Think about this…

  • Steph Curry has a shooting coach.
  • Serena Williams has a tennis coach.
  • Mariah Carey has a voice coach.
  • Jordan Spieth has a swing coach.

Do you look at that list and wonder, “Why?” Who is qualified to teach them how to get better? I certainly do.

Good things come to those who commit to being coached. Whether it’s in sports, music, or ministry, each of us needs to be in either relationships or learning communities where there is coaching, accountability and encouragement so that we an continue to grow and improve.

How about you? Are you in any environments or relationships where people are invited to offer you suggestions on how to grow and improve?  If not, I encourage you, begin to pray and ask God to lead you so that you can have that. Seek it out from people who are fruitful and have skills or insights you need at this season of life.

I’ve been praying and hoping our district conference coming up in October will open up some opportunities for those types of connections. But you don’t need to wait until October. Contact us in the district office ( and let us know how we can help you or your leaders think about personal and ministry growth.

And by the way, here’s an invitation from Mike Jarrell, the Creo East Missional Director:

This Friday I am getting together with a couple of guys in our district to discuss three things in particular:

  1.  How to multiply everything: disciples, leaders, communities, churches, and movements.
  2. How to live more intentionally on the mission of Jesus and send/join our people on mission.
  3. How to make disciples who understand how to use their gifts in community and on mission

One of the things I am privileged to do is encourage other pastors of both established churches and church plants as they seek to make disciples, live on mission, and plant new churches. I have a passion for coaching because I’ve met so many pastors who feel alone on the journey, and could use some direction, conversation, and accountability around being intentional to see disciples multiplied and lost people reached in their communities.

If you feel alone on the journey of making disciples, feel stuck in how to equip believers in your communities to use their gifts on mission, or don’t quite know how to engage the lost culture around you that doesn’t seem to want to come to your church services, I would love to connect with you.

I would like to offer either a community of mutual accountability and ongoing training, regular coaching, or both. I will be leading a breakout session at our Eastern District conference and I would love to connect with you.

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Eddie Cole

Executive Vice President of National Ministries at EFCA
Eddie is currently planting a church in Virginia with his wife Jessica. He was previously the Executive Vice President of National Ministries for the EFCA and before that the EFCA East District Superintendent. Regardless of role, with a desire to share the Gospel in word and deed, Eddie’s calling is to come alongside pastors and leaders helping them live well, lead well and multiply their ministries with vision and passion.

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