A Game Plan for Coaching Small-Group Leaders

A framework of topics and questions to help guide you towards victorious coaching.

When you think of coaching, what is the first thing you think about? Is it a football coach roaming the sidelines ranting and raving at some official? Maybe it is a coach from high school that either did or did not like you and treated you accordingly. Maybe when you think of the word "coach" you think of a mentor that has guided you through some life decisions and it is a very positive feeling. Hopefully, the concept or the mention of the word "coach" leaves you with warm fuzzies all over. What about if you are the coach or the leader of coaches? What framework of topics and questions do you have to guide you and your team to victory? The following pointers come from years of working with coaches and leaders:

Vision—I love the quote by Marilyn Grey when she said, "We know not where our dreams will take us, but we can probably see quite clearly where we will go without them." What are you dreaming about right now? A better job, kids who clean up their rooms, a wife… well we will not go there, because what goes around comes around. Dreams and vision are very similar, and, for the most part, real vision comes from God. You, as the leader of leaders, need to share what God is birthing in your heart. A dreamer who acts upon his or her dream is a dangerous person. Listen to what Thomas Edward Lawrence has to say on that subject, "All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible." There is a difference between the 'dreamers of the day' and the 'dreamers who dream at night.' Make sure you are one of the ‘dreamers of the ...

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