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“You don’t need to have it all figured out. Just take the next right step.” – Jemar Tisby

NEXT Steps Coaching can be a vital ingredient for healthy church leaders. In fact, most of us have had the experience of attending a conference and feeling excited to lead transformation in our communities — only to have that excitement dissipate as the daily demands of ministry set in. NEXT Steps Coaching is an initiative designed to support leaders as they shepherd their communities through real and lasting change.

Coaching is a one-on-one or group relationship that helps individuals identify goals and develop a strategy for meeting those goals. A coach’s job is to listen deeply and ask powerful questions. They help leaders examine the internal and external barriers that get in the way of their own effectiveness, fruitfulness, or joy.

A study featured in Public Personnel Management Journal reports that managers who underwent a training program showed an increased effectiveness of 22%, but those who were coached following the training increased their effectiveness by 88%. Because of this, NEXT Steps Coaching helps leaders bridge the gap between intention and action.