The value of  coaching is realized as the coach listens and asks good questions.  As coaches listen to understand, they help people see the progress they are making toward achieving goals, finding solutions, and clarifying their thinking. Through listening and asking questions, coaches also provide affirmation, encouragement, and accountability toward achievable goals.

There are many applications of coaching in ministry. Sessions may be one-on-one  or in a group setting, in-person or over the telephone, or by mail, via Skype, or so on. It may include supervised practice such as in shadow coaching, and often in team or organizational coaching.