Coaches Training Session 5

Over the past 5 weeks I’ve been posting video training sessions for ministry coaches.  In this final installment I share how to deal with that difficult leadership responsibility of confronting others.   We look at Galatians 6 and identify three questions we must ask before we confront.   I hope you’ve enjoyed these sessions and found them helpful in your own leadership.  Please feel free to copy the embed codes and use freely in your own organization.

Courageous Leadership from Seacoast Church on Vimeo.

Coaches Training Session 3

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been posting training sessions for ministry coaches.  Session 1 we looked at The Heart of a Coach.  Session 2 covered how to do a One on One coaching session.  Now in session three I talk about how to lead a coaches huddle.  Huddles are nothing new, however the biggest complaint you’ll hear is “nobody wants to come to my huddle”.  I totally agree, no one wants to come if it adds no value to the leader.  However I’ve watched coaches over the years who’ve created meaningful, highly interactive, huddles that added great value to their leaders.  Success and sustainability are all in the execution.   If you do huddles poorly leaders will not attend.  If you do them well they will love you for making the investment.

Group Huddles from Seacoast Church on Vimeo.

Coaches Training Session 1

I believe the role of coach is the most underrated position in the local church today. I know many small group ministries use coaches, but I think it’s important for every ministry to identify key people who can serve as coaches to the leaders in their area.

About a year ago we shot some videos for ministry coaches at Seacoast Church. Since summer is a time to recruit new coaches for the upcoming ministry season, I thought it’d be a good opportunity to put these videos out so others can use them to train coaches in their ministry. I will post all five sessions over the next five Wednesdays.

SGC: 1-The Heart of a Coach from Seacoast Church on Vimeo.

Lead with Your Strengths

A few weeks ago my friend Allan Kelsey, founder of Leading Leaders, came to Seacoast Church to train our Campus Pastors and key leaders to lead with their strengths.  I asked Allan to make a short training video that we could use to train all Seacoast employees.  Feel free to use this training with your staff, all you need to do is purchase the book Now Discover Your Strengths, watch the video and follow the steps outlined below.

In this module, we will discuss leading with your strengths. To begin, please be sure that you have a copy of Marcus Buckingham’s Now Discover Your Strengths book. You can refer to the back inside back cover for your individual access code. You will visit to take your individual assessment. This will give you your top 5 strengths.

Please note, you can not share access codes. Once you have used your code, you will create a log in using your email address. You can only gain access to this site and your results via your email account and log in. Once you have taken your survey, please send your results to your supervisor.


  • Think: What percentage of your time do you operate in your strengths? What percentage of your time do you operate in your weaknesses?
  • Watch the video from Allan Kelsey from Leading Leaders.
  • Read pages 1- 79 in the Now Discover Your Strengths. Then take the online assessment to recieve your individual results. Next,  read the description of your top five strengths provided in the back of the book. You will also receive this explanation in an email with your results.


  • Journal: Keep a journal this week capturing moments you find yourself using your strengths. Write down how it feels, what it looks like, what were you doing when you were using one of your strengths?
  • Discuss: Ask someone close to you to help you identify how they see these strengths being used in your life.


  • Meet with your mentor to identify and discuss your individual strengths.
  • Talk about some of the following questions in your meeting:
    • What percentage of your time do you operate in your strengths?  What percentage of your time do you operate in your weaknesses?
    • What stood out to you from Allan’s video teaching?  What stood out to you the most from your reading in Now Discover Your Strengths?
    • Were you surprised by the results of your assessment? Which Strength do you see the most in your life? Which one suprised you the most?
    • What is one specific concept that has challenged your thinking about strength based leadership?
    • Why do you think it is important to take the time to understand the strengths of others on our team?
    • How will a focus on your strengths change your daily activities?
    • What will you do next week to spend a greater percentage of your time using your strengths?
    • Is there anything that needs to be adjusted in your current job description?

Making Vision Stick

Pastor Pete Wilson, from Cross Point Church in Nashville TN, shares how to communicate vision so it really sticks. You can check Pete’s blog out at this link.  Want to use this video as a mentor module?  Watch this video with your team or mentee and follow the instructions below.

How Do I Communicate Vision In a Way That Will Stick? from Seacoast Church on Vimeo.

 EXPLORE – Something to Think about

  • Watch this video with your mentee or your team. Read Nehemiah 2:17-18 and discuss the following questions:
  • What made Nehemiah so effective at casting his vision?
  • Think about Nehemiah’s audience, what challenges might Nehemiah have faced in getting his message across?
  • What advice stood out to you the most from Pete’s video?
  • What are some vision stories that you need to be telling?

EXPERIENCE – Give it a Try

Find a time this week to cast your vision. It may be from the platform, in a team meeting or over a lunch with an individual. But practice casting vision in a way that sticks.

EVALUATE – Talk it through with a Mentor

Once you had the chance to cast your vision discuss the following questions with your mentor:

  • How well did you cast the vision?
  • What type of response did you get from those who were listening?
  • What action has been taken since you cast the vision?
  • What did you do well?
  • What could you have done better?

Teambuilding Mentoring Session

In yesterdays post I described a three step mentoring process you can use with your mentee or your team.  Today I want to give you an actual mentoring session you can use.  Share this post with your mentee and simply follow the process.

Click on the Play button below to watch introduction video:


SITUATION:  You’re leading a team that has been together for nearly a year.  As the leader you’re sensing there isn’t quite the team spirit or performance you anticipated.  People on the team like each other and get along fine but seem to work independently rather than working as a team.  One member says to you, “We need to do some teambuilding to pull us together?”

  1. What would you do in this situation to build these individuals into a high performing team?
  2. Think back to a high performing team you have been a part of in the past, what were the characteristics that really brought them together?  If you’ve never been apart of a high performing team what kept that team from functioning well?
  3. Click on this link to read The Team Building Trap article by Jim Galvin.  This same link includes a brief summary of Jon Katzenback’s 5 Levels of Team Performance.  Where would you place your team on the 5 Levels of Team Performance? Working Group, Pseudo team, Potential Team, Real team, High performance team.   Why?
  4. What are 2-3 things you would do to help your team become a high performing team ?


Plan a meeting agenda that will help galvanize your team into a high performance team. Make sure you use the 3 principles from the article as your guide.  Write out the agenda and go over it with your mentor before leading the meeting.

  • Principle #1 – Make sure you have a real team  – Write out the purpose of your team.
  • Principle #2 – Make sure you have a lofty goal  – Write out the teams lofty goal
  • Principle #3 – Focus on the performance challenge – Lead a session with your team mapping out an action plan toward the lofty goal.  Make sure you help identify everyone’s strengths and their role in this process.

Write out additional steps you need to take as the team leader using the principles from the Team Building Trap article.  Next lead the meeting.  Invite your mentor to sit in and watch if possible.


Meet with your mentor and discuss the following questions:

  1. How did your team meeting go?  What went well?  What would you do differently?
  2. How did the team members respond?
  3. How well did you apply each of the three principles?
    Principle #1 – Make sure you have a real team
    Principle #2 – Make sure you have a lofty goal
    Principle #3 – Focus on the performance challenge.
  4. What next steps do you need to take in building a high performance team?