When a young disciple has discovered Jesus and is planting a new microchurch, they now need a coach weekly. This is maintaining the relationship you’ve already formed while giving space for them to grow and obey Jesus independent of you.
Model, Assist, Watch, Leave (MAWL) is a way to dynamically coach disciples. Similar to Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership, the amount of leadership provided young disciples varies depending on the situation. For example, when a young believer is first introduced to prayer, we as the coach might Model how to pray. But as they grow we move to the Watch phase, only checking in their prayer life periodically.
There are a few things to remember as we get started.
- Self-feeding Disciples are the goal.
- Bible- they can listen to it and obey
- Prayer- they can hear the voice of God and respond
- Body Life- they can have right relationships with other believers
- Suffering- they can persevere through persecution and suffering
- Maturity happens as disciples listen to Jesus and obey.
- Sending is a natural outcome and should be celebrated.
COACHING QUESTIONS (asked weekly)
Feel free to adjust these slightly as each week has different needs.
- Did you accomplish your goals/obey Jesus last month?
- What have been your greatest challenges?
- How did you work to address these challenges?
- What do you believe is working well?
- How have you seen the victory of God this month?
- How can I pray for you?
- What are your highest priorities this month?
- What are your plans for new areas or people?
- How can I serve you this month?
Investing deeply into disciples can require some planning and intentionality. Use this chart to help you know how to coach a young disciple.