Coaching Leadership Series
“Building Winning Ministry Teams: An Overview” (SL# 6)
by Lloyd Elder, adapted from SkillTrack® Vol. 3 - Coaching Leadership,
written by James D. Williams, Ph.D., with Lloyd Elder, Th.D.

Study Thesis: Coaching Leadership presents and explores the fundamentals, steps, and skills of coaching leadership applied to the practices and tasks of winning ministry teams.

Key Text: Ephesians 4:11-13--It was he [Christ] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Coaching leadership is not only a popular contemporary model of leadership, but long before that it was essentially the way Christ led and taught His disciples to do so. He came to launch the most significant movement in all human history. He gathered a few followers around Him, lived with them, trained them, showed them how by doing, and gave them a daunting commission (See Matt. 28:18-20).

1. Coaching Leadership Study

The purpose of this overview article, and a subsequent article series, is to contribute to the development of “coaching leaders”--a significant model expressing servant leadership. Before the articles, there was an extensive research and writing project pursued by three of us: James D. Williams, Joyce Byrd, and Lloyd Elder. We have shared many years in friendship and as part of ministry teams; we revisited this during the recent publishing project. I asked Dr. Williams to become the principle writer, commending him to you as a coaching minister, administrator, educator, researcher, and writer. My own contribution grew out of five decades of Christian ministry in roles as pastor, administrator, supervisor, educator and executive. Joyce kept us on task and understandable. These footprints are shared throughout the study, expressed in research, course design, leadership concepts, and writing.

We have based these articles on SkillTrack® Vol. 4, Coaching Leadership: Building a Winning Ministry Team. Key fundamental assumptions about coaching matter deeply to us:

2. Introducing a Six-Step Coaching Leadership Model

A model developed as a result of research and experience is introduced here and will be presented more fully throughout the publication of the articles prepared for the Servant Leaders Library. Remember, Jesus is the example for coaching leadership, and the “Ephesian Equipping Model” (Eph.4) is a biblical basis. Comments on the diagram below may be helpful:

Six-Step Coaching Leadership Model

Remember, “coaching leadership” is attitude before action; more commitment than control; more team effort than solo performance; and more Christlike than stylish. Articles will be published in the Servant Leaders Library related to each one of these six critical steps:

3. Coaching Leadership in Your Practice

Ask any successful coach, and each will give testimony to the fact that all six skills identified are essential skills. Though not intended as an exhaustive list, it is helpful to look at these basic fundamentals in good coaching. Now as a closing snapshot, look again at Jesus as Player/Coach, and at others who are good at what they do. It is apparent that good coaching involves some basic actions. Evaluate the following list; which do you do most often? Good Coaching:

What’s the plan for installing coaching leadership into your life and leadership? The short form is: Receive it! Understand it! Put it into practice! Improve on it! Pass it on to others in your own life and ministry! Whether your team numbers three or 300, the principles and practices of coaching can deliver winning results for you. This is presented with our prayer for you in His service.

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Adapted by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., Founding Director, Moench Center for Church Leadership