of the AGWM-ED Spiritual Leadership Training Process
Roles and Responsibilities
Need/Vision/Purposes/Goals of the AGWM-ED Spiritual Leadership Training
AGWM missionaries and national
leaders are influencers; that's leadership. The leadership challenges and
opportunities field missionaries experience is a daily occurrence.
They include such varied tasks as:
Discipleship and mentoring
of national church leaders
Coordination and oversight
of varied tasks
Building and providing
vision, focus and direction to staff team and/or national leaders and
Spiritual leadership is a
necessary skill set in the preparation of pastors and missionaries.
To provide a coached learning
process for missionaries and national leaders to gain insight and skills in
spiritual leadership within the unique context of missions work.
To equip missionaries and
national leaders with knowledge, insight and application skills for a fuller
perspective in how to be an even more effective spiritual leader.
To provide a process for that
equipping through the vehicle of the web site, SpiritualLead.com
To enhance and increase the
effectiveness of roles, duties, and responsibilities presented to the field
missionary in establishing, responding to and furthering programs and
processes to reach the world for Christ.
To influence, inspire and
motivate others to be more effective spiritual leaders by the modeling of a
disciplined and humble exercise of leadership skills and insights.
Roles and Responsibilities
Spiritual Leadership Coach
A full measure of patience
-- The quality that most exemplifies the spiritual leadership
training coach is patience. The SL Coach is not a teacher, though much
will be learned. The SL Learner has already read the material and
filled out the homework questions. There is no point telling the SL
Learner things they already know. Instead, the SL Coach patiently probes to find
those areas of learning needing further development, to explore new ways of seeing an already
grasped concept or to enlarge the Learner's view of the topic of study.
A sensitive listener
-- A key role of the coach is to listen to meanings behind expressed
messages. While the ability to ask open-ended questions is key, the
SL Coach must have a sensitive ear and heart to be able to probe behind the
surface for a deeper understanding of how the SL Learner is absorbing and
incorporating the training.
The ability to be
other-centered -- This training process is about the SL Learner.
The SL Coach exists to serve the SL Learner, to discern and meet their
needs, to assure the SL Learner has learned.
An open ended question
asker -- The SL Coach's role and coach's most effective tool for
training is simply being able to ask probing open-ended questions.
"How did...?, what are....?, how would you...?", are some examples of the
kind of questions possessing great power to reach into the mind of the SL
An encourager --
As Barnabas was to Paul, the SL Coach is a person with greater knowledge and
insight, for the time, who comes alongside to exhort, challenge, spur and
motivate the SL Learner to grasp concepts and applications.
Experience -- It is foundational the SL Coach have experience in
cross-cultural ministry. This speaks to context. A coach must be
able to empathize and place the leadership principles and practices into the
frame of the missionary or national leader. This is essential as much
for building credibility with the SL Learner as it is making the theory into
Personal Study in
Missiology -- The Assemblies of God model of foreign missions has
been built and reinforced by successful results through decades of
application. An effective SL Coach needs to understand and appreciate
that model in order to put the principles of spiritual leadership to work
within the context of AGWM. This speaks to practical and relevant
Experience in leading
ministry teams -- In many cases you do have to have been
there to know that. A SL Coach is not a professor or necessarily an
expert in and of the field of spiritual leadership. But to have had
the challenges and victories in working through leadership issues with a
spiritual base provides rich examples and promotes confidence and trust in
the coach. This speaks to credibility.
Formalized training in
leading ministries -- An effective SL Coach is one who can move the
training topic discussion beyond just personal experiences. An
effective and rich training experience is one that reinforces personal
experience with knowledge and understanding of the spiritual leadership
topic. This speaks to content.
Experience in conducting
spiritual leadership training -- To have an experienced practitioner
as a SL Coach is important to the SL Leaner. We want the SL Learner to
know they are receiving an investment from skilled, experienced people who
have already demonstrated a passion and a talent for spiritual leadership
training. This speaks to depth and treasuring the investment.
the SL Coach in Conducting a Coaching Session
1. Approved for AGWM-ER
spiritual leadership coaching.
2. Assigned a SL Learner.
3. Assigned a topic for SL
Learner or SL Learner selects the topic.
4. Contacts the SL Learner
to establish a personal relationship.
5. Sets a mutually
convenient time to have the first session. (Most training modules have
3-4 sessions to cover the topic.)
6. Reviews the next steps.
Both SL Coach and SL Learner
read the appropriate portion of the article. (The trainer is
encouraged to have read the entire module before training begins.)
SL Learner fills out
HomeWorkBook worksheet while reading the appropriate section of the
Reviews the Questions for
Reflection in the article.
7. If this is the second
or third session, reviews notes from the previous meeting.
8. Conducts the training
conversation with the SL Learner, taking notes on points the SL Learner
grasps well and areas needing more follow-up.
Missionary/National Leader Spiritual Leadership Learner
Teachable spirit -- To be a disciple of spiritual leadership
training requires an open and eager attitude to grow, stretch, strain and
even struggle in order to gain the most from what a spiritual leadership
coach has to offer.
driven -- If God has called
a missionary or national church leader to the ministry then there comes with
that call the awesome awareness that lives will be impacted by the quality
of their leadership influence. Spiritual leaders and spiritual
leadership learners must have an unquenchable appetite for growth.
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