Coaching . . . the most effective way to transform the Next Generation by Dan & Suzie Potter
It was time again to head to the airport and fly home. We moved around the room, saying good-bye to several of our young Brazilian TeenStreet partners. As we hugged each one, many spoke up and asked us if we would have time to coach them. Their request was not for us to teach them our skills, but instead to help them discover and develop their own lives.
The Next Generation longs to be Coached which is well-defined as “an ongoing intentional conversation that empowers a person or group to fully live out God’s calling.” – Keith E. Webb
Young people between the ages of 15 and 25 are in the process of making the most significant choices of their lives:. Their deepest friendships, faith, career path, life partner values, habits, worldview, self-image, social skills, sexual and political orientation are selected during these years. At the exact same time, this group is rightfully spreading their own wings. Mom and Dad still have influence, but they need other significant voices to draw them out as independent, as well as, dependent people.
Bob Nardelli, the CEO of Home Depot said, “I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.”
Most people over 25 years old have grown up in an “information” world, but the next generation finds most information with only a few clicks on their smart phones. What they long for is personal “formation”. They long to embrace their purpose of life, passion for life and connection to life, yet they need help finding that life. Life for them cannot be found on a page, in a meeting or in a good human example. They find life as they live in community. Coaches become a young person’s “life guide” as they journey towards the future.
As we study this generation, we quickly see that the number one influence on a young person is not their friends, or family, or media but their own choices. Those who have a coach have entered into an ongoing intentional conversation in which their choices, and the results of those choices, have been personally processed and examined through specific coaching questions.
In Ephesians 1:18 it says: ”I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,” Coaching is a life-giving process that helps the eyes of one’s heart be enlightened.
We believe Coaching is the most effective way to transform the life of the next generation.
Written by Dan & Suzie Potter 2016