Church planters spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on starting a new church; work 70-80 hours a week putting butts in the seats. And when it comes to spending a couple of thousand a year for a coach, they balk.
I can’t tell you how many stories I could tell about church planters trying to go it alone without a coach to save a buck. The stories are legion.
One tried to plant without anyone to lead worship. Another tried to rent without someone responsible for the set up and take down. Another tried to do a capital campaign without outside help. The list goes on and on and on.
The same is true for pastor trying to transform or grow a church. You hear stories of these great mega pastors who do it without help. The problem is not everyone is a super hero. Most of us need the wisdom of people who have gone before. And if the truth be known, most mega church pastors had a coach somewhere in their history.
What a shame it is to try to save a buck when a coach is an investment in your future. A good coach can save you many times over what you invest in them.
I remember brining Lyle Schaller into my church in 1982. It changed the whole direction of my ministry. Then there was the time I brought in Kennon Callahan. Both of them had a part in the growth of the church I served for 24 years.
Folks, get a coach!