Church planters learn about coaching 

Send Network Coaching Director Dino Senesi shares about the role a coach plays in a church planter’s life.  

JONESBORO, Ark. – Arkansas Baptist church planters learned about coaching Monday evening at Walnut Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro.  

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) Church Planting Dinner featured Send Network Coaching Director Dino Senesi, who shared qualities of a coach and the role a coach plays in a church planter’s life.  

“You don’t have to be an expert to be a coach. You just have to be willing to serve and wanting to be part of a vision to send well to reach the state and nation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Senesi told those in attendance. He said a coach is the asking voice in the sea of telling voices. 

According to the Send Network website, “church planting takes wisdom, strategy, and support to navigate the complex challenges of establishing a ministry. A coach is the planter’s ‘son of encouragement’ to walk beside him during the wins and challenges of church planting.”  

Senesi called coaching another ministry tool for a pastor’s toolbox. He compared it to a Swiss army knife, a multi-tooled pocketknife known for its reliability and versatility. 

“You can take it every place that you go – the next conversation with a teenager, the next conversation with your neighbor or the next conversation with your boss,” Senesi said.  

“Everything we do at Send Network is built on the belief that no planter will plant alone. … We are compelled by a biblical ethic that the way we send is as important as sending. Sending well is what God requires of us. When we send well, we will multiply.”  

Following Senesi’s interactive presentation, ABSC Church Planting Team Leader Vince Blubaugh held a brief Q&A with the Send Network coaching director.  

Church planting pastors and wives interested in becoming coaches were encouraged to contact Blubaugh. For more information about sending well and coaching, check out this Send Network article.  

“You don’t have to be an expert to be a coach and serve someone well,” Senesi said.  

The church planting dinner was held prior to the 170th Annual Meeting of the ABSC, Oct. 24-25. A livestream of the Annual Meeting can be found here.  

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