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Kwai Wah Ko

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The purpose of this paper is to devise a strategy of coaching for raising and multiplying the number of disciple-making small group leaders at North York Chinese Baptist Church. The method for achieving this is to apply coaching as a means of equipping for spiritual formation and life transformation. It is a relationship-based process of coming alongside a person or team to draw out God’s best in them by enhancing their awareness of improving self performance, taking intentional action for life change, and moving forward to accomplish God-given assignments. The coaches are committed to develop small group leaders into disciple-making disciples.

This study is divided into three major sections. The first part provides an analysis of the barriers to making disciples that results in church growth at NYCBC. The cultural challenges in disciple-making in the church will also be identified. The second part looks closely at the theological and biblical foundations for disciple-making and its process. A theology of coaching in developing disciple-making leaders will be included in this section. Part Three will set forth strategic approaches for the practice of coaching to develop disciple-making leaders in the context of small group ministry. Those approaches include: identifying essential components of strategic coaching, understanding the roles of church leadership in coaching, developing a roadmap, and dealing with different phases in the practice of coaching.

In order to build healthy small groups as the heart of a people ministry platform at North York Chinese Baptist Church, this paper will focus on developing personal coaching for empowering the small group leaders as disciple-makers who are committed to making disciples in their small groups. The goal is to make every small group leader into a knowing-, being-, and doing-disciple.

Theological mentor: Kurt Fredrickson, PhD

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Fredrickson, Kurt

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Spiritual formation; Discipling (Christianity); Small groups; Church work with immigrants; Church growth


Missions and World Christianity


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