What is coaching?

Coaching is a process of coming alongside a person or team to help them discover God’s agenda for their life and ministry, and then cooperating with the Holy Spirit to see that agenda become a reality.

What is the coaching process?

  1. Relate – Establish coaching relationship and agenda
  2. Reflect – Discover and explore key issues
  3. Refocus – Determine priorities and action steps
  4. Resource – Provide support and encouragement
  5. Review – Evaluate, celebrate, and revise plans


 Differences between Mentoring and Coaching Mentor Coach
Focus Individual Performance
Role Facilitator with no agenda Specific agenda
Relationship Self selecting Comes with the job
Source of influence Perceived value Position
Personal returns Affirmation/learning Teamwork/performance
Arena Life Task related

What is Stewardship Coaching?

A Ministry for Multiplying Steward Leaders

In response to a 21st-century vision for strengthening disciples of Jesus Christ, and in support of ELCA efforts to encourage coaching as an approach for growing well-formed stewards and leaders, a specialty stewardship coaching ministry is being developed for use in congregations.

An initial question may be “What is stewardship?” For many people this question is often addressed in their faith journey by parents, close relatives or pastors. However, the answers to this question for congregations and synods are often not addressed. In his book Ask, Thank, Tell, Rev. Charles Lane describes the role of stewardship in the congregation as

“…helping others grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through the use
of the time, talents and resources that God has entrusted to them”.

The next question may be “What is coaching?” The work of Robert E. Logan is helpful here. For our purposes, we can define it as:

The process of coming alongside a person to help them grow in Christ, discover God’s gifts, and connect with the Holy Spirit to see these gifts used for God’s work.

As you can see, God, Christ and the Holy Spirit are at work! This is about a theology of abundance, not scarcity. This is a discovery process – a journey in which two or more life paths cross for a period of time as to discern God’s calling. In this journey, we are not alone. We are accompanied!

Please read more in “Introduction to Stewardship Coaching,” and “Stewardship Coaching Responsibilities,” or contact Matt Short, Assistant to the Bishop for Evangelical Mission at the synod office, 414-671-1212.