Among the many ‘movers and shakers’ in the Small Groups world are a couple of friends who have had a major influence in my life and ministry.  These two guys were among the first authors I read on the subject of Small Groups.  But somehow I missed a valuable resource for Small Group Ministry which they wrote, Coaching Life-Changing Small Groups, by Bill Donahue & Greg Bowman.  Thanks guys for sharing from your experiences and expertise.

Here is the first of many practical helps for Coaches:

A Coach’s Key Practices:

1. Modeling: pursue Christ-likeness.   Pulling from 1 Cor. 4:16 & 11:1 …imitate Christ.  To do that you must spend time with him, get to know him, and know his desires. Don’t downplay the effect your life and example can have on others.

2. Guiding: Shepherd intentionally.  Small Group leaders are usually self-starters and self-sustainers, but what they need is a guide.  Through building a relationship with leaders and listening to them Coaches gain the right to be heard and partner in the growth of the group.

3. Envisioning: Dream together. Having a clear vision will affect your interaction with your leaders.  Help leaders dream about their group.

4. Equipping: Developing skills.  Leaders actually follow a Coach who is  modeling a surrendered life, who shepherds their spiritual development and provides vision. Only after they see these elements are they open to skill development.

These are only a few of the practical nuggets found in Coaching Life-Changing Small Groups.  I think we will be using it a lot more in the near future.  Hope you have a chance to check it out.