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Build authenticity and provide a concrete growth strategy for your small group with this special peer coaching bundle. This Small Group Package includes everything you need to offer Peer Coach Training in your small group or team.
Each of the 9 course sessions features a short teaching segment plus a demonstration of a coaching skill from the DVD, a debriefing time led by the facilitator, and an application exercise where group members practice that week’s coaching skill with a peer. By the end of the course, everyone in your group will be meeting regularly with a peer partner to support and encourage each other in their Christian growth.
Why Small Group Coaching Systems Fail
I had another conversation the other day with a church whose small group coaching system wasn't working. Over the last few years I've been to a lot of churches who are going down this road, or tried to go down it and are starting over. The problems have become so predictable that I couldn't restrain myself from going into telling mode. "Let me guess," I offered. "The coaches haven't received any coach training, so they are frustrated and don't know what to do; and the small group leaders don't want to be coached because they don't want to be spied on."
"Yeah, that's pretty much it."
In my experience, these are two of the biggest failure points for small group coaching systems. Generally what happens is the church (or a leader in it) gets excited about coaching and dives rapidly into instituting a coaching system. Often existing overseers or successful group leaders are simply renamed "coaches". There is rarely a formal training program or coaching qualification required of coaches, and I have yet to find a church that screens people in any way for coaching aptitude. Generally, the ones chosen are available, faithful members who have successfully led a small group...
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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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This short, practical volume offers a wealth of great tips and techniques for constructing excellent coaching questions. While not a coaching book per se (it is targeted at small group coaches or leaders), How to Ask Great Questions covers quite a few of the bread and butter asking techniques coaches use: open and closed questions, probing questions, asking about what's significant, and bringing out people's inner thoughts and true feelings.
The best feature of the book is that it includes example after example of great questions created for specific scenarios or situations. Any coach (and especially beginners, coaches in training or small group coaches) could benefit from having How to Ask Great Questions handy.
50 minutes audio + handouts
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In this Christian coach training audio CD, coach trainer Tony Stoltzfus shows how to build authentic coaching relationships with those you coach (and with everyone else you meet!) Starting with the idea that an authentic relationship is only one conversation away, Tony shows how to use stories to go deep quickly. The disc covers the two fundamental paradigms of authenticity, four principles of authentic story-telling, different types of life stories you can use while coaching, authenticity exercises and more. It's a great way to build relationship coaching skills during your "drive time" in the car. The teachings provide training in core skills in enhanced CD format that includes handouts and free articles as well as audio handouts and free articles as well as audio!
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Peer Coach Training can help you build lasting, accountable peer relationships in your church, small group or team. Or, it can be the perfect way to offer introductory Christian coaching skills training. This Facilitator's Package includes everything a leader needs to offer Peer Coach Training in his or her group. The course includes an orientation plus eight 60- to 75-minute coach training sessions. A typical session features a short teaching segment plus a demonstration of a coaching skill, a debriefing time, and an application exercise where peers practice with each other. Several flexible schedules are provided for various workshop or classroom formats. (The workshop options eliminate the peer relationship component and focus solely on developing Christian coaching skills.)
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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.
The Master Plan of Evangelism is a classic work (over 2 million copies sold) on how Jesus recruited, trained and unleashed his disciples to further his master plan for bringing in the Kingdom. Pair it with the new Life-on-Life Leadership coaching manual to use Coleman's principles for making disciples or coaching small group leaders in your church! Coleman identifies eight key principles Jesus used (Selection, Association, Consecration, Impartation, Demonstration, Delegation, Supervision and Reproduction) to build leaders who would carry on his work.
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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.
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 (Audio CD)
* 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!
Christian Life Coaching Handbook plus A Leader's Life Purpose Workbook
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This set is a great introduction to life coaching and working with destiny discovery, and includes materials for you and your coaching client:
Both include the same 60 destiny discovery exercises. The Workbook contains basic descriptions of life purpose concepts, along with blank copies of the exercises for the client to fill in; while the Handbook adds in-depth descriptions, sample coaching dialogs, and filled-in exercise examples to show how people respond in real life.
Coaching en Liderazgo es nuestro mejor libro vendido de instrucciones para aprender Coaching Cristiano, o para mejorar las habilidades de la vida como coaching. Pronto verá porqué es ampliamente utilizado a nivel internacional en escuelas de coaching y en cursos de capacitación; está lleno de historias de la vida real, herramientas prácticas y ejercicios de aplicación que le enseñarán las bases y elementos básicos de cómo dar coaching.
La primera sección describe la parte que el coaching puede tener en los grandes propósitos de Dios para la vida del creyente. Tony va más allá de simplemente señalar ejemplos de preguntas en las escrituras, para explicar los valores bíblicos detrás del Coaching en liderazgo cristiano. La sección II, muestra cómo dar coaching con un estilo práctico e interactivo.