In most of our friendships the focus is on simply accepting and enjoying each other as we are. A growth-centered relationship is one that has a strategic purpose: we are in it so we can grow toward maturity in Christ. It’s a friendship with a growth structure: change goals, action steps, progress reports and regular get-togethers.

Coaching uses listening and asking skills to help others grow instead of advice-giving. It’s a completely different way of walking with people. Both types of relationships offer accountability, but the training peer coaches receive in using goals, actio

n steps, progress reports and asking skills provides a strong, flexible structure that makes the peer relationship more effective.