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Missional Challenge“Ministry can be lonely and discouraging at times. Working with a coach helps leaders gain perspective and to keep focused on God’s calling in their lives,” says Dave DeVries, director of Missional Challenge, a One Challenge ministry. “Maintaining focus on priorities and discerning appropriate steps to move forward is a huge value.”

Leadership development is one of One Challenge’s core areas of ministry focus. Developing leaders can be done in a multitude of ways, for a multitude of purposes. One of these ways is coaching.

Coaching in Ministry

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“Coaching is the process of coming alongside a person or team to help them discover God’s agenda for their life and ministry, and then cooperating with the Holy Spirit to see that agenda become a reality,” says Bob Logan, writer of The Missional Journey.

Much like other forms of development, coaching can be a tool to stimulate different types of ministry. From helping someone figure out how God wants them to serve, to planting a church, to developing a business, to personal development; the possibilities are really driven by the person being coached.

“In my ministry with Missional Challenge, we come alongside pastors, church planters and mission workers to help them navigate the challenges they are facing,” Dave says. “Through regular, ongoing coaching conversations, we accelerate reflection, discovery, and action toward God-given direction.”

Development & Growth – Ana’s Story

Missional ChallengeNell uses coaching to encourage people in their ministry and help them take steps of growth. Recently, Nell had the opportunity to coach Ana, a young woman who was in a desperate situation in her job. A situation filled with distrust, misunderstanding, and interpersonal conflict.

Through coaching, Ana realized she wanted to change her situation, not by quitting her job, but rather by addressing the situation head-on.
“As a result of our coaching sessions, Ana decided to ‘literally’ put her performance evaluation on a shelf in her house and ask God to hold it for her,” Nell says.

By giving the situation to the Lord and by choosing her response to negative and challenging situations, Ana continued in her work and ministry.

“She felt lighter and free, as she had left that performance evaluation each day in God’s hands. She felt like she was doing her job better and enjoyed it more. She greeted her supervisor every day, and her supervisor had begun to smile back and look her in the eye,” Nell says.
In follow-up review, Ana saw a major difference. She was greeted warmly, and she was able to continue working in a situation that was no longer “impossible.”

“Ana’s story is just one of many that we hear as we work with people in ministry. Her story reminds me why we do what we do. Ana did all the work, I just listened deeply to her story and asked her powerful questions to help her make decisions,” Nell says.

Coaching – is it for you?

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“Coaching is incredibly powerful,” Dave says. “Imagine how you would be impacted by someone who listened to you, helped you to listen to God, and then asked good questions that enabled you to focus on doing what God wanted you to do.”

If you are interested in the coaching process, either receiving coaching or learning to become a coach yourself, you can find more information at

“You will never maximize your potential in any area without coaching. It is impossible. You may be good. You may even be better than everyone else. But without outside input you will never be as good as you could be. We all do better when somebody is watching and evaluating.”
– Andy Stanley, Next Generation Leader
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  • Dean says:

    Excellent article on coaching Dave & Nell! We’d love to see a coaching culture continue to grow within OC with every worker having access to coaching – as recipients and in blessing others.

  • Phil Peterson says:

    Coaching is for me! I have also been encouraged and equipped through coaching conversations like what was shared about Anna. There is not enough space to describe how important this is so my advice for whoever reads this is to contact Dave to experience this for yourself.

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