Send Bay Area Coaches!

Send Bay Area Coaches!

Over the last 24 hours, I had the privilege of attending the Send Network Coaching Map— a training for developing effective coaches for church planters.

Here are some of the most valuable ideas I came across for effective coaching. Prayerfully they serve you well.

  • Coaching is not Counseling. Coaching is not Advising. Coaching is not Teaching. Coaching is not Mentoring. Coaching is something entirely different.

  • Two skills of an effective coach: Asking Questions & Listening.

  • “Becoming a great coach requires developing an extraordinary ability to listen.”

  • “Listen longer than you think is necessary.”

  • “Listening is a spiritual discipline.”

  • “A good coach asks questions that no one else has permission to ask.”

  • Coaches use the “asking voice” not the “pouring in” voice.

  • Coaches “still” the other voices.

  • As you coach, you’re helping someone incline their ear to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

  • Coach the person not the goal. Coach the Church Planter not the Church Plant.

  • “Coaches much reach beyond their human wisdom to the secret places of God’s heart through intercessory prayer.”

  • “Rich is the person who has a praying friend.”


I’d love to learn from you. In your experience, what characteristics or skills do great coaches possess? Drop a comment below!