and Women."

We look forward to you joining us!

About Suzanne

Suzanne France Martinez
Founder & Principal

During the last 20 years as Suzanne served in the marketplace and in ministry, she learned to excel amidst the pressing demands and challenges of leadership in each setting.

Suzanne's passion is to help leaders develop healthy leadership cultures and healthy relationships - cultures that promote growth and maximize personal and organizational performance.

Suzanne desires to help leaders renew and refresh their vision, attain new levels of leadership excellence, and build healthy and strong leadership organizations.

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