New Edition of Game Plan!

Game Plan coverA revised and updated edition of “Game Plan: Developing Intentional  Missional Ministry” is now available! 

To order it online from Amazon, click here, or you can contact Tim directly at timroehl@usfamily.net  for bulk orders.

Here’s what some leaders are saying about Game Plan:

“I greatly appreciate “Game Plan” for us in working with missionary development in the Caribbean. I was looking for a practical guide for ministry development for any context and I found it in “Game Plan”. Since it is practical and biblically based, it is well received and useful across cultures. Since it has a story line, it is easy to follow in a practical way.”
– Richard Yoder, One Mission Society Caribbean Field Director

“What a joy to find a road map with “Next Steps” to encourage building Great Commission Churches through Great Commandment living. Game Plan achieves this well.”
– Gary E. Wright President, World Renewal Int’l; Evangelist, Evangelical Friends Church; Community Church Missions

“Practical! Practical! Practical! The narrative approach and breadth of resources make Game Plan a must have, practical resource for engaging the Great Commission in meaningful, missional ways. Every lay person, pastor, missionary and church planter who is serious about making disciples will find this to be a useful resource. This is a book to order by the case to share with others in your personal efforts to make and multiply disciples.”
– Rev. Bob Ransom, US Ministries Director, The Missionary Church

“Game Plan is a game changer. The coach approach in every chapter allows readers to immediately develop a community impacting Game Plan. If you desire to reach a community for Christ this book will prove to be more valuable than any seminar you have ever attended.”
– Sam Farina, Assemblies of God USA Coaching Task Force Leader.

“Game Plan is a must read for anyone struggling to make sense of church life or who longs to fit and flourish in God’s Kingdom. Tim Roehl provides a delicate balance of coaching, coach training, and clear and helpful teaching. It was easy to follow the conversation Roehl provides, replacing Tom’s name with my name. His story overlaps my story. Maybe yours as well. Having first hand exposure to Tim and his coaching and teaching ministry, Game Plan is about as close as you can get without flying him in for the weekend. It’s an easy read. But you will want to linger over each section until it becomes yours. Read it. Read it with others.”
– Rev. Les Cool, Pastor, Director of Church Planting for the Evangelical Congregational Church

“Tim Roehl masterfully accomplishes his goal to create a ‘coach yourself forward’ resource manual! His questions for personal self-reflection or team discussion stimulate vision and discernment, and the appendices provide biblically-based missional strategies rich with application…all this in a book that is highly engaging and adaptable to the reader’s own pace.”
–Dr. Wayne Schmidt, VP Wesley Seminary, Indiana Wesleyan University

“Game Plan is not for cowardly leaders who wish to play it safe. It is for those brave souls who are willing to get out of the bubble of “doing church as usual” in order to make a difference in their community and beyond. You will find this self-coaching guide practical and relevant for creating a missional culture in your church.”
– Mark O Wilson, Pastor, Author of “Purple Fish” & “Filled Up, Poured Out”

I love the story Tim uses to get across his message. It captures your attention and makes the development of missional ministry come alive through the characters Tim has developed. He makes it a very practical, step by step process without it feeling like it. For me what makes his message even more tangible, is having had him for a coach myself. Tim isn’t just writing a book – he is sharing his heart for developing people and changing lives. This is the real thing, and so is he.
– Rev. Ray Van Gilst, District Superintendent with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Central Pacific District

To read what other leaders are saying about Game Plan, click Game Plan Endorsements.

To view more information about the book and downloadable resources click here.

 

Roehl Report November 2014

Roehl Report Masthead Prayer CardNational Conferences and International Trips
Part of our ministry gives us the privilege of equipping leaders in national and international settings. August through October were busy travel times with rich times of ministry and learning.

Evangelical Friends National Church Multiplication Conference
Tim was the featured speaker for the Evangelical Friends Church at their National Church Multiplication Conference on the campus of Barclay College in Kansas in August. He spoke in four main sessions and did a workshop around the theme of “Missional Multiplication”. There were over 100 leaders from all over the United States at the event. It was a wonderful opportunity to speak into the life of an entire denomination, casting vision for what “could be” and helping them with practical skills to make a difference in their world. A wonderful “extra” the Lord provided was being able to see our dear friends Justin and Kara Lefto and their three awesome sons.

To listen to Tim’s messages from that conference and download the PowerPoint and message outlines, click here

Haitian Coaching Group 3 Haiti Training Trip
A week-long trip to Haiti in the Cap Haitian area was an opportunity to equip over 30 leaders with coaching skills and also get to learn more about the multi-faceted ministry of OMS there. Tim was invited by Dave Graffenburger, who has served the Haitian people with his wife Marilyn for many years. It was a great experience to see a beloved leader work with his people. Dave and Tim trained pastors, church planters and church planting trainers, seminary students and others with ministry coaching skills. Tim also got to see our medical and dental clinics, seminary, school for children, wood shop and our radio ministry (4VEH)… all of which make the love of Jesus real and powerful in many ways. He also got to spend quality time with many of the OMS missionaries who serve there.

It was a rich learning experience. If you’d like to read Tim’s journal and see some pictures of the trip, click here.

Mozambique Training Trip
In early September, Tim was in Africa for two weeks. Joining his OMS teammate Jose’ Bañales we got to see a bit of South Africa with OMS Mozambique field director Larry Weil (a day at Kruger Park on safari seeing animals in the wild was a lifelong dream). Joining the rest of our OMS team in Mozambique, we had a whirlwind of ministry experiences:
– We spoke at a church, seminary and Christian school
– We led three coach training events for leaders from over 12 organizations and 12 nations
– We spent quality time with each of our OMS missionary families, who come from five countries.
– We also had ministry time with leaders from other ministry organizations.

Kongolati Tim coaches Pastor JukaAs Tim modeled coaching skills by coaching the leader of our partner denomination in Mozambique under a beautiful shade tree, one of the pastors watching the power of what coaching can do said, “A movement has begun under this tree.” If you’d like to read the journal from Tim’s trip to Africa, click here.

Grace Covenant International Conferences
Our friend Dallas Elder leads a ministry called Grace Covenant International, based in the Kansas City area. Tim was one of his three presenter/equippers for their “Ignite” Ministry Conference. Leading workshops on how to go deeper with God, deeper as healthy teams, and deeper into your mission fields was rewarding and well received.

Missio Nexus Conference
We both joined other OMS leaders in Atlanta in late September at the Missio Nexus Conference, which brings together leaders from mission agencies and ministries across North America. We represented OMS at our booth, attended workshops and enjoyed meeting friends from other ministries. A great joy was to see our cousins Jamie and Dot Bosworth before the Conference and our good friends Chris and Lisa Cooper and their family (including 18-month old triplets!) before we went home.

Birkman International Conference
An important part of our ministry is helping leaders and teams fit and flourish. A key resource is the Grip-Birkman process (www.gripbirkman.com). Tim went to Houston to get more training to become a Senior Birkman consultant and attend their international conference. It was tremendous to meet people from all over the world who work in business, educational, ministry and other professional environments. He had some amazing conversations with people…some about their spiritual journeys as well as Birkman learning!

On the “what a pleasant surprise” front, Tim found out that his dear cousin Nancy lives five minutes from where the training was held! He had not realized that her town was a suburb of Houston. Precious time was spent with her and her daughter Dawn’s family.

Family Trip
We made a trip back to Minnesota in late August to spend time with our family, especially going through many boxes of family pictures and mementos with Tim’s Dad, our Uncle Noel and Tim’s brothers Randy and Rick and their wives Lisa and Aleen. We had some wonderful time with our daughter Elise, shared about our ministry at Illumination Church, where we had pastored and also helped with the homegoing service of our dear friend Darlene Irwin. It’s always good to be home and see family.

Upcoming Ministry
November
** Ongoing coaching relationships
6-8 Presenting/Equipping at Kentucky Mountain Bible College
10-13 Chapel Speaker, Evangelical School of Ministry, Greenwood, IN
10-14 Grip Birkman Super Week, Greenwood, IN
17-20 Train and Multiply Training, Greenwood, IN

December
** Ongoing coaching relationships
3-5 OMS Orientation, Greenwood, IN
17-30 Help Aubrey, Dylan and boys move, Marshalltown, IA and family time, MN

Pray For…
1. Aubrey and Dylan’s move from WA to IA and the sale of their house.
2. Tim’s dad who is dealing with health issues.
3. Upcoming ministry opportunities locally and globally.
4. Us to be a blessing in our neighborhood.

Thanks for your support…together, we’re making a difference around God’s world!

Equipping Leaders in Haiti

Haiti mapHaiti is a nation of incredible contrasts…economically, materially and spiritually. In August I had the opportunity to equip leaders there and learn more about the ministry of OMS in the Cap Haitian area. You’ll see it at the top of the map of Haiti.

In the midst of extreme poverty I had rich experiences relationally and spiritually as I  equipped ministry leaders and met with our OMS missionaries.

It’s difficult to describe all that happens on international trips like these, so I always keep a journal of my experiences. Writing the story–what led up to the trip, how the trip came together, who I met, daily life, divine appointments, ministry opportunities and unexpected “extras” all get captured in my ministry journals. It helps our supporters, prayer partners, friends and family “go with me”. If you’d like to download and read the journal of my trip to Haiti, click Tim Roehl Trip to Haiti 8-14.

Thanks again to the many who support us with encouragement, finances and prayer.  We couldn’t serve leaders in other nations without you!

Coaching Tips Videos

Here are a number of short, practical videos that introduce and illustrate coaching as Steve Ogne and I wrote about in “TransforMissional Coaching” and use to train coaches all over the world. Click on the links to view the videos…may they help instruct and inspire you to become a great coach!

“What is “TransforMissional Coaching”?   In their ministry with CRM Tim Roehl and Steve Ogne have coached hundreds of leaders from over 100 denominations and organizations and trained thousands of ministry coaches. TransforMissional Coaching describes the essentials of our value for coaching with a goal  to create a culture of empowerment on every level of a denomination or organization through the ministry of coaching.


 

1. Understanding Coaching–Definitions What is coaching? Here are some simple definitions that form a foundation for understanding the ministry of coaching. For the PowerPoint, click What is Coaching?

2. Seven Habits of Great Coaches Here are the seven habits/skills of great coaches.  The first three are what the coach does for the leader and the last for are what the coach helps the leader do for themselves.  For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #2 Seven Habits of Great Coaches

3. 4 “C’s” of Holistic, Missional Coaching  Coaching involves the whole life of a leader. Here are  the “4 C’s” of holistic and missional coaching to help coaches pay attention to what God is doing in a leader’s life. For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #3– 4 C’s

4. How to Become a Great Listener  Listening is an essential skill for great coaches.  Here are some tips to become a great listener.  For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #4 How to Be a Great Listener

5. How to Ask Great Questions Asking great questions that lead to discovery and clarity is the flip side of great listening. Great coaches know how to do both. Here are the keys to asking great questions.  For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #5 Asking Great Questions

6. The G*R*O*W Game Plan for Coaching  Every coach needs a game plan so that the leader they coach will discover and develop their own game plan to move them forward. Here’s  the G*R*O*W game plan for coaching. For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #6 GROW Coaching Game Plan

7. Getting to Reality  The “R” of our G*R*O*W coaching game plan, here’s tips to help the person you coach paint the clearest picture of their current reality.  For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #7 Getting to Reality

8. Generating Options The “O” of our GROW coaching game plan is to coach the leader to discover and discern the options to accomplish their goal. Here are practical tips to help generate options as you coach leaders.  For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #8 Generating Options

9. Developing Action Steps The “W” of our GROW coaching game plan is “Will”–helping the leader clarify what they will do. Here’s how to coach a leader to action steps with S*M*A*R*T goals.  For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #9 Game Plan–Developing Action Steps

10. The Biblical Basis for Coaching  The heart of great coaching is thoroughly Biblical. Here’s the Biblical foundation for coaching. For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #10 Biblical Basis for Coaching

For further information about coaching, you can purchase Tim and Steve’s book “TransforMissional Coaching”.  Click here for the link to Amazon.

 

Coaching Tips #9: Coaching Teams, Groups and Communities

In our book, TransforMissional Coaching, Steve Ogne and I write a chapter on the unique aspects of coaching teams, groups or communities of people.  In this excellent post, Steve summarizes our “7 Habits of a Great Coach” in a team context. 

It’s no surprise – most organizations can’t function without forming groups of one kind or another to help accomplish goals. But groups can be challenging places to get work done!

Coaching in a group setting is not only possible, but an extremely effective way to help different types of groups reach their potential together.

The process of coaching groups is similar to coaching individuals, yet with slight differences. In this article I’ll give seven skills to coach groups effectively.

1. Listen Together
When coaching an individual, we listen one-on-one. When coaching a group, we listen together. Group listening is far more difficult than listening to one person. Group listening involves creating a safe place where all members of the group can be heard. It also means being able to prioritize concerns, achieve consensus, and be sure group members hear one another.

2. Meet Needs
When coaching one person, the coach must be sure the person’s needs are cared for. When coaching a group, it is the coach’s job to help group members care for one another and meet one another’s needs. It is the responsibility of the coach to facilitate pairing those with a need with those who can meet that need.

3. Party
When coaching one person, a coach celebrates with a coachee through personal affirmation. When coaching a group, the whole team needs to celebrate together. This can be done by taking some time to party. This kind of celebration builds relationships, increases respect for one another, acknowledges accomplishments, and motivates for further progress.

4. Dream
When coaching an individual, you can strategize by planning together. Strategizing with a group often takes the form of dreaming about the future and what can be accomplished. Groups benefit from both dreaming and planning. Dreaming fuels vision and hope, while shared planning increase ownership and responsibility.

5. Cross-train
In a group context members increase their personal mastery by cross-training with one another. Cross-training builds relationships and increases shared learning and respect for one another’s contribution. It also improves performance as members prepare to train others in their task. The result is two-deep leadership in every position.

6. Values
When coaching one person, you can use Scripture to address character issues that emerge. When coaching groups, you develop the character of the group by using Scripture to develop group values that guide and govern the group’s behavior. Some of those values will have an outward focus that governs how the group ministers to others, and other values will have an inward focus on the way group members treat one another.

7. Challenge
You challenge an individual by confronting or motivating the person. The same is true of groups. There are times when you need to confront negative behavior – two times in particular. First, when behavior is damaging to the ministry focus of the group, and second, when behavior is damaging to relationships. Finally, a positive visionary challenge is important every time the group gathers.

Adapted from Steve Ogne and Tim Roehl’s book, TransforMissional Coaching.  Reprinted as it appeared on www.creativeresultsmanagement.com.

To download this article as a Word document, click Coaching Teams

Coaching Tip #8: The “W” of G*R*O*W

W: What WILL you do?

 1.    Now we move from “options to action” and from “creativity to  responsibility.”  We are closing the loop to do what it takes to meet our goal.  They are now developing action steps for a game plan to move forward.  Our goal in the “W” of our G*R*O*W coaching game plan for the leader is to take responsibility and own their game plan.  The goal for the coach is to leave the ball in the leader’s hands and trust him/her to move ahead with God’s help.

2.   Ask, “So, how do you want to proceed?”  They will choose their option from options list.  Note: occasionally they will choose a “W” that you feel a check about.  Rather than telling them you think it’s a bad idea, coach them through the implications of that course and that often helps them.

Help them develop “S*M*A*R*T” action steps

Specific

Measureable

Achievable, but still causes them to stretch and trust the Lord

Relevant—fits into the big picture and their vision, values and mission at this point in time.

Time bound

3.  To help them with their S*M*A*R*T goals and reinforce a sense of responsibility and accomplishment, ask questions like these:

  • “WHAT option do you choose?”
  •  “WHAT steps do you need to take?”
  •  “WHERE does this fit in your master plan?”
  •  “WHO needs to know?”
  •  “WHEN will you begin…complete this?”
  •  “WHAT resources will you need?”
  •  “WHO needs to do WHAT to help you accomplish this?”

 

 4.   Have the leader summarize the action steps, with times/dates for each action.  This is crucial!  If you don’t, a coaching appointment can be nothing more than a good conversation.  They’ve got to leave with a game plan.

5.  Hold the leader accountable…yet allow for follow-up questions and observations before your next coaching appointment.  Leave the ball in the leader’s hands!

Wrapping Up…

What was most helpful to you from our visit today?

When will we meet again?

What can I pray for you about?

Finish your call with encouragement and prayer…bless them!

What happens when people don’t follow through?  Some tips:

  1. As they develop their “W”—their game plan—ask them directly, “Will you do this?”
  2. Make sure the “W” action steps are written down—preferably by the person you coach.
  3. If they fail to follow through, at the next coaching session, ask them what were the factors that contributed to them not following through.
  4. Get them to identify what things did go well (if only small things) and celebrate that with them.
  5. Help them to identify what they’ve learned that will help them change some things for next time.
  6. Coach them through the game plan again.
  7. Sometimes, people truly aren’t coachable.  You may say something like, “It appears that I’m not able to serve you well…it might be better for you to find someone else who can.”  We don’t want to enable people in an unhealthy way.

Download this tip as a Word doc here:  Coaching Tips #8 W of GROW

Adapted from: “TransforMissional Coaching” by Dr. Tim Roehl and Dr. Steve Ogne

 Contact us at : steve.ogne@crmleaders.org

                        Tim.roehl@crmleaders.org

Coaching Tip #7–Simple But Effective Evaluation/Diagnostic Questions

As we coach our leader, it is often helpful to remember some very simple but effective diagnostic/evaluation questions before we begin an event, when we are “stuck” or when we want to review our progress.  Here are a few:

Before You Begin” Questions

  • What are the “big rocks” (priorities) that we must address first?
  • What are we trying to do? What’s our goal?  What is a “win” for us?
  • Who else do we need to hear from…who else needs to be involved…do we have the right people in the right places for the right reasons?
  • How does this fit with your V,V,M? (Vision, Values and Mission)?

 

 “In the Midst/Getting Unstuck” Questions

  • What’s working?  What’s going well?  Why?
  • What’s not working?  What’s not going well? Why?
  • What’s missing?
  • What’s confused?  What are we not clear about?
  • When where you last “clear” about this issue?
  • Where does this fit into the big picture?
  • How does this fit with your V,V,M? (Vision, Values and Mission)?
  • What adjustments do you need to make in light of current circumstances?

 

 The “Flip” Question to Turn Obstacles to Opportunities

We can “flip” obstacles into opportunities by asking a simple question.  Ask “What if…” to each obstacle raised, such as…

What if…

  • We had the money?
  • They said “yes”?
  • This was the right time?

 

 “After the Event” Questions

  • Let them report…help them celebrate!
  • What lessons have we learned from this experience that will help us next time?
  • What could/should be our next step on this issue?  How can we leverage this to build momentum?
  • What adjustments do you need to make in light of current circumstances?
  • Was this a “win” for us…how and why?

 

As you work with leaders, these simple questions can yield great insights (“ah-ha or uh-oh”) and open doors for teachable moments.  This helps them link specific ministry activities to the bigger picture of ministry strategy.

From: “TransforMissional Coaching” Clinic

To download a Word document of this post, click here: Coaching Tips #7 Diagnostic Q’s

For more information, contact:

Dr. Tim Roehl Tim.Roehl@crmleaders.org

Dr. Steve Ogne Steve.Ogne@crmleaders.org

Coaching Tip #6—“Generating Options”

“O” In our G*R*O*W Coaching Path, let’s look at the “O”: What are our Options?

Goal of the “O”— Divine Creativity

Key to the “O”— Asking “What else?”

Often what appears to be only a couple options quickly becomes a list of 8-10, of which one “rises to the surface” under the direction of the Holy Spirit…there’s always one more option!

1.  Here’s the coach’s “moment of truth”…

  • Will I try to solve the problem, or guide the leader to discern and discover the creative options that become our solution?
  • Can I resist the obsessive urge to “tell them what to do, because I have the right answer,” or will I help the leader create a list of alternative strategies or courses of action?
  • Ask, “What are our options here?” and then be quiet!  Remember, “A pregnant pause often gives birth to great insights!”

2. Identify false assumptions:

  • “It can’t be done…”
  • “They’d never agree to try that…”
  • “We tried it before and it didn’t work…”
  • “We’re not ready for that…”
  • “We can’t afford that…”

3.  Challenge false assumptions, by asking the “Flip Question that can turn obstacles into opportunities:  “What if…”

  • “You have enough money?”
  • “You had more staff?”
  • “You had the answer to that question?”
  • “That obstacle wasn’t there?”

4.  Let the leader come up with as many options as possible.  Two great option questions are “In what ways could you…” and “What else?” Only offer your options after you’ve asked permission:

  • “May I share a thought or two about this?” 
  • “Have you considered…”

5.   When you’ve generated a good list, ask “What of these options appears to be our best course of action?”  Let the leader choose…it shows that you trust them and helps them take responsibility.  It is very empowering.  If you are not comfortable with their choice, ask questions to help the leader think through the consequences of that choice.  This moves you to the “W” (What will you do?). 

 From: “TransforMissional Coaching” Clinic

 For more information, contact:

Dr. Tim Roehl Tim.Roehl@crmleaders.org

Dr. Steve Ogne Steve.Ogne@crmleaders.org

To download the Word document of this tip, click here: Coaching Tips #6 Generating Options

Coaching Tips #5: Going Layers Deeper in Your Questions

As we ask questions, we discover “reality” and get the fullest insights from a leader when we learn to ask questions several “layers deep.” Here are some word pictures help illustrate this—

 1.      Helping the leader paint a clear and detailed picture of the situation…each question is a brush stroke.

 2.      Each question opens a door to a “room” of information, and each good follow-up question opens a door to a bigger “room” of information and discovery.  The ultimate goal is to get “a tour of the whole house.”

3.       Finding treasure…as we ask questions, we dig further and go “layers deeper” to discover more treasure below the surface.

4.       “Going on an adventure and discovering things along the way as we ask good questions.”

 I.   Remember Three Kinds of Questions

a.       Information—helps us get what we need to help the leader discern, discover and develop.

b.      Awareness—these questions help us get to the “ah-ha” or “uh-oh” moments that are so vital.  Be sensitive to body language and emotions…they can be indicators of “hot” issues. 

c.       Action—helps the leader move to practical action steps.

II.    Remember, Behind Every Great Question are More Questions Waiting to Be to Asked!

a.  This is essential in the “R” (Reality) and “O” (Options) in our “G*R*O*W” strategy and the “Discern” and “Discover” of our 4 D’s.

b.  In your mind, always be thinking “what else” and “tell me more” as you ask and listen.  Then, ask “what else” and “tell me more.” 

c.  Don’t settle for one word or one layer answers…always encourage your leader to paint a fuller picture by asking more good questions. Great questions are easily understood. “The most effective questions for raising awareness and responsibility begin with words that seek to quantify or gather facts, words like WHAT, WHEN, WHO, HOW MUCH, HOW MANY.”

d.  Another approach comes from the “Great Commandment” verses: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength…and your neighbor as yourself.”  Using this approach, we can help a leader “walk around” issues from a variety of perspectives:

Heart”—pay attention to spiritual (what has the Lord been saying to you about…) or intuition (what has your heart/gut been telling you…)

Soul”—emotions.  Pay attention to feelings…they are indicators.  (how are you feeling about…)

Mind”—reason.  Pay attention to more logical, reasonable, linear viewpoints…facts and information.

Strength”—physical.  Pay attention to their health, energy levels (what energizes or drains you…) or tangible resources needed for a situation.

Neighbors” “(“other shoes and views”)—what others say.  (What does your wife or friend or other ministry leader say about this…)

e.  The ministry of summarizing—sometimes we can summarize what we’ve heard the leader say succinctly in a way that clarifies things for them…leads to better discovery insights and makes the next question more obvious for us as a coach. 

III. Remember to Guard Against…

a.  Interrogation—tends to come across as judgmental or harsh.

b.  Manipulation—makes the leader feel like you are forcing them to go a certain direction (yours) rather than helping with self-discovery.

c.  Setup—asking a question where you already know the answer.  Often is an excuse to tell our own stories.

d.  Random—questions that have no purpose or sequence—they don’t help the leader!

Practical Ministry Implications

These skills develop as we are conscious of them and usually follow a progression:

      Ignorant and incompetent…

        Conscious but uncomfortable…

           Comfortable and becoming competent…

               Supernaturally natural!

Action Point:

How are your skills at asking questions developing, especially in light of the progression we noted above?

How can you improve your skills when it comes to asking great questions?

From: “TransforMissional Coaching” Clinic

To download this article, click here  Coaching Tips #5 Going Layers in Your Questions

For more information, contact:

Dr. Tim  Roehl Tim.Roehl@crmleaders.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dr. Steve Ogne Steve.Ogne@crmleaders.org

Coaching Tips #4: Asking Great Questions

Asking Great Questions

 Key Questions as You Establish the “G” of G*R*O*W

  • What progress have you made on your action steps since our last visit?
  • What result would you like to get from our visit today?
  • What would you like to focus on as we visit today?

 What Do Questions Do For the Leader?

  1. The value the leader.
  2. The engage and involve the leader.
  3. The center the discussion on the leader’s world.
  4. They release the leader’s best reflections and insights.

 

What Do Questions Do For the Coach?

  1. They help the coach shut up and listen.
  2. They empower the coach with information.
  3. They take pressure off the coach.
  4. They focus the appointment in a significant direction.

 

The Practice of Asking Great Questions

1.  Great questions are holistic.  Great coaches show that they value the leader personally, not just their contribution to ministry (Remember our “4 C’s—Call, Character, Community of Faith and Culture).  Also, remember the makeup of the leader (DISC) as you coach!  

2. Great questions are easily understood.

3.  Great questions can be answered briefly.

4. Great questions are open-ended and help “paint a picture.”

5. Great questions encourage thought and reflection. “A pregnant pause often gives birth to great insights.”

6. Great questions enable self-disclosure.

7. Great questions do not manipulate or humiliate, but elevate.

 “Good coaching isn’t the art of giving good answers.  It’s the art of asking good questions.” (Bob Logan)

 “It would be easy if any old question would do—BUT IT WON’T.”  (John Whitmore)

 Action Point:

 What insights did you learn about the importance of asking great questions?

 How can you improve your skills when it comes to asking great questions?

 From: “TransforMissional Coaching” Coaching Clinic

To download this coaching tip, click here Coaching Tips #4 Asking Great Questions