Specialized Training Will Foster Successful "Coaching Culture"

Date Posted: 3/28/2013

Your church called. They want you to take coach training.

With the landscape of ministry shifting rapidly, lay and clergy leaders often feel frustrated and ill-equipped to influence, inspire and empower others in the ministry. Multi-tasking mania dominates the day, as leaders are expected to do more with less – and within outdated models where the culture shuts down ideas before they can get off the ground.


Good News!

Ordained and non-ordained leaders can attend the upcoming Professional Coach Training held at FUMC Pasadena from April 22-25 from 8 am-5 pm each day. Led by Coaching4Clergy faculty and approved by the International Coach Federation, this hands-on 4-day seminar teaches core coaching competencies such as Deep Listening, Powerful Questioning, Common Coaching Scenarios, and how to get started in a way that can be implemented immediately.


 “This training is designed to help leaders identify their hidden potential and develop others to be more effective in ministry,” says Phyllis Riney, a faculty member of Coaching4Clergy and certified coach who consults with churches throughout the Texas Annual Conference on behalf of the Vibrant Church Initiative (VCI).


Honestly, I am spending the time and money on this training because it is an exciting area of ministry that I feel very connected to,” says Pastor Fred Willis of FUMC Jasper. “I cannot help but think to myself how much more successful would I have been in certain moments if I had a constant coach beside me, instead of only an occasional coach from the sidelines.” 


He explains that “coaching is a different style of ministry because you do not tell someone what to do; instead you help them discover new paths, new ideas, or sometimes to face what they already know, and it all occurs by building a relationship and developing trust over time.”

Rev. John Stephenson is excited to host the seminar at FUMC Pasadena. “Over the last couple of years,” he says, “I have had the privilege of working with coaches. In that experience, I have received invaluable support and encouragement to embrace my own leadership. This has also helped me through a number of perplexing situations that I simply did not know how to handle. During this April seminar, I am hoping to learn how to offer this support to others.” 


“Many churches are recognizing the success that springs from a coaching culture,” adds Phyllis. “A coaching environment changes the dynamic and mindset of how people relate to each other and gives leaders a new way to bring out the potential in others. “


As frustration in the church world approaches at an all-time high, this nuts-and-bolts training will teach techniques to keep ministries moving forward through unified teamwork.


Personalized training with accredited experts will include peer discussions and materials ($249 fee) such as books and audios from some of the nation’s most prominent leaders. “Participants will learn how to jump start meetings, eliminate false assumptions, how coaching is different from mentoring or therapy, and how to unlock hidden potential with the Coach-Approach,” she adds.


Notes Rev. Willis, “Pastors, especially the really passionate ones, are so close and invested in what they are doing that it helps to have someone who will stand beside them and be a sounding board without criticism or judgment.  After having done a lot of this for churches over the past few years, I can see how this style of ministry will become essential to the future of our ministries in the UMC and beyond.” 


He has learned that ‘being a coach means being a part of someone else becoming stronger in their ministry, be it a clergy, a ministry team, a congregation -- not about when someone is failing, but when they are striving to succeed. “ 


Coaching Offers New Hope and Horizons

“I find a great sense of reward in helping another clergy or a congregation find their direction,” he shares, “and become stronger than they were, to discover passions in ministry they may have never thought of before. I believe in the future, all clergy and laity who invest themselves in coach training will benefit from a coaching relationship. I know I have and will,” Rev. Willis adds. 


FUMC Pasadena, at 281-487-8787, is located at 1062 Fairmont Parkway, 77504.  Participants that register at www.coaching4clergy.com by April 8 will save $300 off the late registration fee of $1,799. Questions can be addressed to customerservice@coaching4clergy.com. For more information from a past participant, contact Phyllis.riney@coaching4clergy.com.