Why does everything cost money? I mean seriously, why do I have to pay for things that I am interested in? Most would say that everything costs money because it places a value on the product you are receiving. I am much more willing to take care of my TV that I paid a lot of money for then I am to take care of the 1980’s TV my parents gave me. It is just natural to take care of things that we have paid a heavy price for. What concerns me is that we take this idea to the extreme in the services that we offer. Paying for something does NOT always give it more value.
The most recent trend amongst leaders is belonging to a coaching network. This coach usually has some kind of expertise that is offered and he/she provides a program that helps you reach your potential. Coaching is another glorified word for mentoring. Where coaching takes on a different aspect is that it costs money. The belief is that you pay for the chance to learn from high impact leaders and coaches that will teach you. As well, you get a chance to be mentored by a well known and highly respected leader. To be honest, I have looked into applying for these coaching networks. What always stopped me was the money that it cost. Usually the fee is an average of $100 a month. This coaching network could last for three months to an entire year. The interesting thing is the demand is higher then the supply. People are seeking these chances out to learn from leaders they respect and are not bothered to pay a high amount to get that opportunity (usually the one that is footing the bill is the church).
I wonder, are we using discipleship to make money?
This post might ruffle some feathers. Honestly, I am not here to throw stones, and I am not here to offer a bitter voice of one that cannot afford these coaching networks. I am here to ask a couple of questions and to hear what you think. So if you are apart of a coaching network, or lead a coaching network, please do not take this as me taking shots at you. The reason I bring this up is to raise the need for mentors.
In all reality the problem is not that leaders are charging hundreds of dollars to share their experience, the problem is that they have to charge money in the first place. In most cases the reason the leaders are charging money is because of the demand. The demand is so great (ask any leader how many emails or DM’s they get and you will realize that hundreds are trying to chat with them) that these leaders/coaches have to protect their time, sanity, and family by charging for their services of mentorship. I think the focus needs to come off the coaches and more onto the players on the sideline. There are not enough mentors that are filling the need. And when I say not enough, I mean there is half a percent of mentors out there that fill the need. People are obviously looking to be shaped, guided and molded into who God has created them to be. The demand is there, but the supply of mentors and teachers is so low that people are now paying for whatever they can get and are being told that is what you have to do to grow in leadership.
Couple of Questions to consider:
1) What means more, paying for something or receiving someone’s time for free?
2) Would you pay to be mentored?
3) How do you react to coaching networks?