Successful Coaching

It's as simple as the word COACH

Successful sports coaches come in all stripes and with wildly divergent personalities and philosophies. There are "old-school" tough guys like Vince Lombardi and Bear Bryant, "human volcanoes" like Bobby Knight and Mike Ditka, "gentleman teachers" like John Wooden and Dean Smith, "motivational gurus" like Phil Jackson, and "player favorites" like Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.

When it comes to successfully "coaching" small group leaders, it's important to remember that there is no one "right" way. (Though there are plenty of wrong ways! For example, it's probably not a good idea to heave a chair across the church foyer if your "players" aren't performing well … or get in a leader's face and scream at him or her!!)

We must take into account our own gifts, and our unique personality, ministry style and small group experiences, etc. as we offer encouragement and equipping to the shepherds under our care.

The acronym C-O-A-C-H serves as a good reminder of five essential functions of developing godly, well-rounded small group leaders:

A coach is one who …

Cultivates a personal passion for God and a contagious enthusiasm for His kingdom.

Oversees two to five small group leaders (as his/her primary church ministry).

Advances his/her church's small group vision/strategy (by regular communication & active implementation).

Consults weekly with those under his/her care—listening, advising, praying with, encouraging, training, trouble-shooting and supporting.

Helps current small group leaders identify and train the next generation of leaders.

In the same way that an athletic team probably won't win a championship without great coaching, our small group leaders are unlikely to succeed without consistent, overt and personal instruction ...

article Preview

This article is currently available to subscribers only. To continue reading:

free newsletter

Sign up for our free Small Groups Newsletter newsletter: Regular access to innovative training resources, Bible-based curriculum, and practical articles.


Three Game-Changers for People-Pleasing Leaders
Emotionally healthy leaders are fueled by healthy motivations.
Great Ideas for Honoring and Thanking Small-Group Leaders
Tips for celebrating your leaders at Christmas
An Exciting Opportunity
Communicate clearly about birthing to your group
Do We Really Need Another Kick in the Pants?
Why the American Church needs a new way
The Top 10 Mistakes Small-Group Leaders Make (Part 2)
Learn how to avoid and overcome them for the benefit of your group.
The Top 10 Mistakes Small-Group Leaders Make (Part 1)
Learn how to avoid and overcome them for the benefit of your group.