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Brian Rhen

Brian Rhen is a coach and Pastor of People Development at Peninsula Covenant Church, located in the San Francisco Bay Area... Read full bio


Injecting the Church with Coaching? Part 5 – Train the Staff

The staff had self-diagnosed the problem – too many congregants with issues. Our lead pastor had agreed that even he was at his wits’ end on how to handle other’s issues well. But they all…
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Find a Coaching Co-conspirator: Who Can Help? by Brian Rhen

Part 4 of 12 – How to Inject the Church with Coaching –

I have learned that I can only get myself so far until I typically hit my own glass ceiling. Let’s face…
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Christian Life Coaching & the Local Church by Russ Rainey

According to the Great Commission, the mandate of the local church is to win people to Christ, enable their growth as disciples, and then equip those same disciples to launch out on their own kingdom…
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Recruiting Coaches for Lay Coach Training

Programs come and go in the church all the time, and if you’re as passionate about training lay coaches as I am, you will want your first training to have a good reputation and a life-changing impact for the long-haul. The best way to do that may be to carefully think through how to recruit your first class of potential coaches. I recently had a good experience recruiting and training lay discipleship coaches in my own church, so here’s a first-hand summary of what seemed to work:
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Pastor Involvement with Church Coaching Ministry

During the first round of our church staff coach training, he spent most of the time on his new Blackberry. A year later, during the second round of training, he informed me he was leaving early…Hence, we had a problem, since he was not fully engaged in the staff-wide coaching training which our senior staff had agreed upon…When the dust cleared, the following insight became obvious about the role of the lead pastor when attempting to inject a coaching methodology into the DNA of paid and unpaid staff:
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Bringing Coaching to the Church by Tony Stoltzfus

Coaching has enough of a buzz surrounding it that it seems to be cropping up all over the place in today’s church. While that’s exciting news, it also means that people are being called “coaches”…
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Pastors and Coaching – the Pastoral Missing Link

…a recent Barna study suggests 61% of pastors have difficulty in developing meaningful relationships. In other words, pastors many times do not seek relationships for their own leadership development. Dr. Louis McBurney, a leading pastoral counselor suggests it is taught as a “best practice” in seminary; avoid intimate relationships…A personal coach can be the missing link for pastors to truly transform their ministry.
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Trainee Transformation – Coaching and the Church

When we do coach training for a local church, we’re hoping for two separate results: transformation for those who will eventually be coached and transformation for the coach him or herself. The latter is often a surprise for the trainees because that’s not why they signed up – they wanted to help others but didn’t give much thought to what God might be up to in their own lives.
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Getting the Senior Pastor’s Blessing for a Coaching Ministry

How important is it to get your Pastor’s blessing up front if you hope to start a coaching ministry in your church? It’s IMPERATIVE!! It is not wise to try to introduce something as life-changing and paradigm-busting as coaching to a congregation without the Senior Pastor’s agreement. But “selling” coaching to your pastor is not a job for the faint-of-heart. It can be a very challenging business.
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Coaching at Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church

It all started when Robert Brown, an insurance agent in Ponte Vedra, Florida, had a brief experience with a Christian Life Coach as a part of a stewardship program in which his church was participating. …
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