14But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
If you walk closely with Jesus, your heart will inevitably be moved by the things that move His heart. From God’s Word we can clearly see that the number one thing that moves His heart is faith (Hebrews 11:6). It then comes as no surprise that when we see fellow believers go all out and take great steps of faith for God, we get excited. But an even greater excitement beats in the heart of those who train the ones who are sent. I imagine the apostle Paul watching a young Timothy (who already came from a strong spiritual legacy – 2Timothy 1:4-6) and being in awe of God and so aware of what a privilege it is to help him grow.
I feel a similar sense of gratitude when meeting with Bianca Groats every two weeks. She was very involved with CCC as a student on her campus (University of Western Cape) and after graduating served as an intern. She has now joined as a full-time missionary and I have been assigned as her trainer. Our training time involves discussing articles, practical ministry skills and offering accountability to her in her overall growth. Her success with each session we do together is a threefold process:
- Acquiring information or a skill
- Actively using what she has learned
- Diligently passing on to someone else what she has learned
I love this because it is so key to the furtherance of the Gospel. If all the work we do in ministry stops with us as “the fundi” or “the big cheese”, it just amplifies the precept – “If the student has not learned, the teacher has not taught”. In this case, I have only effectively “taught” until Bianca has passed on her knowledge to someone else.
Another key part of being a coach is to foster the 5 E’s of coaching:
- Environment – Is she in the right environment to truly grasp what I am teaching? How can I foster that?
- Equipping – What tools/skills can I teach her? What does she need to learn?
- Experience – Can we go somewhere, meet someone or do something that will aid the learning process?
- Evaluation – Are we tracking the progress being made? Are we fulfilling goals set or plans made?
- Exposure to other leaders – Is she learning from others or am I her only source? Who can I introduce her to or recommend she talk to?
Much of this happens organically as Bianca and I spend time together and some of it takes intentional planning but I’m sharing this with the purpose of encouraging you, the reader. Coaching/mentoring/leading can sometimes feel like something “other people” do, you know, those people who “have time and are skilled in this stuff”. Friend, let me encourage you. Start simple. Begin with asking God who you can come alongside, then see what you can do to cultivate the 5 E’s of coaching. Henry Blackaby in his book called Spiritual Leadership says, “The spiritual leader’s task is to move people from where they are to where God wants them to be.” What takes the pressure off is knowing that God already know where he wants that person to be, but He desires to use you to get them there.
Please pray for my coaching time with Bianca. We usually have our time at my home over a cup of tea while Vincent is at daycare for the morning and Kiran either plays quietly or fastens himself to my leg J . Pray that God gives me wisdom and insight on helping Bianca move to where God wants her to be. Pray also that even as I coach her, I too will learn many new things and be changed more and more to the image of Christ for His glory.
With love from coach Pravani