Coaches: A Key to Life Change
What is the “bottom line” when it comes to small groups? It isn’t attendance, number of groups, or how often groups serve together. What we’re aiming, pushing, and praying for is life change for the individual group members. I remember when one of our former elders, Randy Nelson, shared some thoughts about his experience in college. He relayed that the thing that kept him involved in church wasn’t a flashy worship service or great preaching, but it was seeing change in his own life. Genuine life change is what keeps people engaged in church. Life change is what draws people to a worship service. Life change is what lasts–its what matters to God.
Listen to this quote from Mark Howell:
“So…how does life-change really happen at the member level? I contend that being in a group is not what causes it. There’s nothing magical about sitting around a coffee table and talking. No, what I’ve found so often is that if you want life-change to happen at the member level, something will have to happen to the leader of the group…first.
Let me say it this way. Whatever you want to happen at the member level, will have to happen to the leader first. If you want your members to experience what it feels like to be prayed for, encouraged in tough times, held accountable, cared for, challenged, laughed with and cried with, listened to…if you want your members to have this experience…someone will have to be doing it to the leaders of your groups first.”
That’s why your role as a coach is so vital. While the “success” of a group ultimately hinges on what the members do or don’t do, a group will never see its members experience positive life change if that change isn’t taking place in the life of the leader.
Think about the group leaders in your huddle. What changes has God revealed to you that He wants to take place? How can you pray, prod, and encourage so that the work God wants to do takes place in the lives of those leaders, and, ultimately, in the lives of the group members?