So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
"I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine." (John 10:14)
The Greek word used for "shepherd" is the same as for "pastor." And as pastors, we work hard to "shepherd" our people. But, let's be honest there are NOT a lot of stockyards, sheep pens and shepherds in Fargo/Moorhead. So, we have introduced the language of coaching for a number of reasons...
First, we as staff hope to work as a team. Although we support the model of somebody being the team leader, we don't subscribe to the traditional language of hierarchy. The model of staff management we support and bring to FLC is that of TEAM and we want the language we use to support the idea.
Secondly, over the past years, congregations have begun to think of the staff as the players. We are NOT the players! You are the players, we are the coaches. Martin Luther brought to Christendom the idea of the "priesthood of all believers." We support the idea wholeheartedly. A number of years ago a research group studied people who had become inactive in the church. They explored what was necessary to bring them back into church life. They discovered it would take six visits from a pastor to get the wayward member back. So, they decided to send lay people. On an average it took just a little more than one visit for a lay person to retrieve the wayward. WOW! You are the players/ministers, we are the coaches.
Third, our job is to build the bench. Coaches know that the secret to their success is to let players, play. And as we explore the mission field together, the depth of our bench keeps getting deeper and deeper. The church of Christ is not on 619 Broadway. It is in the homes of every member. It is where ever you are. You are the bench of God. When there is a need for a Jesus-play in the world, God calls on the bench. God calls on you.
Finally, coaches take the raw talent of the players and help them realize their potential. Through Bible studies, small groups, service projects, family ministries and whatever else we can come up with we want to help you find your kingdom gifts.
If you're looking for a spiritual coach, you have come to the right place.