A Message from the Director...
"Could I ask you some questions?
- Are you a missionary who wants regular personalized leadership development and support?
- Are you in your first 2 years post-field and want someone to walk with you in your transition back home?
- Are you a home office staffer looking for increased growth and effectiveness?
- Are you preparing for cross cultural missions work?
A professionally trained, cross culturally experienced missions coach can help. To find out more of what that might look like, check out our Bridges program. For only $15 per coaching session and a small registration fee, you can get started NOW with your own life and leadership coach! Fill out your application today and by next week, you can experience the benefits of having a coach walk with you! For more information, click on "Bridges Program" and get started."
Tina Stoltzfus Horst, M.S., CLC
Impacting Nations by Upholding Leaders
Coaching Mission International leverages the cross-cultural, mission experience of qualified professional coaches and modern communication technology to multiply the effectiveness of frontline mission leaders. With the help of its partners, CMI is able to make high quality coaching available and affordable where it will make the greatest impact.
"The last year has been one of extreme testing…where a lot of my values, convictions and calling have been challenged. I realize that one factor that has helped me stay on track has been the CMI coaching programme. My wife and I realize that if it were not for the coaching input, we would probably have been very bitter, hurt and apathetic people." - South Asia Mission Leader
How does coaching impact missions?
Coaching, because it is not telling or advice-based, is extremely flexible cross culturally and is an adaptable leadership development tool for missions. In addition, because coaching works successfully over internet or phone connection, it is highly accessible for missions. Its transformational impact has made coaching an explosively growing part of the business world; and it is also widely used in walking with church planters and small group leaders, where research has found that coaching leads to more successful church plants and is the single most important factor in maintaining successful cell groups.
CMI's own research with missionaries in Asia, using comparison of pre and post coaching evaluations has revealed that leaders receiving a year of professional Christian coaching from a cross culturally experienced missions coach resulted in an average:
34% improvement in leader satisfaction with pace of life and ministry
35% improvement in leader clarity about calling and roles; and improvement in active movement towards roles that most reflected the leader's calling
35% improvement in the leader's perceived sense of being supported and cared for
49% improvement in leader satisfaction with their own leadership development process
In fact, in EVERY area surveyed, the group of leaders receiving coaching improved! These dramatic results demonstrate coaching's effectiveness and impact on missions workers on the field. Here are some reflections from leaders in South Asia about their coaching experience:
“Coaching gives me accountability. It helps me reflect on my life. Its something I was looking for for a long time and did not know where to find. I wished in my heart to have someone to talk to, who would challenge me to think and find the solution for myself. Rather than giving me advice or information from the outside, my coach gives me the power to make decisions with God, so the desire comes from in me, and gives me more power. Transformation is taking place!”
- “Over the months, I've not only accomplished the original goal I'd set with my coach, but many others of equal or greater importance. My coach helps me stay focused upon my vision and take action toward specific goals. I'm accomplishing more and at a faster rate”
The New Mission Reality
The world is rapidly changing and impacting the work of frontline missionaries. Consider the following:
- Political shifts, globalization and introduction of cell, internet and transportation technologies have opened doors to large blocks of unreached, unevangelized people on an unprecedented scale.
- Many nations are now closed or highly restricted toward traditional missionary work.
- Frontline mission leaders are faced with pioneering new strategies and non-traditional approaches that push them way beyond their training and experience.
- To meet the challenge they require a level of support, encouragement and accountability that most understaffed mission organizations are not able to provide.
The caliber of frontline mission leadership impacts the effectiveness of hundreds of others. Thankfully, the same technologies that are opening new frontiers are being applied to make that support possible. (Learn more....)