Church Planters, Coaches, and Advancing the Mission
Church planting is tough, but glorious work.
This is why we care about getting church planters focused and intentional support as they prepare to plant. One new way we're preparing to do this is through church plant coaching. This is a new initiative for us in Sovereign Grace, and we're excited about how this will position us to serve church planters for years to come.
Last year, our Director of Church Planting, Ian McConnell, and two members of our National Church Planting Group, Mike Seaver, and Chris Daukas, received coaching certification through Redeemer Church’s City to City Network. They learned from the City to City Network's practice and plan for coaching and then spent time considering how to contextualize the principles for our Sovereign Grace family of churches. This fall Mike and Chris are leading us in passing on this training to all our Sovereign Grace regions.
In September, 12 pastors from across Sovereign Grace from every region in the US, as well as Gracia Soberana Latin America, came together in Philadelphia to be trained to coach church planters in their regions. Over 48hrs of intense training, the men learned a specific method for helping church planters in four areas of life: personal, spiritual, relational, and missional. These coaches will now spend time each month working on their coaching skills with one another, and then end the training with a final in-person training time in March.
All this means that next year as church planters enter the pipeline and begin their pre-launch year they'll be assigned a coach who will stay them for two years of specific support. When coupled with our pre-launch cohort, coaching will be a key way we support church planters through the challenges of planting.
Pray for Mike and Chris and the 12 men being trained to coach church planters this year. Pray that this training would be an important tool in advancing the gospel for years to come in our family of churches.
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Ricky Alcantar is the Lead Pastor at Cross of Grace Church in El Paso, TX. He loves his wife Jenn, his two boys, and his city. Sometimes he writes. Other times he just thinks about writing and listens to a lot of podcasts instead.