30 Reasons Church Leaders Need a Coach

Read these 30 insights to protect the flock from a leader's mistakes.

A church planter’s life can get pretty lonely. Even the best can unintentionally paint themself into a corner due to how many new situations they face. This is why the most successful planters need a coach. A good coach can save planting pastors a ton of time and heartache.

Here are 30 reasons why you should consider finding yourself a planting coach:  

1. Coaching helps to remind a leader of the Gospel.

2. Coaching exposes a leader’s blind spots.

3. All leaders are capable of succumbing to sin’s deception.

4. Leaders are models for faithful obedience.

5. Coaching is preventative maintenance for a leader.

6. The stakes for a church leader are high.

7. Coaching models biblical community.

8. Coaching provides a prayer partner for the leader.

9. Leaders can be prideful.

10. Leaders are often lonely.

11. Coaching is a practical means for a leader to pay careful attention to self.

12. Coaching brings encouragement to the leader.

13. Coaching can protect the flock from a leader’s mistakes and bad decisions.

14. Coaching improves a leader’s perspective and objectivity.

15. Coaching facilitates the leader’s growth and equipping.

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Scott Thomas
Scott Thomas is the President of Acts 29 Network and Pastor of Global Church at Mars Hill Church. Scott has been a pastor for 30 years—first as a youth pastor and then as a lead pastor and church planter/church replanter for 16 years.