If it is true that “whatever you want to happen at the member level, will have to happen to the leader first” there can be no question about what must happen to the leaders in your small group ministry. And by extension, there can be little debate about the role of a coach.
And if the role of the coach is to do to and for (and with) the leader whatever you want the leader to do to and for (and with) their members, the question must be asked…what is it that we want to happen in the lives of the members of our groups? My argument? We want the members of our groups to become like Christ. How? By following Jesus in the overall style of life He chose for Himself.
I love the clarifying simplicity of this line from Dallas Willard’s, The Spirit of the Disciplines:
“My central claim is that we can become like Christ by doing one thing — by following him in the overall style of life he chose for himself.” (The Spirit of the Disciplines, ix)
Father in Heaven…let us all seek to follow Jesus in the overall style of life He chose for Himself.
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