Qualifications and Responsibilities of a Coach


Small group coaches play a critical role in the life of McLean Bible Church and have far-reaching influence not only in the lives of small group leaders but also their group members. We expect our coaches to exhibit the following qualities:

Faithful – Pursuing Personal Spiritual Growth
A coach must strive for an active and vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ. A coach must be devoted to the daily disciplines of personal study of the Word and prayer. A coach must strive to live a life of integrity that is above reproach and that avoids the appearance of evil.

Available and Committed
A coach must have the available time and energy to foster an environment that inspires group members to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

Initiative—Intentionally Inspiring Discipleship
A coach must take initiative in connecting with and seeking out opportunities to disciple leaders. A coach must be committed to the Biblical principles of conflict resolution.

A coach must regularly attend McLean Bible Church. A coach must embrace the doctrine and core values of McLean Bible Church. A coach must humbly accept the authority of the leadership of McLean Bible Church, including the staff and the elders. A coach must actively seek and engage in proper accountability with other believers.

Honest and Authentic
A coach must be honest with himself or herself by courageously facing the truth and, through the grace of God, intercepting potential flaws or temptations that might destroy a leader’s integrity and ministry.

In addition, a coach must exhibit the following additional qualifications:

  • Experience in group life as a leader or active group member for at least 18 months.
  • Commitment to the coaching ministry as the highest ministry priority.
  • Agreement to be bound by the Coaching Covenant of Expectations while serving in the coaching ministry.


Small group coaching is one of the most important roles in the spiritual health and vitality of the McLean Bible Church communities. Therefore, the qualifications for becoming a small group coach are continuing in nature; a coach must continue to exhibit the qualifications during the course of his or her time in leadership. In general, small group coaches:

  • Grow. A coach encourages and helps leaders cultivate the disciplines of Bible study, prayer, and accountability to increase understanding of the Word and a vital relationship with God. A coach is committed to the principles of Small Groups discipleship. A coach consistently and creatively casts vision and instills in group leaders the core values of McLean Bible Church. A coach commits himself or herself to continuous growth in leadership skills by attending leadership trainings and required leadership meetings.
  • Connect. Through a monthly meeting and connection one-on-one or in groups, a coach invests in three or four group leaders to inspire them to become fully devoted small group leaders. A coach occasionally visits groups to cast vision, encourage leaders and members, and provide feedback to leaders. A coach maintains connection with, responsiveness to, and accountability with a senior coach or staff person.
  • Serve. A coach aids group members in discovering, developing, and employing their spiritual gifts. A coach may interview and approve potential apprentices in the group. A coach is the primary “problem solver” for issues arising in the group. A coach equips one or more group leaders to step into small group coaching.
  • Share. A coach equips and challenges group leaders to be able to share their testimony and the Gospel Message with others. A coach cultivates in group leaders a heart for unbelievers.
  • Expand the Ministry. A coach is committed to expand the ministry by recruiting an apprentice coach and training future coaches. A coach is committed to finishing well by phasing out of coaching and recruiting a replacement.