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Need/Vision/Purposes/Goals of the AGWM-ED Spiritual Leadership Training Process

Roles and Responsibilities


Need/Vision/Purposes/Goals of the AGWM-ED Spiritual Leadership Training Process


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 pastors.

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,

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

  • Purpose of the Spiritual Leadership Coach -- to facilitate the spiritual leadership learning process of for missionaries and national leaders.

  • Qualities of the 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 Learner.

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.

  • Qualifications to be a Spiritual Leadership Coach

Foreign Missions 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 workable practice.

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 application.

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 Role of a Spiritual Leadership Coach Is:

    • To help the SL Learner process through a training module to discern what they didn't fully comprehend and work it through until they do.

    • To help the SL Learner enlarge his/her view of the topical training module and to promote, provoke and stimulate a personal frame of reference for the topic in the SL Learner's current ministry role.

    • Not to be a mentor or personal life coach.  These roles may evolve out of a coaching relationship but the primary relationship for spiritual leadership training is to assure the SL Learner has incorporated the training concepts into their personal frame of reference.

    • Not to be about preaching or teaching.  While those roles have an important place in discipleship the training materials are designed to be the teacher.  As a coach, the role is to make sure, in whatever manner necessary, that the SL Learner got the concepts and can apply them in their life experiences as a spiritual leader.

Process for 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 article.

  • 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

  • Purpose of the Spiritual Leadership Learner -- To prepare and grow in the skills and insight of spiritual leadership principles and practices in order to be a positive and inspiring influence in the lives of those they touch. .

  • Qualities of the 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.

Hunger 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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