You Need a Coach!

I happen to believe that every one of us needs a coach. No pastor or church leader should go it alone. One survey said that 90% of pastors feel unprepared for their current challenges.  


I wrote a post a while back that shared how I have benefited from coaching. Here are a few reasons I need a coach and why I think you need one.

I need encouragement. How often do you and I need to be encouraged? Hebrews 3:13 says, “Encourage one another daily….” Get that? Daily. Ministry is tough. Yes, things often don’t go the way we hoped and prayed. To add to our misery, we take failures personally. In coaching, we can share discouragements and receive words of needed assurance.

I need accountability. I need someone to ask me if I am doing what I said I would do. It’s easy to be complacent and go along in life. Coaching brings me back to reality and gives me a person I need to give an answer to.

I need another perspective. The older I get, the more I realize I need other’s input. God never designed us to go it on our own. Great leadership is not making decisions. Good leadership is making wise decisions requiring a broader perspective than myself. 

Greg Salciccioli, the president of CoachWell said, “Coaches can see what you cannot seethey can add depth and greater discernment to decisions.” (See Proverbs 15:22).

“Coaches can see what you cannot see…they can add depth and greater discernment to decisions.”

Greg Salciccoloi, CoachWell President

I need to grow. We all get stuck at times. We need to be honest about where we are, seek to know where God wants us to be, and trust God to bring us there. Coaching helps us with that. It contextualizes our faith. It puts it into practice. Coaching challenges us to change.


The Pacific Conference offers two types of coaching:

  1. Life Coaching – A year-long commitment to 5 essential areas of personal health
  2. Focused Coaching – Limited sessions to deal with specific challenges and issues you are facing. (Click below to download the brochure.)

If you are a pastor or pastor’s spouse in the Pacific Conference and want to be put on the “Coaching List,” please email Tom Hurt at  or call the Conference Office (503-427-0000).

One Comment Add yours

  1. Tom Hurt says:

    Thanks for a well written, encouraging message on coaching. I pray that many will read and then invest in their life, health, family and church through connecting with a coach.

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