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10. 2. 2023

Staff Health

You've Got a Friend In Me

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Written by Todd Rhoades
Sep 11, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Taking the First Step Toward Being a Healthier Leader


You've got a friend in me

You've got a friend in me

You got troubles, I've got 'em too

There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you

We stick together and see it through

'Cause you've got a friend in me

You've got a friend in me

(Randy Newman, made popular in “Toy Story”)


Over the past few weeks, we've tried to make the biblical case for humbly seeking outside support when you or your church is in need of fresh direction and breakthrough. Once you identify and investigate reputable ministry coaches, what’s the very next step to move from realization to action? Here are some practical suggestions:


Determine Who Will Lead the Initial Outreach

First, thoughtfully decide who will spearhead efforts to engage potential church coaches. Often this is the senior pastor, executive pastor, or other primary decision-maker. But it could also be a well-respected elder, deacon, change champion, or influencer within the church who recognizes the need for an outside perspective. Regardless, identify who will take ownership to lead the charge in reaching out. Giving point leadership catalyzes traction.


Gather Relevant Church Data Points and History

Before introductory conversations, experienced coaches will want to understand some critical details about your church to tailor recommendations. Spend time pulling together crucial info such as church size and demographics, worship attendance trends over the past 5 years, governing model, budget overview, facility/property details, staff structure, bylaws, and policies. Quantifying challenges helps advisors listen well.


Schedule an Initial Exploratory Video Call

Rather than let perceptions of what church consultants must be like paralyze you, have an informal 30-minute intro call to build rapport, explain your current situation, and discuss how outside partners could guide you toward renewal. Share specific challenges, outcomes you hope to see, and why you feel outside perspective would be valuable. No long-term commitments are needed upfront. Keep the tone conversational and exploratory.


Outline Expectations Around Process, Roles, and Next Steps

If after the exploratory discussion, both parties discern potential alignment for collaboration, begin to discuss possible next steps. What is the expected duration of the engagement? How might the relationship expand over time? Ensure you have clarity around options, timeframes, roles and costs. Before officially launching into the work, outline next actions between you to kickoff the partnership strong.


Bringing on a trusted church coach is in many ways like hiring a new staff member.  You need to ensure there is good synergy, energy, and chemistry to ensure the work will be effective. But finding the perfect ministry coach could lead to breakthroughs and strides that you could have dreamed reaching by yourself.


You were never intended to carry this load alone. Wherever you find yourself on the journey today, trusted coaches are ready to come alongside your team to provide much-needed support, guidance, and accountability. You've got a friend and champion for your church! Let their expansive experience and Kingdom best practices in ministry accelerate your impact.


Our coaches at Chemistry Solutions offer a full suite of church and ministry coaching services tailored to ignite renewal in your context. Learn more here and book a complimentary intro call today. Let's see your church become a vibrant pillar of hope in your community for generations to come!


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PS - You’ve Got a Friend In Me

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