We’re providing step-by-step instructions here on how to move from an individually focused development function to a corporate process. Along the way you’ll notice that we weave together elements of individual and corporate interaction. In today’s third step, we encounter maybe the most crucial element in the individual coaching process:
After they’ve gone through the process of Searching Scripture and before entering the corporate coaching process, you’ll want to take time to meet with each champion individually to talk through the verses they identified, and how those verses helped them understand God’s performing of that cause/Work of Mercy on them.
This is a time of shared learning for both you and the champion–a comparing of notes. As they share the insights they’ve gleaned from Scripture, you can do the same and “spur one another on towards love and good deeds.”
If their work is incomplete, challenge them to finish it in time for the next group of champions to go through this process. Don’t let them proceed on to the next step of joining the group! In order for this process to be successful, every champion who participates needs to demonstrate their own willingness to grow through the process, and to contribute to the growth of others through being prepared to share hard-won individual insights. Searching the Scriptures is not an easy thing to do, but it is necessary to ensure that champions are growing towards full maturity and committed to helping others grow as well. Don’t let champions short-cut their way into a group in an effort to “get to the good stuff.”
In our next post, we open the door to a major part of that “good stuff,” namely, the first gathering of your champions and the launch of the corporate coaching segment of the process.
Special thanks to .W’s Jesse Medina and Memphis Leadership Foundation’s Larry Lloyd for burning the midnight oil with me to make this mini-series possible!