Coaching Life-Changing Small Group Leaders (Groups That Grow Series)
Small groups transform churches---and lives. Small group leaders often feel the weight of shepherding their small group members. But who shepherds the shepherd? Small group coaches fill a unique role by providing support and guidance for group leaders. When you're...
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Small groups transform churches---and lives. Small group leaders often feel the weight of shepherding their small group members. But who shepherds the shepherd? Small group coaches fill a unique role by providing support and guidance for group leaders. When you're called to coach a small group leader in your church, your mind may be filled with questions: Am I godly enough? What do I have to offer? How do I begin? Although the challenge seems immense, Bill Donahue and Greg Bowman break down the work of coaching small group leaders into achievable steps. This expanded and updated edition offers field-tested and biblically supported advice on such topics as modeling a surrendered life to those you coach, gaining the tools and wisdom you need for coaching, and helping leaders grow spiritually. This workbook can be used as a stand-alone resource to train coaches, or it can be used with the training videos taught by the authors, available on the Equipping Life-Changing Small Groups DVD (sold separately). For those who want to coach with excellence and truly help small group leaders thrive, this go-to guide offers practical answers and inspiring examples. You'll find both challenge and promise in these pages as you learn to carry forth your God-given calling with confidence.
Dr. Bill Donahue (Ph.D., University of North Texas) 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. 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.
He is the author of Leading Life-Changing Small Groups and coauthor of Building a Church of Small Groups, The 7 Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry and Walking the Small Group Tightrope (all with Russ Robinson). With Greg Bowman he is the author of Coaching Life-Changing Leaders. He has also written In the Company of Jesus and the Jesus 101 small group study series (with Keri Wyatt Kent).
During the past three decades, Greg has served globally in building group ministries as a strategist, trainer, and consultant (most recently with the Willow Creek Association) and has served locally as Group Life Pastor for four churches. Greg and his wife Connie live in Elgin, Illinois, where he is on staff with West Ridge Community Church as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation. He is co-author of Coaching Life-Changing Small Group Leaders and Equipping Life-Changing Leaders.
- Chapter 1 -- 'develop A Clear Ministry Strategy'
- Chapter 2 -- 'identify A Point Leader'
- Chapter 3 -- 'build A Support Structure For Leaders'
- Chapter 4 -- 'identify, Develop, And Support Group Leaders'
- Chapter 5 -- 'design A Connection Strategy'
- Chapter 6 -- 'foster Spiritual Growth Using A Range Of Group Experiences'
- Chapter 7 -- 'multiply Group Life And Reproduce Leaders'
- Chapter 8 -- 'managing Change And Breaking Barriers'
- Chapter 9 -- 'measuring Progress And Assessing Next Steps'
- Chapter 10 -- 'strategic Planning Tools And Guidelines'
- Appendix 1 -- 'your Ministry Plan' (pages For Reader To Use To Be Added)
- Appendix 2 -- 'resources' (listed By Category)