The Practices of one Distance Coach

It’s January. Having lived most of my life in the north, with snow days, sub-zero temps, etc, it’s easier to visit campuses in the south in January.

This is a great time of the year to try coaching some of your campus leaders using distance coaching approaches. Let me tell you how one of our Coaching Center coaches, Stephanie Walker does her coaching. She works with high school students and volunteers in Orlando, California, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Alabama, and Mississippi. She also supervises a part time field worker in California and another in Alabama.

Regular Practices

  • Plan to call once every one, two or three weeks
  • Call on the same day and time, if possible
  • Take notes of the conversation
  • Text several days before your appointment to confirm

Things to keep in mind

  • State vision each week
  • Keep their next steps simple and doable
  • Each volunteer is unique and so is their ministry
  • Praise every step forward; pour on the encouragement
  • Move them toward the next stage of development

Conversation Content

  • Start with a personal question
  • Follow-up with the prayer requests from the previous call
  • Ask how they did on their next steps from that call
  • Set new next steps
  • Write down prayer requests
  • Pray for them on phone
  • Make next appointment


  • Send any information they need within 24 hours

Stephanie wants others to know that meetings look different if they were being held during the noon hour or after school. A coach provides direction for the student or volunteer leader. What works in one situation may not always work in another.

She also said that she as a coach takes 20 minutes each week to read about new resources. This helps her stay current and she learns new tools to help her students and volunteers. She listed a bunch of her favorites.

  • Preparing Yourself to Work With Students
  • Planning Now for SYATP and SYATP website (See You at the Pole)
  • Speed Traps for Students
  • Mobilizing Students to Pray
  • Most Wanted
  • Planning and Conducting an Outreach
  • Testimony- Telling Others About Christ
  • Testimony Worksheet
  • Soularium and the training videos on CruPressGreen
  • Essentials studies
  • Falling Plates
  • I Am Second

Finally, while what Stephanie does is specific to students leading in a high school setting, she wants us all to keep win, build, and send central in our ministries.

From my seat, I often hear Stephanie coach her volunteers. She laughs with, prays over, and gets excited as she talks with them. I often think about how cared for, encouraged, and equipped the one on the other end of that phone call must be after that call.

If you get a call from someone who wants to start a ministry on a campus that you just can’t drive to, why not try coaching them from a distance.

Here are two other tips on coaching plans.


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