My book Coaching 101 lays out the basic structure of a coaching relationship. It assumes a formalized coaching relationship with a beginning, a middle, and an end. However, you can also use coaching in your ministry in less formal ways– just as a way of relating and interacting. Think of it as a “coaching moment” instead of a “coaching relationship.”
For example, take the time to listen to a ministry colleague when they’re facing an obstacle. When one of your volunteers comes to you with a problem, ask a question rather than providing a solution. In essence– act like a coach in your day-to-day life and ministry.
You can use coaching skills quite effectively in normal day-to-day interactions. It’s less structured and more spontaneous… but still makes a significant difference. Try it for a week and see how it goes.