Mentoring/Ministry Coaching

One of Rory’s favorite things to do is to get up alongside leaders and offer support, advice, and encouragement. Over the years, scores of worship leaders and arts directors have benefited from his thirty-plus years of ministry experience. Whether you need help sorting through ministry issues and conflicts or just looking to take your leadership the next step, a one-on-one coaching relationship may be just what you’re looking for. If you’re searching for ministry coaching to help facilitate personal, spiritual, and/or professional growth, Rory would love to serve you in that capacity.

To inquire further about mentoring, please fill out the Ministry Coaching Inquiry Form and you will be contacted shortly thereafter.

What does a ministry coaching relationship look like?

Basically, it’s a series of one-on-one meetings with Rory usually by phone or Skype. These 45-minute meetings can occur weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly and the arrangement can last 3-6 months, a year, or be open-ended. The fee for each session is $125 an hour. Sometimes an initial meeting takes place on site allowing Rory to observe rehearsals and a service, but that’s not always necessary.

Who pays for the ministry coaching—the church or the individual?

Some clients consider ministry coaching part of their ongoing personal development and are more than happy to pay for it themselves. They see the need, reap the benefits, and have no problem justifying the cost. However, many churches these days have funds available to staff members for continuing education, which would include ministry coaching. So if you’re interested in coaching, be sure to run the idea by your church leadership to see if they’ll foot the bill or at least split the cost with you.

Benefits of Mentoring/Coaching

  1. Professional Growth. What’s the next step for you in your development as a leader? Whether it be specific ministry abilities or those all important people skills, a good mentor/coach can help you grow as a leader. As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17).
  2. Valuable Wisdom and Advice. When facing ministry issues, difficulties with volunteers, or conflicts with your pastor, it’s always helpful to have someone to go to for wisdom or advice—preferably someone who’s “been there” and dealt with the same challenges you’re facing. Wise advice can save you from a lot of bad or untimely decisions. “Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom” (1 Corinthians 2:6).
  3. Creative Ideas. Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut creatively? A seasoned ministry leader can offer creative programming ideas as well as alternative solutions to problems. “In abundance of counselors there is victory” (Proverbs 24:6).
  4. Spiritual Guidance. You pour yourself into caring for the souls of others. Who’s looking after your soul? Do you have anyone in your life who regularly checks in on you spiritually? A good mentor is also a faithful soul friend who genuinely cares about your walk with the Lord and the welfare of your soul (Philippians 2:20).
  5. Personal Character Growth. What is the next step for you in your character growth? A good mentor who’s attentive to his or her own spiritual formation can be an invaluable asset in your own journey to be all that God has for you to be. “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12, Paul to his young protege, Timothy).
  6. Spiritual Friendship. Do you have someone to talk to when in need? Someone who’s 100% safe? With whom you can be completely honest and transparent? A good mentor can help shoulder any personal burdens you desire to share. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
  7. Accountability. Do you have accountability in your life? A mentor/coach can keep you accountable in whatever areas you and he or she set up. “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed” (James 5:16).
  8. Prayer Support. A good mentor prays for you regularly. “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9).

Additional Benefits

Those who are meeting regularly with Rory are also eligible for a 50% discount of any of  his book (for orders of 10 or more) as well as a $150 discount on a Heart of the Artist retreat or workshop.

What if I just want to talk to Rory one time or once in awhile?

If you’re looking for ministry or personal advice or just want to spend time with Rory either by phone or in person, use the above form to set up an appointment. The fee is $100 an hour.

Some Personal Thoughts From Rory About Mentoring

During my thirties, I wished long and hard for a mentor—someone older who could point the way for those of us just starting out. At the time, I was leading a music ministry in a fast-paced church and wrestling with serious ministry issues. I had questions I didn’t know how to answer: How can I survive the relentless pace of ministry? How can I strengthen my relationship with my pastor? How can I recruit more volunteers? How do I care for those volunteers after I get them? I also struggled with perfectionism, insecurity, and self-doubt. My own character issues and dysfunctional behavioral patterns were threatening to sabotage the very ministry I was trying to build. Counseling offered a few answers, but I still desperately needed the guidance and wisdom of someone more experienced in ministry.

That sense of alienation and frustration has become the driving force behind all the mentoring and ministry coaching I do today. I have a deep love and respect for the next generation of worship and arts leaders. I want them to thrive and flourish. That’s why I’m offering them something I wish I had when I was their age—someone to turn to for help and encouragement.