The Angel Oak and You

Rick Kirchoff, a Clergy Coaching Network Coach

Large southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) near Charleston, South Carolina

On John’s Island, near Charleston, South Carolina, there is a live oak that is 400-500 years old. Some even think the tree could be as much as 1,500 years old.  It is called the “Angel Oak.” It is 65 feet high, has a diameter of 160 feet and covers 17,000 square feet.

The Angel Oak has survived countless challenging events: hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, lightning strikes, damage and human interference. It was severely damaged by Hurricane Hugo, but it has recovered.

One thing you can’t see in the picture is that there are a number of metal poles, steel cables and support braces that are in place to help this tree grow and to keep it from getting so big and heavy that it brings itself down.

Building a strong spiritual life and being sustained in ministry, requires support as well.   We all need people who will encourage us, lift us up and support us in growing into all that we can be.

Who are the people who provide support and encouragement to you?

We hope that you are surrounded by loving friends and trusted colleagues who help you be healthy, resilient and hope-filled.

Finding a coach may be one of the best gifts you can give yourself in strengthening your ministry.

At Clergy Coaching Network we partner with pastors and congregational leadership teams in a thought-provoking and creative process designed to inspire them to maximize their ministry and fulfill their mission in the world.

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