A while back, our team conducted a Launching and Building Movements training for a city team. When we got to utilizing distance coaching to multiply their efforts, one staff said he only wanted to minister face to face. We said he could expose even more people to his personal expertise and influence beyond what he was physically be able to reach. Still he wasn’t interested.
Recently, he planned an outreach for his campus. Something came up that would prevent him from being there. So he decided to cancel. His students wanted to carry through on plans anyway. So days before the event, he conducted a conference call with his leaders and they pulled it off.
Distance coaching is useful in coaching more people in more places, but is it for me?
CruPress Green recently published an article on i-Coaching, one of our staff with the Design Movement. His practical guide to distance coaching helps him reach out to second generation South Asian college students.
I like how he laid out his coaching plan. He unpacks each of these in more detail, but here, in his words, are what he does at each step of the coaching appointment.
- Initiate. “Initiate the appointment by finding out what’s going on with the person…”
- Investigate. “…Are there aspects of the community that need to be explored and talked about?…”
- Interview. “…Ask him how things are going, listen to what he has to say, ask good coaching questions and offer advice where pertinent…”
- Inform. “In this stage, it’s your chance to let your coachee know about some things that are going on…”
- Instigate. “By combining what came out in the Interview and Information stages, help him think through next steps…”
- Intercede. “Take a few minutes and take all that you’ve talked about, both personal and ministry, to the Lord in prayer…”
And here are his caveats at the bottom of the article. Very good wisdom.
Possible misconceptions about iCoaching
- It is not meCoaching. This time of coaching is not about the coach, but about the coachee.
- It is not encroaching. The point of the time is to empower the leader, not take on his responsibility.
- It is not iCouching. It takes effort on the part of the coach to be prepared for the time of coaching. As the coach, you cannot be lazy about your responsibility to be prepared.
If you know someone on a campus that you don’t have time to drive to, why not download the article and consider how you might come alongside them as they seek to make a difference for Christ? When you download the pdf, you will see a strategic planning worksheet on page 4 and an appointment guide on page 5.