"Progress not Perfection" A saying I picked up from the recovery community, seems to resonate with my small group coaches (leaders who disciple, encourage and develop small group leaders). It seems we have been walking a fine line between expectations and reality. We recently came up with a list of expectations for small group coaches and leaders. In an ideal, textbook world, these expectations would be accomplished every month and my small group leaders and coaches would be PERFECT. Guess what, myself included, perfection is a rare perhaps non-existent commodity (unless you are Jesus). So recently, in a heart to heart meeting with a few small group coaches, we agreed that it is the end game that counts....how you get there is flexible.
This "end game" idea seems to be helping small group coaches stay on the team, join the team and feel successful in using their gifts for the kingdom. Cause truth be told, I am recruiting "A" players at the coaching level. And guess what? "A" players are used to winning and they want to keep winning. If they feel they can't check off the list of expectations every time, every month, they don't want to let anyone down, and they don't want to play. So this is where the idea of the end game was generated...it's not so much about how we get there....as long as we are accomplishing the end game.
What's the end game of small group coaching you ask? Small group leaders who feel recognized, encouraged, listened to, prayed for discipled and CHALLENGED.
Progress towards that end game....that's a WIN for us.