• Ali Kennedy

Is Coaching Biblical?




The Bible never commands us to coach. In fact, the word coach is never used. So why coach? Is coaching--and doing ministry from a coach approach--even Biblical?


The Bible does command us to make disciples. Yet the roadmap to how we do that is not explicitly given. God leaves the methodology up to us as long as it is consistent with Scriptural principles. I’d like to suggest that coaching is one such method—and in this case, a method that is incredibly consistent with biblical principles. Let us briefly consider, Three Ways a Coach Approach Aligns with Biblical Principles:


1. A coach approach...helps others grow in discernment of what God is saying to them.


Jesus says,But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26)


Leading from a coach approach in small groups or any ministry context simply means that instead of telling, we make the space for the Holy Spirit to illuminate Truth in the hearts of our small group members. We can help to clarify, but we don’t prescribe or dictate.


2. A coach approach...helps draw out of people the purposes and plans God has put inside of them through His Holy Spirit.


I love the ancient proverb that says, “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.” (Proverbs 20:5)


Leading from a coach approach simply means we see our role not as dropping in but drawing out the thoughts, ideas, dreams and purposes of our members.


3. A coach approach...helps develop focus and perseverance in Christians so that they may finish their race well.


Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Therefore...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith.”


Leading from a coach approach simply means we are committed to helping our members move forward in their race - removing real barriers by staying focused and fixing their eyes on Christ.


These are just a few of the many ways applying a coach approach to any ministry context aligns with the principles in Scripture. What else would you add? Please share your thoughts here!