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PACT Coaching

It has been my experience that Christ-centered student pastors exude an incredible passion to make an eternal difference in the hearts of students. I cannot help but think of Paul's letter to the Church of Corinth where he joyfully declares in the third chapter, verses 3 and 4: "You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence as this is our hope through Christ before God." Centuries later, youth pastors are zealously compelled by the same Spirit to see the hearts of teens powerfully impacted with the full measure of truth of the gospel of Christ. Youth pastors invest untold hours of prayer, preparation, ministry, and creative programming, with a focus to present Christ to students and present students complete in Christ.

Unfortunately, the statistical outcome is often dismal when considering the results of their life investment. Youth pastors can often feel worn and torn with a sense that ministry has become little more than a rotating door of students dependent upon the next great alluring event. They often endure the painful loss of their upper-classman students just when it would seem that they are able to make the greatest impact among their peers in ministry. To the students, ministry often becomes a lifeless gathering and they simply endure the process.

When considering the long-term effect, national statistics indicate that the great majority of students who were once active in high school student ministries seldom seek a commitment in a local church throughout their collegiate years. No doubt, some of these results are due to the natural maturing stages of an adolescent as they take responsibility for their own faith (or the lack thereof). Understandably, during these years there is often a defining process separating those truly interested in spiritual things from those who are not. In addition, they are more mobile and there is more to capture their attention.

However, it is my belief that these challenges do not fully expose the complete issue. Over more than 30 years of student ministry, I have encountered many student ministry models. Many do quite well at what they do. My concern is that many simply stop short of their full potential.

Many student pastors have resolved to accept a meager outcome as the norm, while others find that they are continuously exhausted and dismayed as they repetitiously embark on the vicious wheel of despair of programmatic "bigger and better".

It is the desire of PACT Ministry to come along-side of student pastors through Coaching to support them as they aspire to present students and student ministries complete for Christ's glory. Our desire is to help student pastors in their quest to create fully developed ministries yielding fully devoted student leaders through inspiration, training, and life-coaching. Through this effort we wish to present trustworthy Biblical principles in a unique environment of nurture and accountability yielding incredible personal and strategic ministry results.

--Matt Brinkley



Why coaching for student pastors?

If this concept seems a bit odd, stop a minute and consider those around you who are highly successful at their sport, trade, or ministry. All of the greatest athletes, and most successful businessmen and women, as well as high impact spiritual leaders have been coached. They invest many dollars annually to have someone speaking into their lives helping them uncovering opportunities. weaknesses and employment of successful solutions. This, of course, is not unfamiliar to the believer. This principle is foundational to Biblical discipleship.

Let me remind you of the purpose of life-coaching: The purpose of personal life-coaching is to help student pastors realize their full potential in their personal life and ministry. The student pastor and his team are sure to experience greater impact if they commit to this important investment. The use of these coaching steps will help the student pastor and his church grow in very specific areas or life and ministry. Facing the facts, few adults are willing to be vulnerable when it comes to areas of weakness. Therefore, they seldom seek help to achieve Godly results. As a result, mediocrity cripples many churches. Proverbs is loaded with verse after verse regarding the need to be teachable and growth minded. Here are just a few verses:

  • Listen to Advice- Proverbs 12: 15; 21: 11; 24: 6
  • Profit from Rebuke- Proverbs 15: 31, 32; 29: 1
  • Accept Instruction- Proverbs 10: 8; 23: 12; 25: 12
  • Loves Discipline- Proverbs 25: 1


Five Primary Action Steps of a Personal Coach

  • Collaborate
    • Instructions
    • Information
    • Define Purpose
    • Inspiration
  • Observe
    • Personal Evaluation
    • RightPath
    • Brasden-Johnson
    • Personal Inventory
    • Ministry Evaluation
    • Ministry Shaping
    • 360 Surveys
  • Appraise
    • Evaluate Results
    • Set Goals
    • Create Plan
    • Define Differential Puzzle
    • Agree on Points of Progress
    • Execute Process
  • Compel
    • Assessment
    • Accountability
    • Inspiration
  • Honor
    • Support
    • Pray
    • Celebrate


Top Questions Asked about Coaching

How long does it take to complete the coaching process?

Generally the coaching process is a four to six month investment. Once this point is reached, the coach and the student pastor can determine the need for continued coaching.


Who does the coaching?

PACT Coaches are selected because they are Christ-centered. They are experienced student pastors who have a passion to serve fellow student pastors. They are leaders whose student ministries are highly effective exemplifying a commitment to the Biblical principles of evangelism, discipleship, strong adult leadership teams, and student leadership. They are committed to the stated values of PACT Ministry. The are not only qualified because of their heart and experience, they are trained and qualified through the PACT Certification process and equipped and authorized to use PACT Coaching materials. (If you would like, you can read more about the PACT Ministry values on the website).


Is the coaching done in person or on the telephone?

While it is always preferable to meet in person, coaching can also be successful over the telephone.


How often do you meet for coaching?

It is recommended that coaching should take place at least twice per month leaving time for assignments to be accomplished, but meeting enough to develop strong relationships and stay closely accountable to the coaching goals.


What types of issues are identified during the coaching process for development?

Coaches are trained, through the use of excellent evaluation tools, to identify critical areas for development. The areas considered are the student pastor's personal walk with God, their family values and life balance, and their strategic ministry.


How do I get started?

Please contact us at to begin the application process.



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