Community and Coaching for Pastor Support
Pastors and leaders want to be well and serve well, but trusted support for self-care can be difficult to find. Canon Greg Goebel is launching a new ministry called Pastor Coach to bring Christ-centered support to clergy through an online community, group and individual life-coaching, and resources that are easy to access.
This ministry will come alongside other great coaching ministries to provide Christ-centered, affordable, and easy-to-access group and individual life-coaching for deacons and priests, and pastors from other traditions. Canon Greg has also raised some scholarship funds through LeaderWorks that will provide for 50% off for Anglican Solo Pastors who choose at least four individual sessions.
His theme verse is 3 John 2: “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”
Canon Greg says, “I know the pressures of life and ministry. I know the experience of burnout, and the process of renewal. After more than two decades of ministry, I can help you find good health as your soul prospers.”
He will be using the Missional Formation Coaching model: a reflective approach to coaching designed by Winfield Bevins and Mark Dunwoody to help leaders thrive by promoting healthy rhythms that connect spiritual and missional practices. Here is an overview of the process he’ll be using:
1. Pray. Open each coaching session by welcoming the Holy Spirit to come and guide the time together. Pray “Come, Holy Spirit!”
2. Celebrate. Share some things you are thankful for in your life, family, and the church. Identify signs of God’s grace.
3. Review. Review what is going on in your life and ministry. Reflect on what has happened since the last meeting.
4. Reflect. Reflect on the areas you want to focus on during this session.
5. Resolve. Resolve what action you will take before next session.
What is Life Coaching?
Canon Greg is a priest who is also a Certified Professional Coach. He says, “A good life coach is an expert on the coaching process, and can guide you through it to a place of greater clarity, growth, and wellness. As a pastor who is also a life coach, I’m ready to come alongside and help you find a path to a well soul.”
From his Pastor Coach site: “Life Coaching is biblical, even though the term is contemporary. Barnabas is a key example of such a leader. His name means ‘Son of Encouragement’ and in the Book of Acts we see him bringing people together, encouraging new leaders with grace, and going along on journeys with charismatic leaders like Paul.
“Baptized Christians have the anointing of the Holy Spirit (I John 2:20), and the Holy Spirit imparts his gifts to each of us. But we have to ‘stir up’ those gifts, so we need encouragement and support, and companionship to discern how to do so (Hebrews 10:24). There is a place for charismatic leadership, and for church authority. But there is also a place for encouraging companions who come alongside and encourage us to stir up the gifts we have, like Barnabas did.”
Canon Greg says a Christian life coach can be that type of encourager, one who is counter-cultural to our production-oriented society.
Clergy can try out the ministry free for 30 days, to see if it’s a good fit. Perhaps it can be a Christmas gift to your deacons and priests!
For more information, and to try this out for free for 30 days, visit PastorCoach.net.