It is important for small group coaches to have clarity on the church’s big picture and how coaching small groups fits into that plan – and to communicate this to the people you are coaching. The playbook gives you a simple, one-page tool to help you stay focused on the overall strategic vision and your part in fulfilling it. Use one separate playbook to track each person you are coaching.

A playbook has three strategic areas.

  • The Training Modules section outlines the pathway for training new small group leaders and assessing existing leaders. Each training module outlines basic principles that are used to define and to evaluate success. These principles will generally stay the same.

  • The Team Details section reminds leaders of the mission of the small group coaching team and how that relates to the church’s overall mission. These mission statements will be constant. The second part of this section clarifies how your role relates to others and what your team’s ministry schedule will be.  “Your Protege” is the leader you are coaching. “Your Team” includes yourself and the other small group coaches. “Your Leader” is the person assigned to support and supervise you – in most cases, a pastor. The schedule box on the right corresponds to each of those relationships. Fill in the times for the person you are coaching, referring to the “Training and Meetings” section of the Small Group Coach Job Description.

  • The Current Focus section helps you to assess how your leader and his or her team is doing at fulfilling the mission of small groups, and to identify some steps they can take to improve. Lead each small group leader or team through this box at least quarterly, or more frequently as needed. Compare your assessment with the assessment the leader and team make on the Small Group Playbook. Keep each successive playbook as a record of that leader’s progress and to prepare for the next appointment.


Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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