Much of what I’ve talked about in these tips so far this year speaks to ministry and strategy. But many of us are far enough into this campus year that we want to pay attention to the heart of our staff and leaders. We’ve worked hard to follow up and involve freshmen. It is understandable if we feel tired.
Several years ago, the old Campus Field Ministry national team had a focus on coaching. Various staff worked on “coaching to strategy” tools and others on “coaching to shepherd”.
In an unpublished article, the latter group used the “cycles of momentum” to identify common and predictable emotions that teams experience throughout the year. They categorized their work by
1. Typical emotions experienced,
2. Possible root issues, and
3. Resources and responses.
Their tool listed emotions, roots, and resources for every month of the campus year. As we’re more than half way through September, I am summarizing these for October.
Possible emotions experienced.
- Weariness / Adrenaline letdown :: Can enter a funk. Real rest needed.
- Do I have a life? Spouse? etc. :: A proper downshift is needed, and how do I do that?
- May stop depending on the Lord and enter into default mode.
- Is this worth it?
Possible root issues.
- Owning that I have perhaps ignored myself, my family, etc.
- Identity in ministry success :: An over personalization of results defining them.
- Short term mindset :: Comparison & frustration with results.
Responses and resources.
- Book // In the Name of Jesus (Nouwen)
- Helping them take time to pause, reflect, celebrate, lift eyes up.
- Article // Reading Your Gauges (Hybels)
- Reminder of vision from coach/leadership, and pass it on.
- Talk // Rescue the Dying (Hutchcraft)
- Coaching toward leaving margin for high level priorities on Position Focus (i.e. Downshift). Tool // Position Focus. Tool // Review Job Description.
If you lead any kind of team, be mindful that you must coach to strategy and coach to shepherd. You are seeking to make a difference for Christ. And you are caring for your people in the process.
Fall Coaching Tips