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Coaching Life-Changing Small Group Leaders

by Bill Donahue and Greg Bowman
135 pages
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This book from Willow Creek presents the mixed coaching/mentoring/shepherding model commonly seen in the small group world. It's an excellent resource for a small groups pastor who is setting up a small group system, but the mixture of methodologies makes it less helpful for figuring out how to coach. The book covers small group coaching and small group systems topics like:

  • Modeling a surrendered life to those you shepherd
  • Gaining the tools and wisdom you need for effective small group coaching
  • Helping leaders grow spiritually
  • Nurturing the spiritual development of leaders

Think of this offering as an application guide for how to apply general coaching techniques to working with small group leaders. If you function in a Willow Creek-style "church of small groups" you'll appreciate the tools, examples and practical hints this book has to offer. To learn the practical listening and asking techniques coaches use, we recommend Leadership Coaching instead.

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by Bill Donahue and Greg Bowman
135 pages
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This small group coaching book focuses on building a coaching system for your small groups--the strategic design, relational support and ongoing support structures needed to make a small group coaching system work. The book includes many helpful forms, exercises and worksheets, models for coaching conversations, and outlines to run the Willow Creek huddle system for group leader coaching.

To learn practical listening, asking, goal-setting and action planning skills of a coach, we recommend the book Leadership Coaching by Tony Stoltzfus.

About the Author

Dr. Bill Donahue is Executive Director of Small Group Ministries for the Willow Creek Association (WCA) and works with Willow Creek Community Church to train and develop small group leaders and coaches. The church has over 2,500 small groups and the WCA has over 12,000 member churches worldwide representing over 95 denominations in 27 countries.

Greg Bowman, a twenty-five-year veteran of small group ministry, serves as associate director of small group ministries for the Willow Creek Association. In this role, he develops resources and training events, and serves as a consultant to churches around the world. Greg lives in Elgin, Illinois with his wife Connie and their two children.

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A Pocket Guide to Coaching Small Groups
by Randall Neighbour
95 pages
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In this quick read, Randall Neighbour, a leader in the small group movement, tackles one of the biggest problems in small group coaching: building the kind of relationships with small group leaders that make them want to meet with you. What your leaders need most is a friend who will support them in ministry and help their group achieve its goals. This pocket guide provides excellent tips for time management, preventing discouragement, investing in leaders for maximum impact, and your role in developing new leaders from the groups you support. If you embrace the simple principles found in this book, you’ll become the kind of coach that makes small group ministry a life-changing experience for everyone involved.

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Leadership Coaching
by Tony Stoltzfus
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Leadership Coaching is our best-selling how-to book for learning Christian coaching or improving life coaching skills. It is filled with real-life stories, practical tools and application exercises that teach you how to coach.

The first section describes the part coaching can play in the larger purposes of God for a believer's life. Tony goes beyond simply pointing to question examples in scripture, to explaining the biblical values behind Christian leadership coaching. Section II shows you how to coach with a hands-on, interactive style. The book guides you through each of the seven key process elements of effective coaching in detail. Special Master Class chapters provide extra examples and training exercises for important skills.

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The Small Group Coach's Library
The five top-rated titles we most recommend for small group coaches, bundled together at a discount price!

The Small Group Coach's Library includes these must-have resources:

* Coaching Life Changing Small Group Leaders
* The Pocket Guide to Coaching Small Groups
* Leadership Coaching
* Powerful Questions: Problem Solving
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* How to Ask Great Questions

This new coaching bundle from Coach22 provides the key resources you need to get started or build your skills as a small group coach. Coaching Life Changing Small Group Leaders from Willow Creek provides invaluable tips on setting up your coaching system and applying coaching skills to the unique small group coaching arena. Leadership Coaching is the best how-to-coach guide available, with a wealth of tools and techniques as well as a picture of the values behind coaching. The Powerful Questions: Problem Solving audio CD lets you listen in as a master coaches shows you how to help people develop solutions without telling them what to do, while A Pocket Guide to Coaching Small Groups focuses on how to build strong, effective relationships with the leaders you're coaching. Finally, How to Ask Great Questions is a wonderful resource for honing your asking skills as well as training small group leaders in discussion-leading and facilitation skills.

These five essential titles will get you off and running as a small group coach!

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Asking Profound Questions (formerly "Asking to Win")
by Bob Biehl
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A great question can transform your life. In this compact, high-impact booklet, Bobb Biehl, a well-known speaker and life- and business planning consultant, has captured over 100 jewels from his own experience of asking profound questions. The booklet also contains samples of several planning tools and rules of thumb for asking, planning and deciding.

Bob Biehl's questions run the gamut from career change to brainstorming to organizing to problem solving. It's a great pocket resource for Christian coaches seeking to improve their asking skills or find examples of life-changing questions. Great questions help us to think through a variety of options.