Training

Purpose

Identify, assess and develop skills to lead effectively.

Strategic Question

What skills are needed?

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What is the scope of training?

Coach Training

In 2000 I began a journey to research the coaching process and competencies of excellent coaches. From that research, I co-authored resources and developed a training process to empower leaders to become competent, world-class coaches. With these resources leaders have become more effective at making disciples, raising up leaders and reproducing healthy churches.

  • Who?
    • Coach Training is designed for disciplemakers, local church leaders, church planters and network leaders.
  • What?
    • The training approach I take assumes that the best way to learn is by doing. Learn how to bridge the gap between the best practices of, for instance, coaching for church planters, and the necessary skills required for the leader to become a competent coach. This basic level of coach training engages leaders in the coaching process by helping them integrate the skills wherever they are developing people.
  • How?
    • Build a culture of coaching in your ministry by focusing on the coaching process and skills. Click here to view Coach Training Resources

Church Growth

  • Who?
    • Church Growth Coach Training is designed for lead pastors, church planters and network leaders.
  • What?
    • The training approach I take assumes that the best way to learn is by doing. Learn how to bridge the gap between the best practices of breaking growth barriers and the necessary skills required for the leader to become a competent coach. The basic level of coach training is a helpful prerequisite to engage leaders in the coaching process by helping them integrate the coaching process as they coach leaders through growth barriers and change management.
  • How?
    • These resources are designed to be used in a coaching relationship, supporting leaders as they navigate the critical growth barriers when adult worship attendance reaches 70-120-200.  In addition, the Church Transition resources help churches navigate change and guide congregational leaders through a season of transition. The storyboard and coaching guide provide a pathway with key questions to chart the course.   Click here to view Church Growth Coaching Resources.

Church Multiplication

  • Who?
    • Church Multiplication Coach Training is designed for lead pastors, church planters and network leaders.
  • What?
    • The training approach I take assumes that the best way to learn is by doing. Learn how to bridge the gap between the best practices of church multiplication and the necessary skills required for the leader to be a competent multiplication movement coach. The basic level of coach training is a helpful prerequisite to engage leaders in the coaching process as they specialize in the principles of multiplication.
  • How?

Disciplemaking

  • Who?
    • Coach Training is designed for disciplemaking coaches from every ministry in the local church.
  • What?
    • What are the characteristics of a growing disciple? Someone who loves God, loves their neighbor and makes disciples.
    • The training approach I take assumes that the best way to learn is by doing. Learn how to bridge the gap between the best practices of disciplemaking and the necessary skills required for the leader to become a competent coach. The basic level of coach training is a helpful prerequisite to engage leaders in the coaching process as they specialize in the principles of disciplemaking.
  • How?
    • Disciplemaking has been organized into two distinct categories.
      • First, to coach existing Christians in their discipleship journey are the Obedient Discipleship resources.
      • Second, to coach pre-Christians in their discipleship journey are the Making Disciples resources.
      • Another way to distinguish the two resources is that the Obedient Discipleship resources begin with people already in your church and the Making Disciples resources begin in the harvest with people who are not currently in your church. Both include a storyboard and coaching guide that provide a pathway with key questions to chart the disciplemaking journey. Click here to view Disciplemaking Coaching Resources.

Personal Development

  • Who?
    • Coach Training is designed for local church leaders, church planters and network leaders.
  • What?
    • The training approach I take assumes that the best way to learn is by doing. Learn how to bridge the gap between the best practices of personal development and the necessary skills required for the leader to become a competent coach. The basic level of coach training is a helpful prerequisite to engage leaders in the coaching process as they specialize in the principles of people development.
  •  How?
    • What are the characteristics of a growing disciple? Someone who loves God, loves their neighbor and makes disciples. The next step on the discipleship journey is to discover and utilize the gifts that God has entrusted to the disciple. Increase your ability to help others using the Focused Ministry storyboard and coaching guide.
    • Use the Psychological Type Indicator (PSI) as you coach leaders in Career Planning and Personal Development. Once a leader has a clear understanding of their unique psychological make-up, guides are available to narrow career options and identify steps to develop their style. The more a leader is willing to learn how to leverage their strengths and increase their capacity to make Click here to view disciplemaking coaching resources. to their style, the greater their effectiveness. http://www.design.infocusnet.org/?page_id=589

Leader Development

  • Who?
    • Coach Training is designed for local church leaders, church planters and network leaders.
  • What?
    • The training approach I take assumes that the best way to learn is by doing. Every effort is made to bridge the connection between the need to address the best practices of leader development and the necessary skills required for the leader to become an excellent coach. The basic level of coach training is a helpful prerequisite to engage leaders in the coaching process as they specialize in the principles of leadership development.
  • How?
    • Establish a culture of leadership development in your ministry by addressing the skills of leadership effectiveness. Click here to view leader development resources – http://www.infocusnet.org/store/leadership-dev-ministry/
    • The Effective Leadership Series is a comprehensive leadership development system that is uniquely designed to be part of a coaching relationship.  Help others sharpen their leadership saw using skill builders, inventories and storyboards to guide their development so that those you coach can build high-performance teams.  Flexible, online and downloadable resources are available in real time.
    • This expansive system is different from the other areas because it includes inventories, or profiles, to assess and leaders in key competency areas. The assessments can be administered as self-assessments or for a more robust evaluation a 180 and 360 version is available upon request. Please click here (IAN please link to office@infocusnet.org) to request more information.
How does training differ with Gary?

The training approach I take assumes that the best way to learn is by doing. Every effort is made to bridge the connection between the need and the necessary skills required for the leader to become a competent coach. This basic level of coach training engages leaders in the coaching process by helping them integrate the skills wherever they are developing people.

Once the basic level of training is completed then specialized training is available in church growth, church multiplication, disciplemaking, personal and leadership development. When I work with groups I survey the group needs annually to target the area they need training. This customized approach helps leaders progress in their coaching development and increase the number of tools in their coaching tool-belt.

What are the End Results?

This can be answered in three ways. At the outset of the training process there is clarity about what the team wants to achieve. I ask three questions: 

  • Objectives – What do you want to accomplish in the training process?
  • Measures – How will you know when you have achieved your objective?
  • Gains – What do you want the impact to be for you and your organization? 

If we meet or surpass these expectations, then we are successful.  For instance, when training church planting coaches in a network we discuss “production capacity” expectations to determine how many coaches need to be equipped.  This ensures that the growing needs of the network will be met now and in the future. 

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