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Facilitating Discovery by Keith E. Webb

Aug 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Missions Coaching


This word conjures up my mind ancient maps, compasses, sailing ships, dug out canoes gliding down a river, pith helmets, and Indiana Jones. I love discovery. It’s no wonder that I love living cross-culturally. Everyday there are new mysteries to solves, discoveries to be made.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” –Marcel Proust

Discoveries, insights both large and small, are a fundamental part of the coaching experience. Jesus spoke of having “eyes to see, and ears to hear.” People make discoveries about themselves: their situation, their potential, their actions, their inaction, their assumptions, their values, and the list goes on and on.

Coaches facilitate these discoveries and help people take action based on their insights. “Though good advice lies deep within a person’s heart, the wise will draw it out,” says Proverbs 20:5. The thrill of discovery produces new thoughts, emotions, perspectives, and determination. It is essential to capture these products of discovery and further apply them to other areas of life.

The Holy Spirit is the best source for insights, ideas, and discoveries. Coaches help people to hear the Holy Spirit more clearly and then support them to respond well. “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26

How about you?

  • What discoveries have you made lately?
  • How do you lead people to the Holy Spirit as the source of discovery?


Dr. Keith E. Webb is a cross-cultural leadership coach helping organizations, teams, and individuals multiply their cross-cultural impact. Keith has lived in Asia for 20 years. He developed the 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program and offers a free monthly newsletter with articles like this one.
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