I used to think people who hired a coach (for anything - weight loss, business, leadership, worship, blogging, etc.) had a combination of too much money on their hands and too little smarts to figure something out on their own.
I was wrong. Completely.
Let's talk about the money thing first. Does good coaching cost you money?
And it should. Sometimes a lot. But if the coach is good, you will see a return on that investment. Not always financially. Like in the case of hiring a fitness coach. Sure, you might get a financial return if you lose so much weight that you get modeling gig. But chances are that you'll be happy enough with just the health return on that investment.
So when it comes to the financial side of enlisting the help of a coach, there are two ways to look at it.
1) The initial cash investment.
2) The return of accelerated growth.
If you were to hire a coach to help foster a healthy culture in your worship ministry, it will likely cost you between $500 to $1500. Maybe more. But probably not less.
That's your initial investment.
But what you get on the flip side is accelerated growth. In this case, you're able to more effectively begin develop your team into one that is united around the mission/vision, respects each other, prepares, and truly worships Jesus Christ with their lives.
Could you have gotten there on your own? Probably. But maybe not as soon or directly.
And that was the second thing I was wrong about: people have the smarts to figure something out on their own. Most people, given enough time, research, energy and focus can discover the solutions to their challenges.
But when attach a coach to this equation of your time+research+energy+focus, it's with a division sign. You'll cut in half (or more) the time it takes you to reach your goal.
When I started doing Russian Hard-style Kettlebells to get into shape, I could have found a bunch of free YouTube videos to teach me. But hiring a coach was exponentially more effective. Not only could she teach me the right way in person, she could pinpoint exact areas where I wasn't using correct form. Plus, there was the added "kick in the rear" value of accountability. You can't get that from a YouTube video or Dummies book.
At it's heart, any good coaching is good stewardship.
Let me just finish up this post with four things a coach can do for you in your worship ministry, whether it's regarding technology, musicianship, team building, spiritual development, or developing your own leadership.
You might be asking the question, "how do I grow our team?" A good coach looks at the situation and may ask, "Why do you think your team isn't growing?" By processing the question honestly, you'll begin to see why you're not growing.
Good questions cut through the layers to get to the heart of an issue.
Sometimes we just don't see stuff. As I was working with one worship leader, I could see the size of his vocal team (who all sang every week) was actually causing a few issues: over-singing, an over-filled stage, and an over-filled sense of entitlement. There essentially was no room to grow - physically or relationally.
Let's face it. Sometimes we're just too entangled in a situation to see it clearly. I was able to assess this vocal over-population issue without worrying if these singers were going to like me or not. And I was able to suggest a tough, but necessary, course of action: cut your weekly vocal team into two or three teams and begin rotating. If you know church vocalists, you know that was an emotionally charged decision.
An outside, voice (without emotional involvement) is sometimes needed to help make the tough decisions.
I didn't just leave this worship leader with that big, hairy task of "cut your vocal team in half." We worked together on a plan that was vision-driven, involved workable steps through a defined timeline, and honored his current team's contribution by bringing them into the process.
Coaching really is an investment, both in yourself and your team. But not only that, it ultimately affects your whole church. If you're a better leader, and your worship ministry is stronger, your church will benefit and grow, too.
If you're interested in leadership or ministry coaching, let's start a conversation to see if it'll be a good fit for you.