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

Scott Thomas , Tom Wood , Dr. Steve Brown
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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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, edstetzer.com

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
  • ASIN: B006FPKMPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,001 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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
To tell you the truth (once again) I found myself reading a lot more Systematic Theology this year and a lot less “ministry” books. I often find myself going through cycles though, for a few months it will be all NT studies, then all ministry, then all charismatic, then all systematic theology. Also, this year I didn’t find a ministry book that I was in love with, except for this one. Gospel Coach was so good and so practical. See here is the thing, I am huge on multiplying leaders and groups. Multiplication is a big deal to me, and you can’t multiply leaders/groups without coaches. So I really believe in coaching.

Thomas and Wood tell us why we need coaches and provide a bunch of helfpul/practical ways to help our coaches do their job. However the thing that makes this book stand out is that it isn’t simply practical adivce, its practical advice rooted in the truth of the gospel. Coaching in light of the gospel; “A gospel coach provides Christian leaders a theological foundation and a practical system to develop and equip other leaders in the local church to make disciples and to shepherd them to glorify God and to effectively lead.” If you want to raise up these kinds of leaders read this book. If you want to raise up leaders who not only make other disciples but make other leaders, read this book.

(Note: This was my top "Ministry" book of 2012)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gospel-Centered Mentoring August 27, 2012
Format:Paperback
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 18 days 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 2 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 4 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 6 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 6 months ago by Harv Herman
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 13 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 14 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 15 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 15 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 18 months ago by Nita C. Korn
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