Small Church Pastor
Coaching, Consulting, and Resources for Pastors of Smaller Churches.
Copyright, Dave Jacobs 2012
The Bible doesn't mention coaching per se, but there is much said about seeking counsel.
Coaching involves giving counsel, but not all who give counsel are coaches. Coaching is more than
giving advice. The Bible is filled with examples of coaching relationships: Moses and Joshua, Elijah
and Elisha, Paul and Timothy, and of course, Jesus and the disciples.
A coach provides objective, honest, practical, and safe feedback while
walking with you through your personal challenges. Here are some reasons why you might link up
with a coach:
preaching, administrating, goal-setting, etc.
- If you feel stuck in a certain area of your life or ministry
- If you feel stuck in an area pertaining to your personal ministry
- If you need help in a certain area of ministry-skill, i.e. counseling
- If you are considering transitioning out of ministry or to another
- If you are a new church planter
- If you are faced with a crisis either personal or professional
- If you are preparing to select your first board
- If you want to better your preaching skills
The rule of thumb is...when you feel stuck in any area of life or ministry it's good to link up with a
|"Coaching focuses on future possibilities,
not past mistakes."
"Coaches see people in terms of their future
potential, not their past performance."
"A coach must be experienced as a
support, not as a threat."
"If we do not change direction, we are liable to end
up where we are headed. A coach helps
one change direction."
"I am able to control only that which I am aware
of. That which I am unaware of controls me.
Awareness empowers me. Coaching
"When you are sure that you have no more
ideas, a good coach helps you come up with just
"Coaching offers personal control. A primary
cause of stress in the ministry is a lack
of personal control."
Adapted from Coaching for
Performance by John Whitmore,
Nicholas Brealey Publishers,
I use a Seven Step Process of coaching that helps you systematically
move from where you are, to where you want to be.
To find out more about what we will do when we meet
"You would be hard pressed to find
someone with more experience or insight
into the life of the local church than Dave
Jacobs. Any pastor would benefit greatly
by having Dave as a resource for advice
and encouragement. He is loved and
respected by all who know him. I could
not recommend anyone more highly."
-Steve Mason, Senior Pastor, Oasis Christian
Fellowship of Redlands
"Dave has made an impact on my life
that will last for eternity. I can't speak
highly enough of his character and I can't
think of anyone I would more proudly
recommend for coaching and
-Matt Sampson Southern Oregon Regional
Director, Sparrow Clubs, USA
"From his rich experience, he brings a
seasoned and sober understanding of
what life is like for the small church
pastor. As a result he offers a healthy
and hopeful perspective on how to
fulfill God's call in this unique pastoral
setting. Dave's coaching and consulting
will make a difference for any pastor of
an average American Church."
-Russ Ikeda Emmaus Ministries of Silicon
Dave's Seven Step Process
"A coach provides objective, honest,
practical, and safe feedback while
walking with you through your
personal challenges." -Dave Jacobs
Every study we have done shows that church leaders
will do a better job leading their church to health if they
have a coach who comes alongside to encourage
them, ask questions, offer resources and hold them