Coaches mentor small groups leaders to be effective at leading healthy groups. They provide encouragement, wisdom, and accountability to help small group leaders succeed at leading, managing, and multiplying their groups. To do so, a good coach will do the following:
- Be objective
Follow the plan. Apply the stated vision. Not based on your own preferences. See each small group leader’s situation in light of the bigger picture.
It’s not just about accomplishing a common task or making the system work. Care about the individual leader, his or her concerns and needs. Beyond just the small group role. God values people and works through people.
Be willing to stretch and challenge leaders to be their best and to get it right. Give them an opportunity to rise to the occasion.
- Encourage and motivate
Small group leader’s biggest cheerleader. Help them see the possibilities. What they, their team, their group can become.
It’s not about you or your experiences or opinions. Listen carefully and thoughtfully in order to truly understand, so you can accurately assess what’s going on and what is needed.
- Help strategize
Don’t give all the answers, but help small group leaders think through the data and the vision for themselves. Ask great questions to help them come up with the best solutions and next steps.
Whenever leaders succeed, celebrate it. Not just the big wins like when a group starts or reproduces, but all the positive steps along the way. Celebrate when the leader does something difficult, makes a great decision, etc.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.