As I thought recently about the clients I currently have the privilege of coaching, it occurred to me that most of them are solo pastors. Some have very part-time administrative staff, facilities managers, or directors of specialized ministries, but by and large their offices are echo chambers during the week.
Now, let me be clear that I found it very helpful to have a coach when I served as an associate pastor. Multi-minister staff dynamics can get pretty gnarly, and it helps to have an outsider to process them with. But I want to give a special shout out to my solo pastor clients who are refusing to Lone Ranger it and are instead proactively seeking a conversation partner and an encourager. Isolation ramps up the potential for all kinds of personal and vocational snags, and seeking out a colleague is an important piece of health and effectiveness. Thank you for modeling the power of relationship for other solo pastors and for the people in your care.