The Coach's Course

How to effectively coach leaders for their continued effectiveness.

Without a guy named John I wouldn't be where I am today.

He was the coach of the first small group I led. When my confidence was waning or I was tired of leading, he came alongside me and said, "I believe you can do it." That meant the world to me. Everybody loves hearing this kind of encouragement.

He also repeatedly said, "I'll help you. I'll walk alongside of you, and you can come to me when you have questions and concerns or need prayer and support."

But when I left college, I no longer had John to coach me. Nobody came alongside of me, and I was a little lonely. Sometimes I became discouraged, lost focus, and wondered what it would be like to have someone champion me.

There are many resources available for leaders and members, but there is not much material for the "leaders of leaders." It's easy for them to wonder, Who's leading me to lead? and How do I lead? The acrostic COACH highlights the essentials for coaching leaders.

1.Cultivate spiritual health. Your purpose is to nurture your small group leaders' and members' spiritual health. When you love and nurture the spiritual health of your leaders, they will do the same for their group.

It's important to begin with the end in mind, and the end goal is creating healthy groups that produce healthy spiritual lives. This often demands that you become your leaders' partner, checking in with them about their group.

2.One step ahead, one step at a time. Sometimes coming on board as coach can be a bit daunting. You question, "Why me? I don't think I'm spiritually ready." But you only need to be one step ahead of the people that you're seeking to lead. You don't have to be ...

article Preview

This article is currently available to SmallGroups.com 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.

Related

Four Things Small Groups Can Learn from House Churches
Four Things Small Groups Can Learn from House Churches
What exactly is the difference between a house church and a small group?
Small-Group Discipleship Strategies
Small-Group Discipleship Strategies
Holistic discipleship in small groups is possible.
Unlock Spiritual Gifts
Unlock Spiritual Gifts
Help your group members discover and use their spiritual gifts.
Call Out the Spiritual Gifts in Your Group Members
Call Out the Spiritual Gifts in Your Group Members
Recognize your group members' gifts in both direct and indirect ways
Shepherd New Believers
Shepherd New Believers
Learn what you can do to steer new believers in your group toward growth.
Empower Small-Group Leaders
Empower Small-Group Leaders
Release your leaders to lead without micromanaging or giving total freedom.