I really enjoy coaching calls focused on helping clients navigate the search & call process. I love journeying with ministers as they first wade into the waters of possibility, serving as a conversation partner as they fill out profiles, talk with potential matches, go for on-site interviews, discern responses to churches that make offers, and advocate for salary packages that will allow them to concentrate on the work at hand rather than on making ends meet. My goal is to help these clients become clear about what makes a good fit, claim and boldly share their gifts with search committees, and ask for what they need to start well in a new position. I look to shift the tenor of search & call from anxiety to possibility and empowerment.
Here are a few of the areas that I’ve found coaching can assist a client in vocational transition:
- Discerning the kind(s) of position that would best suit a minister’s passions, skills, and call and ways to find those positions
- Practicing responses to anticipated interview questions
- Learning how to acknowledge one’s own “growing edges” while raising a call committee’s awareness of the positive aspects of those edges
- Naming transferable skills in order to show readiness for a different type of position
- Seeking out professional development opportunities when needed to gain skills and experience for a different type of position
- Lowering anxiety during the search & call process and coming up with a self-care plan
- Negotiating a salary package
- Leaving a current position gracefully
- Using the bridge time between calls well
- Prioritizing first tasks in a new position and identifying resources for accomplishing those tasks
Going though search & call is a great time to have an encourager and a thought partner in your corner. If you’re contemplating a move, I invite you to contact me. I’d love to ask you the kinds of questions that will facilitate a good match and a fast start.