December 5: Coaching

This week? Coaching training for the Mobilization Department! Coaching is “an ongoing intentional conversation that empowers a person or group to fully live out God’s calling” (Keith Webb). It is a skill that we as mobilizers can use as we talked with students and others interested in missions, to empower them and move them along from where they are to where they want to be. Skills we’re learning this week include: listening, asking good questions, and giving helpful feedback.

I am loving this training because it fits so well with my counseling training, and gives me more tools to use in a practical way in my job.  Coaching is different from counseling, though, because it’s forward looking (i.e. what are you going to DO) and does not intentionally get into the ‘past issues’ of a person. A person, typically, would go into coaching if they have the right skills and knowledge to complete the task at hand but want someone to walk them through. The job of the coach is to EMPOWER by ASKING QUESTIONS and helping the coachee discover action steps on their own, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We’re learning through doing – being taught the skills and concepts and then being put in groups of two in order to practice what we just learned. It’s very similar learning method as my grad counseling program, and so that’s been an added blessing to see how much I have grown in asking questions and guiding conversations. Of course, there’s still so much to learn. And so we have the rest of the week! ; )

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