I’m excited to announce that I have been selected to receive a Pastoral Study Project grant from the Louisville Institute. For the next year and a half I will be researching training and tools that will allow search committees to carry out their important work more effectively. My premise is that for congregations to focus on the mission at hand, they need a relatively low level of conflict. Since the root of much conflict is the fit (or lack of) between pastor and parish, search committees need all available resources to locate and call the right leader. Many search committees, however, have little to no training. My focus will be on the helps that coaching, spiritual direction, human resources best practices, narrative therapy, and neuroscience can offer. I will also be mining the insights of search committee chairs (past and present), judicatory leaders, and ministers.
I am excited to begin this work! As the project unfolds, I will continue to welcome new coaching clients, and my current clients will notice little to no effect on available session times. Plus, all coachees will hopefully benefit from my growing understanding in all the aforementioned fields.
If you’d like to know more about my project, please contact me. I’d be happy to share more details.