After the completion of the workshop, you will need to obtain the PLACE Profile of the participant you will be coaching. For various reasons the participant may not have completed the profile. If this is the case, please help him/her complete it.
Ask God for wisdom in guiding the participant to their PLACE. It will be important that you start praying in advance for those you are scheduled to coach. Believe God will give you wisdom and guidance to help those you coach find their ministry.
Prior to coaching it will be necessary to have completed the PLACE participant’s material.
It will be beneficial for you to have been a participant at a workshop and go through a connection session as a participant.
Each Connection Coach should have observed two connection sessions before conducting his/ her own. In the situation where it is the church’s first time to conduct a connection session, this would not be possible. If beginning the process consider having potential Connection Coaches practice on each other.
PLACE Ministries has two other resources that can be used in connection session training. First, a video of an unrehearsed connection session with a new church member along with an evaluation by other Connection Coaches after the connection session. Also, a participant discussion guide is an excellent resource for Connection Coaches to use in training.
Be familiar with your church’s ministries, but remember the participant may not be excited about any current ministries. Your church may or may not have a ministry guide, which lists ministries of the church.
Review, know and believe in the church’s philosophy and structure of ministry, along with the purpose statement.
Prior to the workshop, it would be helpful if you would submit times you are available for 30 days after the workshop has been completed. We recommend each Connection Coach to schedule no more than four appointments over a 30-day period and suggest no more than one a week.
Part of the PLACE process is to help members engage and not experience the all-too-common experience of burnout. If Connection Coaches are over-committed there is a great potential they will encounter burnout.
After the workshop is completed each Connection Coach may receive a copy of the master connection session schedule with the name and phone number of those each will be consulting. It would be helpful if you confirm your appointment one or two days prior to the connection session.
When confirming a participant’s appointment remind them to bring their PLACE workbook and profile.
Several days prior to each of your connection sessions you may receive a telephone call, postcard, or e-mail from the PLACE Administrator reminding you of your appointment.
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