Good Coaching Questions

Here are some good questions to ask yourself – or someone you are coaching…

  • What “wins” have you had recently?
  • So – what’s next?
  • Where do you think you should go from here?
  • What do you think is your best option?
  • What would you like to see happen?
  • Tell me about your options?
  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • Which path will you choose?
  • If you were to evaluate your effectiveness, what would you measure?
  • What resources will you need to accomplish your goals?
  • What’s working?
  • What’s not working?
  • What are you learning?
  • Who can help you with this?
  • Is there any area of your life where you sense God is wanting you to grow?
  • Where do you need help?
  • What ideas have you had?
  • What really satisfies and fulfills you?
  • What energizes you?
  • What drains your energy?
  • What do you want to be remembered for?
  • What’s one thing you’d like to change about yourself?
  • What’s really important?
  • What frustrates you?
  • What obstacles are you facing?
  • What’s next?
  • Given your priorities, what needs to be addressed?
  • Where do you need to focus?
  • What do you need?
  • What are you willing to endure to see your vision become a reality?

I’m working hard to be a better coach. These questions seem to be helpful in focusing our coaching sessions. For more on the power of coaching, see Coaching 101by Robert E. Logan and Sherilyn Carlton, Church Smart Resources, 2003.


Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer and strategist – and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. His training skills have been used to mobilize church planters, pastors and ministry leaders across the country and around the world. Missional Challenge partners together with churches, networks and denominations to advance disciplemaking movements globally.With 25+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches. He created The Multiplication Cycle™ to assist church planters to start churches by making disciples. He has trained and coached hundreds of coaches and church planters across the United States and internationally.Dave has been coaching pastors and church planters for more than ten years. His experience in church multiplication led to his doctorate in transformational leadership at Bakke Graduate University. He also received a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary and graduated from Biola University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
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