“This is not rocket science.”

Ben Rivera, long-time Student LINC Coach, is doing something different this year. He’s doing Google Hangouts with student leaders on several campuses for the St. Louis Metro Team. Some of their staff and interns sit in on those coaching calls.

Ben will say that nothing he does is rocket science. In fact, I suspect that after listening to his coaching those staff and interns think that they could do that, and maybe even better!

Read on for some of the key elements as Ben coaches student and volunteer leaders to reach their campus.

Ben shoots to connect with these student leaders every week or two. There are some things that he makes a point to ask about each time. And in the back of his mind, he has a set of skills and specific resources that he wants these leaders to know.

Topics for each session.

  • How is your walk with the Lord?
  • Are you living a pure life?
  • Are you praying for the campus?
  • Did you read my weekly tip? (These are specifically written for the student leader and timely based on the semester and cycles of momentum. They have a devotional or heart emphasis as well as a practical ministry focus.)
  • A passage of Scripture to look at relevant to their walk with the Lord or ministry. One example was Matthew 8:18-22, the cost of following Jesus.
  • What is one question you want to make sure we cover today?
  • We are a ministry of evangelism and discipleship. We want to multiply our lives into others so that we can give every student an opportunity to hear the Gospel.

Specific training he is systematically covering.

  • Sharing the Knowing God Personally booklet.
  • Living the Spirit-filled life.
  • Writing their testimony.
  • Taking someone through follow up.
  • Starting and leading a Bible study.
  • Forming and leading a leadership team.

Ben doesn’t assume anything. He’s making sure these student leaders know the most basic ministry skills. He asks lots of good questions to find out what is really going on with each leader and their ministry. And he is able to adjust his agenda based on how the conversation goes. You need to know that he takes careful notes on those conversations so he remembers what he talked about as he prepares for the next conversation.

But Ben has two purposes. 1. Equip these student leaders. Ben has a real heart for people and wants to see them become all that God intends for them to become. And 2. The local staff and interns see how easy and strategic these coaching calls are so that they will want to take over the coaching themselves. In fact one of the local staff has taken careful notes of her own to share with the whole team so that they all benefit.

As we think about giving every student on every campus in every demographic an opportunity to say “Yes!” to Jesus, we will necessarily have to put students, faculty, and volunteers in leadership roles and equip them to lead. Secondly, we will need to add distance coaching elements to our ministry plan. The need pushes us to consider what God might do beyond what we are able to do face to face.

Some others on distance coaching.

Fall 2016 Coaching Tips


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