Five Causes of Generosity Coaching Session 1: Leadership

This is the first of five coaching sessions on Five Causes of Generosity.  You may find it easiest to subscribe to my blog through the link on the right to avoid missing any sessions. As with any coaching session, there are some basic guiding principles.

1)  The coach will ask probing questions
2)  The one being coached will reflect on the questions/instructions given by the coach
3)  The one being coached, with the help of the coach, will create action items to achieve personal growth.

Coaching works only if the above occur.  Are you ready?  Let’s go.  Our overarching objective over the next five days is to help you foster new energy and progress in your stewardship ministry.  The desired outcome is not only for people to give more to your church community; but to equip them to develop in their personal stewardship.  Giving and stewardship are two different discussions.  To focus on developing stewards is to focus on helping people grow in the practices of generosity, as well as gratitude, prayer, simplicity, contentment, and living a less consumptive lifestyle.

The first cause of generosity is leadership.

Your leadership.

And the leadership of your fellow church leaders.  You can’t do it alone.  If you try to foster more generous stewards on your own, you will fail.  Ministry was made for community, for the body of Christ, for more than one person.

Questions:

As a leader, a person of faith, where are you on your stewardship journey?

Have you been growing in your personal stewardship for the last three years?  If so, how?
What are two ways you can grow in your personal stewardship?   How will these decisions help you follow Christ more closely?

Don’t rush the above questions.  Spend time with them.  Chew on them.  Pray and write the answers that come to mind.  These are the starting point for you as a leader.  For a moment, clear your mind of the rest of your congregation and figure out how you can grow as a steward.

As I said, this journey is not meant for you alone.  You need friends, fellow leaders to go with you down this path.  Imagine if you and two fellow leaders in your church would agree to prayerfully discern the answers to the above questions.  When that happens, the stewardship culture in your church community has already begun to change.  When you change, there will be change.  Change happens through people, because of people who think, pray, and take action.

Questions:

Who are two leaders you can challenge to take this personal challenge with you?

When can you schedule a time to meet with them to discuss why this challenge is so important for the three of you and the church community?

As we wrap up our first coaching session, here are your guiding principles for becoming a stewardship leader and for creating your initial action steps:

  • Leaders become the change they desire to see in others. Grow in your personal stewardship first, and then encourage others to join you to go deeper on/in the journey.
  • Don’t lead alone. Challenge two fellow leaders to take the personal stewardship challenge with you.
  • Answers are not enough. You need to create action steps.  After you and your fellow leaders work through your questions, take action.  If one way you can grow in your stewardship is to be less consumptive, then give yourself a goal to consume less of ___ over the next 30 days.

I look forward to session 2 tomorrow.  We will be discussing the word “impact” and how it causes generosity.  If you have found this session beneficial, please share it with others you think could benefit from the coaching.

Grace and peace.

Sean

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