I am currently reading Coaching 101 by Bob Logan & Sherilyn Carlton. It offers very practical advice on how to coach church planters effectively, including various coaching scenarios and helpful examples. The advice is so simple it almost dismissable, until you realize how these basic approaches to coaching are essential:

  1. Coaching is less about being an expert and more about being a support.
  2. Coaching is asking good questions, not providing great answers.
  3. When asking questions, invite, summarize, get the planter to go beyond initial answers, clarify what you think they are saying.
  4. Celebrate good stuff, press for clarity on obstacles, clarify where the planter wants to go, obtain a commitment for follow through.