This Ministry Specific Coaching Guide on Planting the Church follows the four stages and 12 frames on the storyboard. These sequential stages consist of:
- Prepare intentionally to build a strong foundation that includes shared vision, strong leadership team and spiritual & relational health.
- Focus relationally and build bridges to the community.
- Refine carefully the process of equipping and making disciples.
- Apply holistically the key elements of growth and multiplication and continually review progress.
Foundational to the success of planting a new church is a clear, intentional pathway that is principle based rather than model-specific. It will include principles that help a planter successfully establish a church of any style or structure. The pathway outlined in this storyboard is both linear and mosaic and designed to help the planter – or the coach who coaches the planter – to identify if essential steps have been missed in the planting process. Making use of this clear pathway will help many planters establish churches that are healthy and growing.
Apart from the specific introductory notes for coaches, most critically, the CG provides suggested questions that can be asked of the coachee to help open up the conversation. These targeted questions (and support coaching notes) exist for all the “behavioural indicators” of each “frame” of the storyboard. The individual being coached can then refer to their own separate storyboard as a guide to the conversation (which will be over a number of sessions) and the coach invites the individuals to think about application issues by asking the questions and probing further when answers are given.
This resource is a PDF downloadable file intended for the use of the purchaser. It also includes a complimentary copy of the accompanying Ministry-Specific Planting the Church Storyboard. Please purchase reprint permission if you wish to make multiple copies of the Storyboard for your Coachees.