One of the most impactful things that helped me grow as a leader has been coaching networks. I’ve been involved in a couple of them, specifically for pastors, and they have been great. I think every ministry leader should have the opportunity to be in a group like that. However, there are a few problems.
However, there are a few problems.
Coaching Network Challenges
There are challenges when it comes to coaching networks for ministry leaders. Here are a few:
- There aren’t many. These are very common the business world, but not so much in ministry world. Of the coaching networks that do exist, most are targeted to Lead and Executive Pastors. Both coaching networks I participated in were that way and I was the only family ministry staff person.
- They’re expensive. The last network I was in was $2000 for 9 months. That’s expensive. Cost is a barrier to most ministry leaders.
- They’re instructional more than collaborative. I don’t think instructional is wrong. The first network I was in had that format and it was great. However, the last network I was in had a collaborative format used in Mastermind Groups. That was a much better experience, especially for people who have been leading for more than a few years.
If you’ve heard of them, then it probably doesn’t sound weird.
Otherwise, the name might be misleading. I don’t know about you, but when I first heard of Mastermind groups I couldn’t help but picture this guy.
A Mastermind Group is a collection of people who gather together regularly to learn from each other, encourage each other, and help each other improve. The Mastermind format centers around using 3 key questions that everyone gets to answer:
- What is going well in your ministry?
- What challenge are you facing that you would like input from the group on?
- What resource can you share that would be helpful to the group?
Most groups gather once/month on site or via video call and talk through those questions. In addition to the questions, there is a specific discussion around a book, article, or something the group is learning from together.
Interested in Some Pilot Mastermind Groups?
I’m hoping to pilot some Mastermind groups for family ministry leaders. Picture a group for children’s pastors, a group for youth pastors, and a group for family pastors. If you’re interested, click the link below to sign up for more information.
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