youth worker, youth ministry, adult volunteers, small groups, ministry coach

Four Keys to Being an Effective Ministry Coach

By Doug Franklin August 8, 2011

For small groups to work in a youth ministry the small group leaders need to be coached. Too often we say to our adult volunteers, “go lead this small group of guys.” We don’t give any training and we don’t check in with them to see how it’s going. This leads to ineffective small groups. Youth pastors, now is the time to turn your small group ministry around by committing to being a coach for your small group leaders. Here our four keys to coaching small group leaders:

1. Be Sincere
You don’t have to pretend you are an expert; just be yourself. Your leaders will appreciate it if you are being you.

2. Be Consistent
Stay in regular contact with your leaders. If you allow large periods of time to go by without connecting with them they won’t feel your support.

3. Be Encouraging
Remember leaders tend to be hard on themselves, so find things they’re doing well and encourage them.

4. Be Honest
When you see a leader doing something that is negatively impacting their influence, let them know. Confront them in a loving way, with honesty, and they will appreciate it.

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About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More