Here’s something I’ve learned:  When you’re doing coach training, don’t try to train them in an application area (e.g. coaching for church planting, coaching for discipling) at the same time you’re training them in basic coaching skills. If you try to have people learn the content area at the same time as the coaching skills, what sticks is the content area. They get the content, but not the coaching abilities.

It’s much better to first learn good coaching, and then learn how to apply it to a particular ministry area. When we rush ahead to meet the felt need before laying the groundwork, we sabotage ourselves. Walk before you run.