You’ve heard teachers tell their students, “There’s no such thing as a stupid question.” That might be true for students—students might get a pass—but it’s definitely not true for coaches. Here are a few of my favorite stupid question categories. Whenever these types of questions enter my mind I have to stop and reframe them.

• The leading question: Do you want your staff to function as a hierarchy or as a team?

• The either/or question: Will you be group-focused or outreach-focused?

• The dead-end question: Why do you keep having this same argument?

• The theoretical question: What do you believe about church discipline?

• The gossipy question: What do you think about what so-and-so is doing?

What are some of your favorite stupid questions? How do you avoid asking them?