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Many leaders and pastors are starting
to see how starting up with missional communities or transitioning to missional
communities is far easier to read about than to actually put into action. There
are many ups and downs and many questions arise which would be helpful to have
answered by someone who is a practitioner in this area. But,
even more than that, it would be great to not merely have an answer man or
woman at your disposal, but someone who could equip your leaders on (or “for”)
mission so that they could start to answer their own questions as they arise.
That’s the point of good
coaching. Good coaching is going to empower others to answer their
own questions and to keep the hands accountable to what the head and the heart
Seth has coached people for periods of
3 months to over a year. Additionally, he has coached people from
all over the United States and also some in Eastern Europe. Because
Seth is able to coach and empower others (instead of merely answering people’s
questions), the context you are in doesn’t matter. He has coached
both missional community leaders and pastors through both the transition to
missional communities and the startup of new communities.
Seth is also a practitioner in
missional communities. He has both started missional communities
from scratch to have them multiply and he was also part of a church body
that transitioned from traditional small groups to missional communities. This
gives him a unique perspective in coaching, where he can both equip, but also
give answers where appropriate when questions arise.
When God called me out of 17 years of
traditional church pastoring to a life leading a gospel community on mission I
thought I was heretic. The Spirit, the Scriptures, and great relationships
proved to me that I was not. I cannot begin to express my gratefulness for the
friendship and coaching relationship I've had with Seth. Not giving me answers,
but shepherding me to hear the voice of the Spirit himself speaking within me
as we live out the commands and commission of Jesus.
Church Planter, Non-Profit Director
Why should you be coached?
Coaching is the often overlooked and neglected part of life as a missionary.
There are tons of great, accessible resources for addressing the head and heart
of a leader (what they know and believe). Yet so often the hands (what they do)
are left uncared for. "Just go and do what you know and believe!" may
sound like good instruction, but it often creates more legalism than actual
rightly motivated obedience. Being coached by Seth I learned how obedience in
my "doing" of mission is the natural outflow of my "be-ing"
in the gospel. Never did I sense a burden placed on me to do more but rather I
learned to clearly listen to what the Spirit is saying to do next and follow
Him. While I actually was seeing more "accomplished", my burden was
Seth has become a trusted
friend and brother who I have learned with. The true mark of a qualified
disciple-making disciple is not just the disciples they make, but the disciples
their disciples make. Seth has equipped me to not only listen to the Spirit
well, but to help others do the same. I can honestly say that being coached has
been the most helpful thing I have ever done in ministry and I am privileged to
share this with others.
Missional Community Leader and Coach
The coaching sessions with
Seth has truly been remarkable. Just by asking a few questions and careful
listening, Seth has a great ability not only spot various symptoms of problems
but help the person he is coaching discover himself the main cause. During our
sessions, I have started to see the reality with more clarity and learnt how to
identify and evaluate vital things that in the past I used to ignored and could
have easily missed. Setting really practical steps towards my desired goals and
evaluating the progress have helped me to make things happen with a greater
focus. After every coaching session, I have always felt more motivated and
focused to get out there and hit my projected target. So, my advice for you: if
you have a chance, get Seth as your coach–you won't regret it!
Church Planter, Missional Community Leader and Business Owner – Riga, Latvia
Working with Seth has improved my ability to lead my MC as well as giving my MC a more clearly defined direction and purpose. I would confidently recommend Seth to anyone looking to create a disciple making environment in any context.
Missional Community Leader on College Campus
has tremendously used Seth to grow me as a missional leader. Our coaching
sessions have been invaluable in helping me navigate the messiness of
living life on mission. Seth is a great listener and is gifted in pointing out
potential roadblocks that may be hindering me. His insights about my unique
situation are always right on the mark. Seth is a man that lives out of His
identity in Christ and helps others do the same through the Gospel. I am a
big believer in learning from others and Seth is uniquely gifted to coach
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