Starting this fall, TryTank will launch "The Trying Coach," a podcast aimed at those who are in the field and trying new things. The podcast will be an unedited recorded coaching conversation between a person in the mission field trying something new and me. You see, I am not just the director of the TryTank but also a trained coach who's a member of the International Coaching Federation.
A coaching conversation is focused on action, helping the person get to the next step of what they are doing. I hope that the podcast will be a fun learning experience for anyone trying new stuff in the church.
We are launching the podcast because something great is starting to happen. We heard from folks who were inspired by our work to tell us that they too are trying things. Some are coming up with new ideas to try. And others have been trying for a while but didn't have a place to share that news. That's pretty awesome.
But we also know that this work can be hard and that it requires perseverance. And that's where we think this podcast can help. In our experiments, our goal is to be as transparent as possible. This way, others can take our work and run with it, improve on it, or know what NOT to try. What you can't see in "showing our work" are the frustrating moments — the speedbumps along the way. We hope that this podcast will be able to show that (as real moments in trying new things) and how you can get past them.
The new podcast is another way that we too continue always to review our work and evolve when needed. That's part of trying. Sign up for our newsletter at www.trytank.org to make sure you don't miss the launch.
The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija