Our 6 Outcomes: Learning
I’m sure I don’t need to convince you that it’s good to be a learner! But just in case:
Jesus calls us to learn from him
Matt 11:29 – Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
The wisdom of the proverbs encourages us to learn
Proverbs 1:5 – Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance
And Paul encourages to learn from leaders
Philippians 4:9 – What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
But you’re already aware of this. You’re a Circle Coach. No doubt you see learning as important. The intimidating thing is having a responsibility the learning of others. It can make us anxious that we don’t know enough to teach. We may feel like we haven’t studied enough or even feel intimidated that someone in our circle knows more than us, how on Earth to we help that person?
Here’s the good news, we are not being asked to be a teacher passing on knowledge, (though you may have some great insights and wisdom to pass on) we are called to be a coach that helps your circle adopt the mindset of a learner.
No matter how much knowledge we acquire, we are to have the mindset of a learner. So what does a learner look like?
A learner is humble and doesn’t approach the content like they know it all already.
A learner is curious and asks questions, not to be difficult but out of genuine intrigue.
A learner isn’t just looking to acquire information but implement it in their lives.
A learner doesn’t just try to only get knowledge of a subject but seeks to learn about themselves, their strengths, their weaknesses. Also to learn about others and how they can serve them.
So what are some things we can do to help your circle adopt the mindset of a learner?
If someone shares that they didn’t really become aware of anything or learn anything new, ask them how they are outworking the content in their lives! Just because something’s not new information doesn’t mean we can’t apply it in a new more effective way.
If someone is asking questions that you don’t have the answers to, GREAT! We don’t have to answer the questions, send them on a journey of discovery, encourage them to look into it themselves and report back what they learn.
When it comes to people feeding back on their goals from last week, follow up with questions. If they hit the goal, ask what difference that made to their life, if they didn’t achieve it, ask why not? Not to condemn but so that they can LEARN from it. Doing this encourages our circles to reflect which is a form of learning.
Let’s set the example of learning by learning about the people in our circle. What do I mean? Little messages like, how is your week going? How are you getting on with your goal? What can I pray for you? obviously show that we care, but these questions are an opportunity for us to learn about the people under our care too.
As we do all of this, we also learn to become better coaches! It’s a win win!
I’ll leave you with this quote from Caleb Colton (don’t worry, I wasn’t sure who he was either but it’s a great thought to finish on) – He that studies only men, will get the body of knowledge without the soul; and he that studies only books, the soul without the body. He that to what he sees, adds observation, and to what he reads, reflection, is in the right road to knowledge, provided that in scrutinising the hearts of others, he neglects not his own.