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The apostle Paul, in Ephesians 4:11-13, imagines that there is a diversity of equippers operating within the Body of Christ whose role is to help fellow Christians in a variety of ways toward maturity. Yet the contemporary American church has frequently outsourced equipping to Bible colleges and seminaries or reduced equipping to mere Bible knowledge.
Coaching and Spiritual Direction in Mission Alive are equipping orientations. While different in many ways, the purpose of each is to intentionally walk alongside another believer (church planter, church leader or growing Christian) to help him/her listen more closely to God and follow more faithfully.
Mission Alive believes that "no one should plant alone." Every Mission Alive church planter has a coach to work with, who walks alongside the church planter and helps the church planter discover God's leading. The coach helps the church planter develop strategies and implement them at every stage of the church plant.
Mission Alive also believes that spiritual formation is at the core of the church and for a church to be formed into the image of Christ, the church planter must be living a life of spiritual formation. Therefore, every Mission Alive church planter has a spiritual director to help him/her focus on his/her personal spiritual life.
Mission Alive’s coaching & spiritual direction training (Equipping for Ministry) prepares church planters and church leaders to lead with a different perspective. Coaching and spiritual direction reorients leadership from power to empowerment, from telling to listening and from organizational to spiritual. Coaching & Spiriutal Direction training helps church leaders develop leadership orientations and skills to raise up others, walk alongside them and help them fulfill God’s calling in their life.
After completing the Theology Lab and Strategy Lab, Mission Alive church planters (and some established church leaders) begin working with a coach and a spiritual director. Coaches help the church planter/leader pay attention to God’s leading regarding their ministry while their spiritual director helps him/her pay attention to God’s leading regarding his/her own spiritual formation.
Check out the Coaching and Spiritual Direction sections of our site to learn more about equipping and how you and your ministry could benefit from coaching and/or spiritual direction. If you are interested in training as a coach and spiritual director, check out the Equipping for Ministry page.