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Gospel Coach: Shepherding Leaders to Glorify God [Kindle Edition]

Scott Thomas , Tom Wood , Dr. Steve Brown
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In order to help pastors and other Christian leaders to lovingly lead God’s flock to Jesus Christ and into God’s mission, Scott Thomas and Tom Wood clarify a process of coaching and shepherding that is rooted in the patterns of the Good Shepherd himself, a process in which leaders stir up the gifts, passion, and calling upon others’ lives. This book addresses the needs of the leader, his or her sinful tendencies, and church leadership issues. It directs the leader to the person and work of Jesus. It provides a system to intentionally shepherd leaders to glorify God in their personal, spiritual, and missional lives. Many ministry leaders serving in churches find themselves overwhelmed, disillusioned, and depressed by the enormous and challenging task of leading and ministering in a congregation. As a result, the ministry suffers, the leaders suffer, and the result is often an unhealthy church existent with little or no Gospel influence. These leaders need someone to shepherd their soul so that they can lead others to the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We suggest that coaching for the church leader looks less like corporate consulting or humanistic psychology and more like biblical-shepherding. We suggest that every church leader needs a Gospel Coach to come alongside with words of truth, wisdom and experience to encourage, admonish, comfort and help---words drawn from Scripture and godly wisdom, grounded in the gracious saving work of Jesus Christ, and presented in the context of a trusting relationship. Gospel Coaching is an intentional relationship to skillfully care for others with four ancient shepherding principles: 1) Know the sheep, 2) Feed the sheep, 3) Lead the sheep, and 4) Protect the sheep. A Gospel Coach both inquires about the personal, spiritual, and missional aspects of a ministry leader’s life in a loving yet focused manner, and also probes the church leader for compulsive unbelief or selfish motivation, or disobedience and sin, and leads the ministry leader back to the Gospel, through belief, repentance and obedience. Churches that desire to be rich in a Gospel application toward their city, their relationships with one another, their communication and worship, as well as their service, will benefit to a greater degree by having their leaders being coached by a Gospel-centered leader.

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"This is an outstanding book, filled with immense amounts of spiritual and practical wisdom concerning the training of leaders among God's people. The book reflects a solid understanding of Scripture and many years of pastoral ministry experience. It challenged and encouraged my own life, ministry, and walk with God. Highly recommended!"
    Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies
    Phoenix Seminary, Phoenix, AZ
"I've seen my friend Scott Thomas shepherd church leaders for years. Scott is aware of the issues leaders face and their personal, spiritual, ministry lives. Gospel Coach is a practical and theologically rich book that will help produce healthy leaders to lead missional churches."
    Ed Stetzer, President of Lifeway Research,

From the Back Cover

Every Leader Needs a Coach. 
    Many ministry leaders serving in churches find themselves overwhelmed, disillusioned, and depressed by the enormous and challenging task of leading and serving others. When leaders aren't healthy, the result is often an unhealthy church.
    Every church leader -- from full time ministers to volunteer leaders -- needs a gospel coach, someone to come along side them with words of truth and wisdom to encourage, admonish and help them in their life and leadership.
    This comprehensive, gospel-centered resource shows you how to disciple, mentor and shepherd leaders in a loving yet focused manner, probing the heart for compulsive unbelief or selfish motivations, disobedience, and sin, leading people back to the transforming power of the gospel through faith, repentance, and obedience.

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  • File Size: 1929 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I got one of the early copies (the "hairy knuckles" cover) as part of taking the Gospel Coaching course led by Scott Thomas. I've read through the book 3 times and completed the training and currently have my first group of people I'm leading through the coaching process.

As I first read the book I was impressed with the pastoral heart and the focus on the Gospel as the agent of transformation in our daily lives. We should never underestimate the power of the Gospel, but it happens nonetheless, even to pastors. This book brings that back clearly into focus and adds in some very practical ways to move Gospel knowledge to Gospel action and transformation.

This book is in a sense a road map for life coaching with the Gospel as the lens through which we view that process. While the book is fantastic, getting to one of the trainings will take it to a whole new level beyond that. While the intent of both the book and the training is for coaching others, it goes beyond that and had a great impact on pushing me to examine my own faith and how to better live a life that reflects the good news of Jesus Christ in all that I do. It pushes the user to make things actionable - it isn't enough to know you need to change, you have to take action.

I also appreciate that this book is more than just pious spirituality. It intends to change all areas and aspects of life. It has been helping me re-frame my need to get into better shape for instance.

If you are a pastor this is almost in the "must read" category in my opinion. If you lead other people it fits that same category as well. If you simply want to grow in your day-to-day living out your faith in Jesus Christ this is an exceptional tool as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this one! January 5, 2013
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There are lots of good books on coaching out there - but I don't know of any that center coaching in the gospel like this one does. For that reason alone, this book has become the first one I recommend to those who are coaching men and women in ministry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Need this Book on Your Shelf August 16, 2012
Youth. Talent. Drive. We are inclined to think that these three ingredients are essential to success. But, with the NFL and NCAA Football seasons starting up, it's a good time to watch that assumption play out. On both levels there are dozens of extremely talented men who are in the prime of their life and athletic career. For those in college, their dream is to make it to the NFL. For those already in the NFL, they want to maintain (or attain) a starting position and get to the Super Bowl and the Hall of Fame. While youth, talent and drive are key to success in athletics, they don't guarantee it. Some people are inclined to think that what you are is all you will be. For pastors, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones believed that teaching homiletics (preaching) was an abomination. He believed that the Spirit made each man a particular kind of preacher and that was that. Lloyd-Jones was a brilliant man and a godly pastor, but I think he makes a terrible error at this point. We fall prey to a kind of determinism if we think that we can only be as effective as the skill sets we were born with.

Now, with so many young, talented men filling the rosters of NCAA and NFL Football teams, why is it that some excel and others do not? I'm convinced that the determining factor is coaching. A good coach makes all the difference. The right coach can turn a mediocre player into a force to be reckoned with. A mediocre coach can make the all-time best, worse. Yet, the player doomed for failure - regardless of of talent and drive - is the one who thinks he doesn't need a coach. He's the one who thinks he's going to change the future of the team and the game all on his own. It's the coach who needs to listen to him. What does all this have to do with a book on ministry coaches? Because most pastors are that player.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical helpful guide for shepherding the heart June 16, 2012
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Excellent book that lays out the purpose and intent of coaching. It does a great job of explaining how our hearts are naturally deceptive and we need to be coached and guided into Gospel beleif. A must for all Christian leaders and pastors and an essential tool for any disciple maker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical & Deep June 4, 2012
By Todd
Wow! I have anticipated reading this book for some time now. My anticipation was met and surpassed. The principles and the plans laid out by Scott Thomas in this book are remarkable. They are remarkable for how insightful they are, and how simple they are to live out. Gospel coaching someone is not rocket science. It does take some consistency and some willingness to really get to know another person and to a desire to lead them further into maturity in Christ.

This book is dripping with solid practical advice and that starts in part 1 where Thomas lays out the foundations of Gospel Coaching. The beginning of this foundation is that every church leader needs a coach and every church leader needs the Gospel. I have heard it said that we can never graduate from the Gospel and Scott Thomas really fleshes out this truth in chapter two. The foundation also involves exploring the fallacies of performance-centered leadership inside the church, how that relates to stress in the ministry and examining the only real cure for ministry stress. This section closes by taking a look at three area in which we all need to examine our life; spiritually, personally, and missionally.

Part 2 explores what it means to coach as a shepherd leader. Pastoring people really does require that we shepherd people and to do that well, we need to know them, feed them, lead them, and protect them. We cannot feed, lead or protect without knowing someone. To try to do so will only result in heartache and failure. It all begins by knowing people and knowing them well. Then we can feed them, and we feed them with the truth of God's word. We also lead them, we lead them to maturity in Christ, and along the way we protect them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Pastor gave a conference based on this book
It starts pretty good, but the psychology part of it was putting me to sleep faster than an over the counter sleep aid.
Published 4 days ago by LEONOR HERNANDEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with good training
I really enjoyed going through this book. My pastor and I went through it together and are attending a Gospel Coach conference this weekend. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thanks
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I hear.
I understand Thomas's book critiques the book by Jane Creswell: Christ-Centered Coaching: 7 Benefits of Ministry Leaders. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harv Herman
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to raise up leaders who make more leaders....
To tell you the truth (once again) I found myself reading a lot more Systematic Theology this year and a lot less “ministry” books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris Woznicki
4.0 out of 5 stars a lot at once
This book has both theory and practice all in one. I had a hard time getting through it all because of the different dimensions. Read more
Published 8 months ago by BDC
4.0 out of 5 stars Section 3 is worth it all
I found the book pretty good overall. It attempts to be a standalone book, assuming that many of its readers have not read a book explaining what the gospel is and how it affects... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eyesandwings
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and practical
This book is NOT another book written by people who've never done it with a system that doesn't work in real life. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Theological + Practical = Pastoral
This book stresses the importance of motivating people with the Gospel, while explaining how to do so in some concrete, practical ways. Read more
Published 11 months ago by The Beetle
5.0 out of 5 stars practical , effective and God centered
Great application of reformed theology . Very helpful as I plan training for mentoring and discipleship in our women's ministry.
Published 14 months ago by Nita C. Korn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool in the right hands.
If you're a pastor who would like to actually pastor and shepherd your church leaders, this is a great tool for you to use. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tim Buehler
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