There is a great old song that goes, "...we all need someone to lean on..." We do.
I remember serving a rural church in a farming community. It was spring. One farmer invited me to join him for coffee at the local restaurant. When we showed up there were already a number of men sitting around a few tables enjoying the morning gossip. As I observed the men and listened in on their conversation I quickly realized that they were actually gaining advice from each other. It was really informal, but their conversation moved around and through many different topics where each person chimed in with their few words. They may not have realized that they were gaining information that would help them as they made their own decisions on what to plant this year, or where to get the best price on fertilizer, but that was exactly what was happening. Even the "self-made man" gets advice from someone.
We need others to speak into our life. Sometimes it is information that just informs us about the world around us, but sometimes it is information that helps us be who we want to be. Many churches have small groups where people can get to know a few people and hopefully get to the point where they truly can be open with each other and help hold each other accountable. Some people have great friends whom they can share everything with. Some are close to their family and can regularly pour out their heart to a mom or dad.
But unfortunately, there is a "loneliness epidemic" in our world.
A CBC online article stated: In Canada, studies have found that one in five Canadians identify as being lonely.
I wonder how many of those are pastors, or church leaders? It is lonely at the top they say. As a pastor, it is hard to find a friend you can be truly open with, especially in your own church.
We need people to walk through life with us. We need someone to bounce ideas off of. We benefit from having someone to hold us accountable.
I am available to provide coaching. This may be a short term venture, or a long term relationship. My goal is to help you become and do what you believe God is asking of you. That means helping you to find your way through difficulties or guiding you toward goals you have set. It means being available to encourage and empower you to be your best, even as others may be discouraging you.
We all need someone to lean on. We have Jesus, and we definitely need to lean on Him. But we also need someone to walk alongside us. Hopefully you have a friend or two to do that with. But even then, sometimes having a coach may make your life that much more fruitful.
Contact me if you would like to pursue a coaching relationship.
Keep looking up.
Author: Andy Wiebe
In 25 years of pastoral ministry I have loved preaching and teaching. I enjoy encouraging and helping believers and pastors become the best they can be. And I love the church, desiring it to be the best it can be.