Becoming A Coach

We LOVE our coaches! We intentionally invest in their growth and are careful to gather women who are seasoned in ministry, wise in their walk, and cultivating a love for Jesus (and ministry wives) in their everyday life. If, after looking over our process, taking it to the Lord, and talking it over with your spouse, you are interested in hearing more about our Coach’s Pipeline, please contact Coletta Smith at coletta@alongsideministrywives.com and we’ll set up a time to chat.

Because we value creating a culture of …

  • vulnerability, where we will not be judged
  • humility, where we can authentically wrestle with our next steps
  • God-focus, where we continually point to what God is doing in the midst of joy and hardship
  • wisdom, where we can become women who walk with grace and discernment
  • running well, where we are encouraged to seize the Kingdom opportunities that come with this calling

we will be intentional about Discovering, Developing, and Deploying coaches by…

Discovering – through cohorts, outside relationships, and our individual initiative (by our Leadership Team, primarily through shoulder-tapping)
Developing – through our Coaching Pipeline process
Deploying – at the discretion of our Leadership Team

Becoming A Coach

SEMESTER 1

  1. Participate in a Cohort
    Why? When we lead, we create culture. We want all of our coaches to share the same DNA, to use similar language and to encourage the same heartbeat. When we lead, we determine:

    • whether someone feels safe or judged,
    • whether the conversation is focused on where God is moving or disintegrates into whining and focusing on the negative
    • whether someone is challenged to dig deeper and press in or continue putting up pretenses of having it figured out
  2. Meet with the Alongside Director
    Why? Coaches don’t just share information, they share their experiences and the lessons they have learned from them. We want to get to know you a bit and hear about the lessons that you’ve learned.

SEMESTER 2

  1. Coach Training – online video curriculum (about 3 hours), Coach’s Calls (quarterly), outside reading, yearly multi-day retreat (TBA)
    Why? We want our coaches and cohorts to have the best experience possible, everytime. We want our coaches to:

    • skillfully practice layered questioning to get at the heart of the issue
    • employ both encouragement and truthtelling in every conversation
    • carefully choose which nuggets of wisdom to share
  2. Co-Coach with a veteran Alongside Coach – Assist in leading a cohort, meet with co-coach for prayer and becoming better acquainted with content (about 7 hours/semester)
    Why? We believe in mentoring, the process of passing along skills and wisdom. We also believe that we are all in need of being on the pouring and the absorbing end of these relationships. Assistant Coaches can expect to

    • take on pieces of leading the conversation
    • receive coaching re: formation/layering of questions, Zoom management, communication management
    • learn to manage the details (reminder emails, setting up zoom calls, follow up emails, 1:1 signups)
  3. Meet 1:1 with Cohort participants – meet with half of the participants one-on-one, connect with them beforehand to get their questions/issues they’d like to talk about in their 1:1, use the Call To Coach questions to help guide the 1:1 time (see Call To Coach Training module)

Please fill out the form if you are interested to become a coach