Last night we hosted a 'coaches training dinner' at our house. Coaches are adult volunteers who serve our ministry by keeping in touch with our jr. high small group leaders. They pray for them, encourage them, take them to lunch, hold them accountable, fill in for them when needed, etc.
We have 8 women coaches and 1 guy coach. We are having a really hard time getting the men in our ministry to catch the coaching vision, and the one guy we do have shared how tough it was for him last year. The male small group leaders don't seem to respond to the coach the way females do. They hesitate to share struggles, they don't reach out for help and they put on the face of 'I've got it all together'.
Question for those who lead youth ministries: How do you minister to your male leaders? Do you have a specific guy strategy? What success have you had motivating them to take the next step in their ministry to students?