I have had the privilege of working closely with Pastor Bruce Zachary for the last couple of years, and one thing is certain, Bruce epitomizes the words “mentor” and “coach.” Although he has spent the last two decades primarily focused on ministry, I am convinced that he would do well coaching just about any sports team; and it wouldn’t matter which sport. Even if it were lacrosse or cricket, he would figure it out.
While many pastors point to Paul’s words in Ephesians 4:11-12 as the basis of their call, I’ve observed that, other than consistently teaching through the Scriptures, very few pastors know how to intentionally mentor, coach and disciple leaders into ministry. This might come as a shock to some, but I do believe that a great many pastors would own it as a reality. It is certainly not for lack of desire that this is true. Rather, many were never taught to teach others to lead. Such is not the case with Pastor Bruce.
Bruce’s professional background as a trial attorney combined with his ministry experience as a church planting pastor have provided him with a unique set of skills and a perspective that exceedingly helpful as it pertains to this subject. As ministers grow in years and experience, it becomes increasingly important for them to invest in those that are just beginning their journey and stepping in to vocational ministry. I am truly grateful that Bruce has done just that in taking the time to tackle the subject of ministry coaching.
We are blessed to be able to provide this new book as a free resource! It is a straightforward guide to effective coaching, and while this work is targeted at coaching church planters, I believe it is an essential read for any ministry leader.