“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” - Winston Churchill
Looking at the results and making decisions based on how it affects those results is called being pragmatic. It is a process of dealing with things sensibly, realistically, based on practical considerations as opposed to theoretical ones.
Should we be pragmatic about ministry? This tends to be a massively polarizing issue. Some feel the church has not been nearly pragmatic enough over the years. “What are the results of our efforts?” they ask.
Others say that being pragmatic about ministry eventually leads to the ruin and breakdown of the church, because in seeking results we inevitably end up abandoning core principles of faith. Thus we need to instead focus on simply being faithful, even if it means the results we achieve are less impressive.
But I think it’s a false dichotomy.
Coaching has been one of the most important elements of my own growth and fruitfulness over the past few years. (Because passion alone isn’t enough to sustain a life of discipleship.)
Being invested in week after week by an outside voice has allowed me to grow in my capacity to build a Jesus-shaped culture in my context that is simple and sticky enough to be readily reproducible and powerfully transformative.
Seeing the benefits of coaching in my own life is the main reason I became a coach for others a few years ago. Helping others get breakthrough in their homes, churches, and businesses is one of the great joys of my life.
I wanted to let you know that I will be starting two new Coaching Huddles soon.
What you’ll learn is how to make disciples of Jesus in any context using memorable, reproducible tools that are proven, practical and powerful.
If you’re interested, please contact me ASAP, as these tend to fill up quickly. Read on for more detailed information about the coaching process:
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