Scholarships Available for Online Clergy Coach Training

Date Posted: 8/14/2014

Rev. John Black, First UMC, Angleton and Rev. Fred Willis, First UMC, Jasper are pursuing certification as coaches, and quick to encourage others to do the same via the upcoming online course. The Clergy Lifelong Learning office at the General Board of Higher Education is accepting applications through this week for continuing education that results in International Coach Federation (ICF) Coaching Certification. This new program focuses on the development of coaching skills for effective congregational and clergy leadership and will consist of 16 clergy (i.e., elders, deacons, and licensed local pastors with more than five years of fulltime ministerial experience.)
“I can say that my ministry, how I work with my staff, and most importantly how I work with my leadership and volunteers has greatly improved because of my training as a coach,” Fred shares. “Coaching has caused me to think differently about my role as a pastor and to empower others through simply asking questions and allowing them to find their own answers. John and I have learned under the teaching of Val Hastings and agree that he really is amazing.”
GBHEM expects credentialed leaders to serve the church in the role of credentialed coaches. The total cost of the program is $2500, however participants will be responsible for paying $1700 of the tuition and GBHEM will provide a scholarship of $800 per participant. To submit a program application, contact the Clergy Lifelong Learning office at