by Jeff Tunnell
Iâ€™m not much on gardening, but this part is certain; you have to get your hands right in the dirt so plan on getting dirty! Planting, tending to the growing plants, weeding and fertilizing are part of the process for healthy growth. If you are like me, you might need some instruction on gardening and personal pointers on the practical aspects leading to success.
Coaching requires a similar involvement and attentiveness. If I leave my cells alone, hoping they will do well, my hopes will likely be dashed. When I finally see that growth is not happening by itself, it may be too late to start over due to lost seasonal opportunity. So where can I obtain the instruction and pointers leading to successful coaching?
Joel Comiskey comments in his book COACH:
“Iâ€™ve learned that itâ€™s easy to start groups. Keeping them healthy, growing, and fruitful requires ongoing coaching and development. The purpose of this book is to train coaches to help cell leaders stay healthy and fruitful. Coaching is the key to guiding leaders to succeed over the long haul. Yet those who are willing to coach other leaders often lack information on how to coach. This book provides step by step instructions on how to coach a small group leader from the initial stages of leading the group all the way to giving birth to a new one. Those who have never coached before will receive clear information on how to take the small group leader to the next level. And someone who is already coaching a small group leader will also find the eight lessons in this book invaluable to empower others to lead fruitful groups. This book is a great resource to use individually, in a small group, or in a classroom teaching setting.”
Get your hands in there and get dirty; And remember, you have to shoo away intruders to keep them from eating your produce! John 10:10