Great moments seldom happen by accident. Great moments don’t always come when we expect or how we expect; but there is something that almost always precedes any great moment. The following 20-second video clip is considered by most one of the greatest moments in college basketball history. Watch this clip because it will help you discover what precedes every great moment.
It's 1992 and a last second shot by Christian Laetner gives Duke the 104-103 win over Kentucky. I have seen that shot hundreds of times. I’m not even a Duke fan and I never get tired of watching that play. They show that play every year during March Madness as they highlight great moments in college basketball!
What we remember is the last second winning shot. Over and over again we remember that great moment. But what we don’t often think about is what preceded that great moment. And what preceded that great moment was this - great coaching. There was a coach who demanded hours, weeks and months of rigorous physical training and preparation. There was coach who taught them how to play the game; how to play together and how to win. There was a coach who prepared them for every possible game situation. There was a coach in the huddle, who in 60 seconds could draw up a play and remind the team that they were prepared for this!
Coach Mike Krzyzewski was Duke’s coach and he wrote about that great moment in his book, Leading With The Heart: “. . . I instinctively realized that I had to get them to snap out of the daze they were in and I had to make them believe, positively, that they could win this game. Then I had to get them all singing out of the same hymnal. And it all had to be done in less than one minute.”
What we don’t often think about is all the coaching that always precedes a great moment like that! We forget about the coaching.
And in my own life and ministry I know the great moments I have experienced are because of the “coaches” that have relationally invested in me. If you know anything about COMMUNITY, the church I lead you know that we are a church with 13 locations in Chicago. We have plans to start 9 more in the next 6 years and a dream of 200 locations in Chicago We want to impact thousands and thousands of people! We also lead a church planting network called, NewThing with more than 150 reproducing churches globally. It’s awesome to be a part of it. I’m so grateful to God for the great moments.
But what you don’t see and is easy to forget about - is all the great coaching! My dad, who planted a church in Chicago when I was 4 years old and stayed there for the next 37 years was a great coach. On Sunday nights growing up we would sit around the table eating cheese and crackers and talk church. He’s been a great coaching!
When I moved to Naperville to start a church, by the grace of God Lyle Schaller became a friend and mentor. If you don't know Lyle’s name, Google it. He wrote more than 50 books on church life and at one point was named “the most influential religious leader in America.” As a young church planter he would invite me over to his house to talk about church leadership – great coaching!
The one thing that always precedes great moments is coaching. So with that in mind let me challenge in two ways:
First, are the people in your church and your organization being coached? Who is challenging and investing in your volunteers and staff? Are they getting the necessary preparation in order for them to experience great moments?
Second, are you being coached? Who is asking you the tough questions? Who is challenging you to be all that you can be? Who is preparing you for the great moments ahead in your own leadership?
Before there are great moments, there is always great coaching!
Come back here over the next few days and I will continue this conversation on coaching with some thoughts on what Ephesians 4:11&12 has to say about coaching. Before you take off, leave me a comment and tell me about one of those great coaches in your life and how they coached you.