The Coaching Approach

In the movie Star Wars, there are coaches everywhere: Qui-Gon Jinn to Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan to Anakin, Obi-Wan to Luke, and Yoda to just about everyone.

In X-men, Charles Xavier, also known as Professor X, makes it his mission to coach troubled mutant youth.

In the movie Karate Kid, Mr. Miyagi coaches a bullied student and demonstrates there is more to karate than fighting.

In the Gospels, Jesus coached His 12 disciples so they could be light and love to others.

In the book of Ephesians, Timothy was a young leader of the church in Ephesus and his coach, Paul, reminds him: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in your purity,” (1 Timothy 4:12 NIV).

All of these coaches—fictional or historical—taught their students valuable life lessons. These coaches impressed these lessons on their students through hands-on life lessons, through examples, and through living out the principles and strategy about which they spoke.

Every great student pastor has a great coach.

Coaches get ministry leaders prepared. The secret to sustainable student ministry is getting constant, consistent critique from coaches who love and care for you not only as a ministry leader but also for your ministry. Ministry coaches make ministry leaders see what they can be rather than what they are. Coaches ask a lot of challenging questions and let the ministry leader come up with the answer.

I don’t know about you, but having consistent, caring and committed ministry coaches in different seasons of my youth ministry career is not only what helped me address unhealthy ministry habits and eliminate many youth ministry mistakes, but also saved me from burning and flaking out of ministry. My ministry coaches empowered and equipped me to get my student ministry healthy and thriving. Without their perspective, I would have been blind to my ministry mistakes.

Here at Orange, we want to partner with you in the same way, by providing a coach for you or your church. With Orange Coaching your church will be assigned their very own coach to come on-site and give your staff timely and contextual guidance. This coach will not only provide your staff with specific information personalized for the needs of your church, but also equip, train and cast vision for your staff that is distinct just for your set of issues and goals.

Think of it as your own mini Orange Conference that is designed to address your issues, with your unique staff, within your unique culture, with the unique personality of your church. And the more specific you can address your issues, the more ground you can advance. There’s a one-time fee for the service, and you can get more information at


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