Small group coaches are a very important part of a church’s discipleship ministry. Coaches are experienced small group leaders themselves who can provide encouragement, wisdom, support, accountability to two or three group leaders to help them manage and multiply their groups.
Coaches come alongside small group leaders to mentor them for success in three key areas. These are reflected in the Small Group Coach Job Description.
Keep small group leaders on mission
This has two aspects. First, a coach’s job is to cast the vision, to reinforce the philosophy of ministry and purpose of small groups. Second, the coach will hold group leaders accountable, to make sure they are acting in ways that are aligned with our mission for small groups.
Assess leaders and groups
The coach will regularly evaluate how things are going in order to guide small groups and their leaders to success.
Help group leaders succeed
A coach will help small group leaders succeed in their own pursuit of God, and will also train them in all of the resources available for small group leaders. A coach needs to help group leaders with the very important transitions of starting a new group and reproducing a group into more than one. Finally, the coach steps in, as needed, to consult with the group leader about handling particular questions or issues that arise. or crises that come up in the life of the group.
You can see and download the Small Group Coach Job Description by clicking on this link.
- 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?
- As a small group leader, did you have a coach? If not, do you wish you had? Explain. If you did, how did having a coach help?
- Why is it so important to keep small group leaders on mission? What are some ways to hold leaders accountable to act in ways aligned with the mission?
- As a coach, what kind of things would you try to assess about small groups and their leaders? Explain.
- What sort of questions could you ask to help a small group leader succeed in his or her own pursuit of God?
- Why is a coach’s help so important during the transitions of starting and reproducing a group?
- What are some types of challenging or crisis situations when a coach may be asked to step in to help?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.