Dan McNaughton – Coaching Church Planters

I’m at a Church Planting Roundtable today in Carlisle, PA.  Here are notes from Dan McNaughton’s talk on ‘Coaching Church Planters’.

What coaching is…
Coming alongside someone and helping them succeed.

What coaching is not…

  • Telling someone what to do.
  • Giving advice

Biblical examples of coaching:

  • Barnabas
    • Name means “Son of Encouragement”
    • Acts 4:36-37 – “Giving Resources”
    • Acts 9:27 – He came alongside Paul in Jerusalem
    • Acts 11:25 – He helped Paul in Antioch
    • Acts 12:25 – He brought Mark from Jerusalem

“If you’re looking for a nice neat, safe process, don’t coach people.”


  • Relate
    • Establish coaching relationship and agenda
    • How are you doing?
    • What do you want to address
  • Reflect
    • Discover & explore key issues
    • Where do you want to go?
    • What obstacles are you facing?
  • Refocus
    • Determine priorities and action steps
    • What are some possible ways to get there?
    • What will you do?
  • Resource
    • Provide support and encouragement
    • What resources do you have?
    • What resources are missing?
    • Would you like some accountability around that?
  • Review
    • Evaluate, celebrate & revise plan

“Coaching is about action.”

John Wooden, “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

John Wooden, “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who can never repay you.”

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