A few years into his Worship Director and Assistant Pastor role at All Saints Dallas, Father Jay Wright found himself feeling stuck.
“I felt stuck in a particular leadership situation,” explained Wright+. “I initially talked to my rector, Bishop Philip Jones, about it. In the course of our conversation, he helped me see that in the particular situation I was in, I really needed to talk to a third party who wasn’t on the ground with me and would have a different perspective.”
Bishop Jones encouraged Wright+ to call Terry Walling, President of Leader Breakthru and a coach to many in ministry.
“Our conversation was unbelievable,” said Wright+. “I walked away with clarity on the situation and many of the things that Terry and I talked about bore fruit down the line.”
It would not be the last time that coaching has impacted Wright’s life and ministry. Wright+ has regularly scheduled calls with his Church plant coach, Allen+ Hughes. We recently interviewed Wright+ to learn what coaching looks like and why it is something he continues to pursue.
When were you first exposed to coaching in a ministry context?
In 2010, my wife Amy and I went to an Anglican Mission Network Retreat. The retreat was run by Allen+ Hughes, AMiA’s Counselor General for Leadership, and Terry Walling, Founder and President of Leader Breakthru. We worked through the Leader Breakthru Focused Living curriculum, including a timeline exercise, where you look at key moments in your life where God has spoken, where there has been pain, and where revelation has occurred all to see how God is shaping and forming you.
I was an aspirant to holy orders at the time and a worship leader trying to make sense of my life. I knew I wanted to serve the church but I didn’t know what that would look like. Together, Amy and I were able to recognize our values as a family and our values for ministry. We got certain clarity that weekend that lead us to move back to Texas.
Thankfully, it has been a pattern in my life that God will put people in my path who invest in me. People who are willing to invest their time in seeing me and other leaders develop. So when I came across the opportunity to receive coaching in ministry, that seemed like a logical next step.