Michigan Churches Get Coaching for Better Ministry

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When Rev. Nathan Visker, pastor of Ferrysburg Community Christian Reformed Church in Spring Lake, Mich., wanted his church to become more missional, he took advantage of coaching services available from Christian Reformed Home Missions in the Great Lakes region.

“One of the great outcomes of the coaching relationship has been the development of specific initiatives,” said Visker.

Rev. Jeff Boersma, a church planter in nearby Muskegon, Mich., was Visker’s coach.

A truck delivers food to neighbors in Ferrysburg Community Church’s parking lot.

Boersma met with Visker to help identify where God was already working and to take those ministries to a new level. This included a letter writing ministry to prisoners, a meals program for a nearby neighborhood, and specific times of congregational prayer for discernment. “Jeff helped me identify the steps that needed to be taken to see these initiatives through,” said Visker. 

Boersma, who has been a coach for seven years, describes coaching as a process guided by the Holy Spirit of coming alongside ministry leaders or teams to help discern God’s call for their life, leadership, and ministry.

Benefits of coaching include discovering resources, creating a space for listening to the Holy Spirit, being affirmed as the expert of one’s own context, deepening conviction about what God wants, and receiving encouragement in a confidential relationship.”

Goals are set at the beginning of the coaching relationship to help guide the process.

At McBain CRC, one of Rev. Jaclyn Guikema Busch’s professional goals was evangelism. Through a coaching relationship, Busch was able to recognize current outreach opportunities in her everyday interactions.

“My coach and I prayed together that I would see and seize opportunities.  The next time we talked I told him of two opportunities to share the gospel that I had had in the previous month. One was at a coffee shop with a stranger. Another one was at a funeral, talking with a grandchild of the person who had died,” said Busch. “Coaching helped me see through my problem to a solution. It has been wonderful to have a coach to vent my heart and focus my mind on solutions to problems in life and in ministry.”

Coaching is available for leaders and congregations, and some churches may qualify for funding assistance with a Sustaining Congregational Excellence grant.

About the Author

Daina Kraai is the Banner's regional news correspondent for classes Muskegon and Northern Michigan.

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LIGHT CHAPEL CHURCHES INT

P.O.BOX KS 127 KAOSA
ACCRA
GHANA WEST AFRICA

Dear Sir/ madam

Greetings from light chapel church int.

the reason why i am writhing you this letter is about my churches .Sir our madam . and first of all i have orphans in my churches whose parents are dead in the churches and in some villages their both parent are dead and their relatives don't care for them even where to get food to eat they suffer before getting their daily bread. So please i need more hand of help so that we can help them in the villages to get food to eat

Secondly they don't have any one to even to pay their school fees for them to go to school so they are in the house doing nothing without schooling .So please i want volunteer missionary and come and help our support me with them. please i need schools and clinic churches building projects in them various villages to help

Thirdly , the place where they fetch their drinking water in very far and the water is too contaminated with rubbish but because they don't have good drinking water they fetch it like that and the children walk miles before getting their drinking water or before they get water to drink in the villages and is too bad so please , help us give them portable / hygienic and contaminated and whiles all the orphans will die because their drinking water is not good , so they fall sick everyday but we do not have money to send them to the clinic for treatment so please help us save their lives .

Finally , even they do not have clothing , shelter , sandals slippers etc . if you get to the villages , all are naked and barefooted in the villages so please i want you to give a hands of help our support to the options in the villages all that you don't help them save their life to Jesus from all that suffering they are passing through in the villages and the bible says the one who care for the orphans in God bless. so please help us save their life .

Thank you God Blesses
from
Rev wisdom mensah

LIGHT CHAPEL CHURCHES INT

P.O.BOX KS 127 KAOSA
ACCRA
GHANA WEST AFRICA

Dear Sir/ madam

Greetings from light chapel church int.

the reason why i am writhing you this letter is about my churches .Sir our madam . and first of all i have orphans in my churches whose parents are dead in the churches and in some villages their both parent are dead and their relatives don't care for them even where to get food to eat they suffer before getting their daily bread. So please i need more hand of help so that we can help them in the villages to get food to eat

Secondly they don't have any one to even to pay their school fees for them to go to school so they are in the house doing nothing without schooling .So please i want volunteer missionary and come and help our support me with them. please i need schools and clinic churches building projects in them various villages to help

Thirdly , the place where they fetch their drinking water in very far and the water is too contaminated with rubbish but because they don't have good drinking water they fetch it like that and the children walk miles before getting their drinking water or before they get water to drink in the villages and is too bad so please , help us give them portable / hygienic and contaminated and whiles all the orphans will die because their drinking water is not good , so they fall sick everyday but we do not have money to send them to the clinic for treatment so please help us save their lives .

Finally , even they do not have clothing , shelter , sandals slippers etc . if you get to the villages , all are naked and barefooted in the villages so please i want you to give a hands of help our support to the options in the villages all that you don't help them save their life to Jesus from all that suffering they are passing through in the villages and the bible says the one who care for the orphans in God bless. so please help us save their life .

Thank you God Blesses
from
Rev wisdom mensah

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