5 reasons why I participated in a professional coaching group

After more than 15 years of full time ministry, 10 of which have been spent in some of the nation’s leading mega-churches, I made the decision to spend the last 6 months participating in a professional coaching group.

Here are 5 reasons why I did…and why you should too…



1. Structured Learning Pathway

Learning and growth don’t just happen on accident. It’s an intentional process. Participating in a coaching group made me systematically work through leadership concepts, organizational systems, reading assignments, and leadership exercises that were intentionally structured to help me grow.

2. Fresh Eyes

Every time you bring a new staff person into your church or organization you’ve got a widow of opportunity for learning. They are seeing everything for the first time and with fresh eyes. They haven’t acclimated to the new culture that they’re swimming in, and as a result they view everything from a different perspective, which provides a great opportunity for learning…if you take advantage of the moment. Participating in a coaching group allowed people with fresh eyes to take a look into my life and leadership and offer a fresh and different perspective.

3. Our Best Growth doesn’t happen Alone

I’m intentional about building an annual reading plan and I love the inspiration that comes from national leadership conferences. But nothing beats wrestling ideas to the ground, digging through best practices and what it takes to make concepts become reality with a group of peers. Participating in a coaching group allowed my ideas, thoughts, and concepts to be challenged.

4. The Discipline of Submission

Great leaders make great followers because they properly understand and have a healthy view of authority and submission. While I’m used to leading at a high level, participating in a coaching group was a way for me to intentionally place myself under the leadership of others.

5. I’m not done yet

It may be a bit cliché, but it’s true, leaders are learners. Unfortunately I’ve discovered along the way that many leaders also have a “more than healthy ego.” It kind of comes with the territory. Participating in a coaching group was an intentional way to remind myself that I still have a lot to learn, and that I can learn something from everyone.

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2 Responses to “5 reasons why I participated in a professional coaching group”

  1. Brendon Wilson February 20, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Paul – great post on Coaching. One of my top books from last year was Daniel Harkavys – The Coaching Leader …
    I did not know if you were able to say who’s networked you were a part of but I would love to know who you chose to go with ….. Thanks

  2. paul alexander February 21, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Brendon, not sure what kind of group you’re looking for, but if you’re looking for systems & leadership development in a church setting I’d recommend Tony Morgan, Tim Stevens, and Leadership Network as great options!

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