Monday, June 13, 2011

Coaching and facilitating

At the Conference, we explored two simple "equations" which explain so much about NT church life.

1. Church = Family
2. Leaders = Parents (in the best sense of the word)

On Thursday night and Friday morning we had two equipping tracks designed to help people learn to use two "tools" that are vital for good parenting/leading.

Track One: Coaching. The coaching tool helps us serve individuals by helping the them to better pay attention to what the Spirit is doing in their lives. While there is certainly a place for telling and teaching, we know that people don't grow to maturity without coaches who help them to learn to think for themselves by asking great questions and listening deeply to their answers.

Track Two: Facilitating. The facilitating tool helps us serve groups by helping the group pay attention to what the Spirit is doing in its midst. Facilitating is different from the way that many of us where taught to lead a group which was essentially to disciple individuals in a group context. By contrast, a facilitator sees the group as a living organism and disciples the group which then disciples individuals.

In the video below, Walt Hastings and Tim Morris comment on these two equipping tracks.


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