Coaching

I believe that ministers are healthiest and most able to live into their leadership potential and their call when they have:

  • a conversation partner who encourages and gently challenges and
  • dedicated space for the vulnerability and reflection that is needed for making changes but is often hard to come by elsewhere.

Those two things are what I offer in a coaching relationship.

Here are some of the results that my coachees have achieved:

Quote from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Photo taken at the Huntsville Botanical Garden on July 29, 2014.
Quote from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Photo taken at the Huntsville Botanical Garden on July 29, 2014.
  • Resolved a congregational conflict with intentionality, integrity, and care for all involved.
  • Led the church through a discernment process around vision (including whether or not to launch a capital campaign) and the design of new ministries that drew upon the strengths of the congregation and met needs in the neighborhood.
  • Secured a new call, leaving the prior church in good shape for the transition time and starting the new position with a plan for establishing priorities and building relationships.
  • Established a new worshiping community with the lay leadership and infrastructure needed for long-term success.
  • Created a self-care strategy that better balanced vocation and personal life in order to be more present to church and to family.
  • Equipped and empowered laity to take on more leadership roles, thereby setting the congregation up to make the shift to a bigger church size.
  • Designed a plan for having hard but necessary congregational conversations so that trust was rebuilt and the focus could shift to the collective mission.
  • Identified an authentic leadership style and ways to become a more effective minister by leaning into it.

Here’s what coaching looks like: I ask open-ended questions to allow the person being coached to clarify a goal; explore options, resources, and obstacles; and design action items. When needed, I encourage coachees to name ways of holding themselves accountable to the strategies they create.

Coaching sessions typically last one hour each and take place by conference call, Skype, or Google Hangout. Six- and ten-session coaching packages are available, with sessions spaced one week to one month apart. Click here for pre-outlined, customizable packages and here for a la carte coaching services.

The hourly fee scale is as follows:

  • Base rate = $125.
  • Members and alumnae of Young Clergy Women International = $75.
  • Seminary students, seminary graduates awaiting first call, and ministers between calls = $35.

Click here to schedule a free 45-minute call. We’ll talk about the outcomes you seek and the ways coaching can help you obtain them.

 

 

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