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

Scott Thomas , Tom Wood , Dr. Steve Brown
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 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.

Editorial Reviews

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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: 3772 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
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Gospel-Centered Mentoring August 27, 2012
It's been exciting to watch a resurgence of churches and church leaders embracing gospel-centered thinking and practices in the last few years. This has been the fuel for several books on how to be gospel-centered, several of which I've read and learned from. The latest that I've picked up is GOSPEL COACH by Scott Thomas and Tom Wood. GOSPEL COACH is clearly from the heart of two men who want to see church leaders and anyone in a position of spiritual authority and care over someone else to be fueled by a deep penetrating and transformative relationship with Jesus Christ. Too many church leaders are overcome by the demands of their chosen profession, and GOSPEL COACH presents the idea that all church leaders need someone investing in their life and helping them to be the best Christ follower and leader they can be.

Thomas and Wood show why leaders need a coach and why they need a coach that is committed to living out the gospel and applying the gospel to the coaching relationship. They encourage a relationship that delves into the inner motivations of a leader. Leaders are encouraged to depend on and rest in the gospel, rather than performance. The goal of gospel coaching is helping leaders to be healthy shepherds of their people, as well as gospel-centered in their personal lives as well.

Thomas and Wood use many personal examples to show how gospel coaching works. The last part of the book actually looks at the process of gospel coaching and gives specific ideas for having gospel coaching sessions.

GOSPEL COACH is a great idea for church leaders. I'm not currently a church leader, but I have been, and having a gospel coach would have been a tremendous source of spiritual blessing and guidance for me. This is definitely a book to check out.

I received this book for free for review from Zondervan, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 17 days ago by Gary H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must read! "Every leader needs a coach"
Published 3 months ago by Bowhunter2011
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent source for questions
Helpful resource; excellent source for questions.
Published 4 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul coaches are great, keep the gospel!!!
Now I see more clearer why I have so much bitterness and anger in my soul, thanks to my friend that is using this book with me.
Published 5 months ago by Woisix
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, gospel-centered guidance
This book was effective in conveying strategies for successful coaching while identifying the aspects of the gospel at the heart of those strategies. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Troy
5.0 out of 5 stars Integrating Coaching with a gospel focus
I have read this book 5 times so far and have taught it to a group of leaders at my church five times. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Charles Hooper Jr
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 10 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 15 months ago by Chris Woznicki
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