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 ...

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