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Recent research demonstrates that establishing a relationship with a good coach can often be the difference between success and failure when planting a new church. The same can be said for the challenges of leading change and growing an existing congregation.
The Titus coaching philosophy is based on the belief that God has given a leader all that is needed to do what is being asked of him or her, and that our job is to help the leader “connect the dots.” We do this, not by telling you what to do, but by helping you think through what you are doing, why and how. Think of it as more of a “discovery method,” than a “directive method.”
Our coaches are trained and certified using the methodology developed by Dr. Bob Logan and CoachNet International Ministries, which makes a strong distinction between coaching and mentoring and shifts the emphasis in coaching more toward personal empowerment than instruction (as described by Dr. Gary Reinecke and Pamela Barker in their article, Coaching Puts Power into Lives and Ministries ). The coaching process is defined as one that “focuses primarily on powerful open-ended questions and high-quality listening, creating a discovery environment geared towards spiritual formation as well as inspired personal and ministry strategic development.”
The Titus Institute offers a number of coaching plans designed to fit a variety of circumstances, from beginning new churches to leading change and growing established congregations. In a coaching plan, the leader meets regularly with the coach in person, by phone or video-conference to think and pray together, to review plans and progress, address the challenges being encountered, and to devise comprehensive strategies to be implemented.
Whatever plan is selected, coaching is an excellent way to provide assistance, encouragement, and thoughtful analysis to all who are facing the many challenges of ministry today.