Six Practical Ways for Developing Your Coaches


Coaches are essential to our small groups model. They are the lifeline of small group hosts in time of need and in crisis. However, we hope that these are not the only times a relationship with our coaches unfolds. At The Church LV we strongly believe that if we want our group members to know what it is like to be prayed for, to be cared for, to be loved unconditionally, to be challenged appropriately, their leaders must have experienced this first.

Our small group leaders can only give away what they have personally experienced. The question now, is how will that happen? We know that whatever we want our leaders and hosts to be able to give away, we will need to give to our coaches.

This may seem like a daunting task, but remember, very little coaching has to do with teaching technique to leaders and hosts. Once an individual has been hosting their group for more than 90 days, what they really need is someone a few steps ahead who will help them grow in Christ. This is where you come in. This is why you are so important to our coaches.

  1. Get to Know Your Coaches;

    Whatever else you do, make sure ask questions. Find out about their families and friends, their work, their hobbies, and their hopes. Take notes. Nothing says you are actually listening like remembering to ask about it the next time you talk.

  2. Meet with Your Coaches Both Individually and as a Group;

    It will always be tempting to use email as the way you connect and distribute information or assignments. Don’t fall for it. Meet for coffee. Meet for lunch. Meet for coffee and dessert. If you have an agenda, make doing life together the number one agenda item.

  3. Memorize Scripture Verses or Passages with Your Coaches;

    Choose verses that apply to spiritual growth or maturity. Make the assignment regularly. Check progress. Make a game out of it.

  4. Develop Your Coaches’ Spiritual Habits;

    Share what you do in your quite time. Talk about what God is saying to you. Ask your coaches what God is saying to them. Model a lifestyle they can pass on to future leaders and their current hosts.

  5. Do a Study with Your Coaches;

    Choose a study that will stretch them and you. Meet monthly to discuss and apply. Some suggestions for this is Fully Devoted or Simplicity.

  6. Read a Book with Your Coaches;

    Choose a book that will open your coach’s eyes to leadership principles. Some suggestions for this are Practically Radical, The Leadership Challenge, and Good to Great. Give reading assignments and meet monthly to talk over learning and applications  

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