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How Can You Help Missionaries Value Growth? by Michael Essenburg

Sep 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: Missions Coaching - Guest Posts

michael-120x100If you want to help missionaries value getting coaching, you may need to start by helping them value personal and professional growth. Why? Because coaching is about growth, and if missionaries don’t value growth, they won’t seek coaching.

Question: Why might missionaries not value personal and professional growth?

Answer: Because they focus on serving others. Because they work in an organization that doesn’t have an organizational growth plan or a professional development plan. Because their mission doesn’t emphasize personal or professional growth.

Question: How can you help missionaries value growth?

Answer: By asking questions like “If you could grow in one area of your life, what would it be?” And by encouraging missions to develop organizational growth plans and professional development plans—this will help missions emphasize personal and professional growth.

Question: What strategies have you found useful in helping missionaries value personal and professional growth?

Michael Essenburg, a missionary with Christian Reformed World MIssions, uses coaching to empower Christian leaders and organizations to close the gap. Michael has served in Japan for over 20 years. To learn more, please visit
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