Coaching for Clergy and Congregations



Coaching can be a cost-effective way to work with individual clergy and church leadership team.  Typically these are done by phone or by video conferencing.   Some prep work is done between meetings with the coach.   

Coaching for clergy, open-ended:  Coaching assumes the individuals have the answers that fit themselves and their own circumstances that can be unlocked by untangling thoughts and emotions, charting small steps through big projects, unblocking limiting beliefs, and creating accountability that increases focus.   This can be helpful in strengthening leadership, addressing challenges, fulfilling dreams, fostering self-care, and making transitions.  

Coaching for clergy, content-rich:  Coaching is a useful approach for exploring new information, applying it to your situation, and implementing the action steps needed to fulfill the vision.  The coachee decides the content.  Examples include making new connections to the wider community,  preaching, stewardship, changing Faith Formation, deciding whether your congregation is ready for revitalization. 

Coaching for a lay team, content-rich:  Coaching can be done for groups,  typically working in tandem with their pastoral leadership.   Sometimes work begins by coaching through a church evaluation report,  a book that challenges "how things are done around here, or a "crisis" such as a conflict, recognition of a financial challenge, a move to a part time pastor. 


Additional Services

Workshops and All Church Gatherings:   

     These are on-site gatherings planned in the coaching process, advertised and supported by the lay people, and led by the outside facilitator.   These are useful to teach new skills, discern vision, provide dialogue space for major decision making among other things.  Because of travel expenses, these tend to be more expensive than coaching. 

Spiritually Based Life Coaching

     This kind of coaching is focused on an individual's challenges, dreams, and life transitions.   The direction is set by the client's needs and questions.  The coach can offer some tools to open up the possibilities if that is desired.   Then, the coach brings the tools of deep listening, powerful questions, possibility thinking, chunking big tasks into small steps, uncovering limiting stories and beliefs,  and walks with the client to find a new tomorrow.  The client does not need to be a church member or a Christian believer to find this a useful process.