Supervision and Coaching: Why Alignment Matters

Supervision and Coaching: Why Alignment Matters

I recently met with Ben Ingebretson, Director of Planting for the United Methodist and Moravian Churches and Author of the recently released PLANT LIKE JESUS: The Church Planters Devotional. I am excited to share his thoughts on the dynamic of supervision and coaching...
Define the What; Release the How

Define the What; Release the How

I ran across a great blog entry recently from Carey Nieuwhof. I highly recommend reading the post by Jenni Catron; you can find it here. One phrase in particular that stood out to me was “Define the What; Release the How.” Define the What; Release the How.  The...
Supervisory questions

Supervisory questions

In the past on this blog, I have recommended doing supervision sessions with your staff people four times a year, with monthly coaching sessions in between those. But what does a good supervisory session look like? What topics should you cover? How should that staff...
The supervision-coaching rhythm

The supervision-coaching rhythm

One of the questions people raise frequently is how you can coach those you also supervise. My observation as I’ve reflected on how people lead is they over-supervise and under-coach. The more you wear the supervisor hat, the more you create the temptation to...

Help your staff members keep growing

I remember many years ago meeting a very sharp assistant pastor. He was young, but came into his role with a great deal of energy and potential. He was functioning well in his current role, so the senior pastor was pleased. However, the senior pastor made an important...

Creating a supervision/coaching rhythm

Part of the challenge within many churches that implement coaching for their staff is that they often don’t have the luxury of separating the coaching and the supervision functions. In many churches the supervisor is the one who is providing the coaching. That...

Confusion as a tool of control

  From time to time, I’ve worked with people who are confused about their role or their responsibilities– about what is expected of them. Sometimes I find I haven’t communicated clearly. I slow down, then they lock in and are with me. Other...