Coaching Life-Changing Small Group Leaders by Bill Donahue and Greg Bowman

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. Coaching Life Changing Small Group Leaders is 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 learning to coach (as a coaching professional would). 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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Coaching Life-Changing Small Group Leaders 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, written by two authors who successfully ran a large and influential small group structure. 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.

The needs of a small group coach are different than those of a professional coach, and Coaching Life-Changing Small Group Leaders is a helpful guide to the kinds of skills needed and situations you'll encounter in that role. 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 the author of the bestselling Leading Life-Changing Small Groups, as well as Building a Life-Changing Small Groups Ministy (with Russ Robinson) and Coaching Life-Changing Leaders with fellow Willow Creek pastor Greg Bowman.