Celebration: I have leveled up!

Last week I received word that my application for the next level of coaching credential was approved by the International Coach Federation. Formerly an Associate Certified Coach, I am now a Professional Certified Coach. Logistically, this means I have more than 125 coach training hours and 500+ coaching hours, have been mentored by my own coach for no fewer than 10 hours since my ACC credential was awarded, have passed a Coach Knowledge Assessment, and have demonstrated PCC-level coaching (assessed according to increasingly rigorous standards) in two recorded coaching sessions. In a bigger sense, though, this designation means that I have committed myself to a higher standard of coaching and to continual growth as a coach.

I would like to thank:

my first coach, Melissa Clodfelter, who showed me what a difference coaching could make,

the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for inviting me to consider becoming a coach and then getting me started down that path,

all of my coach trainers over the years,

my mentor coaches in the process of attaining the Certified Christian Leadership Coach and ACC designations (Eddie Hammett, Brian Miller, and Bill Copper),

my mentor coach who got me ready to apply for the PCC credential, Janice Lee Fitzgerald,

and my family and friends who have encouraged me over the past 6.5 years of growing into this joy-filled ministry niche.

Above all, though, I am grateful to every person who has trusted me as a coach. I am excited to go to my office each day to find out about the good you are doing and to work with you on increasing the impact of your faithfulness, giftedness, wisdom, and experience. What a privilege!

Here’s to many more years of our journey together.

Big news!

Creative Commons "News News News 98/365" by Dennis Skley is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
Creative Commons “News News News 98/365” by Dennis Skley is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

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.