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My relationship with my ministry “coach” has helped me recover the sense of support I left behind in my move from Georgia to Virginia.  In many ways it has provided an opportunity for vocational growth that I have not found since leaving seminary.  Our monthly conversations have encouraged me to take action toward the pursuit of personal and professional goals.  They have provided me with emotional support to endure tough episodes with difficult people.  On numerous occasions our conversations helped me work through ministry dilemmas I had not previously encountered.  The coach never judges my decisions or actions, but instead allows me to be the kind of minister for which God seems to be preparing me.  ”
Andrea Dellinger Jones, Minister of Christian Formation & Children
Chestnut Grove Baptist Church Earlysville, VA

Performance training for clergy – the Center guides ministers through strategic and goal-setting exercises to achieve better results in both personal and professional environments.

Whether a minister is hoping to increase effectiveness inside the church or enhance quality of life beyond congregational duties, coaching is a remarkable tool for helping bridge the gap between aspiration and reality. By cultivating and boosting a minister’s existing skills, resources, and creativity in a safe and challenging environment, coaching is the perfect way to explore a variety of professional and personal possibilities as well as articulate new goals.

The Center offers a personalized approach to coaching with programs designed around each minister’s individual needs and intentions. By helping ministers become more strategically focused while also energizing their sense of purpose and satisfaction, coaching provides significant benefits to congregations. Happier and more focused ministers are better able to serve congregations for long, productive tenures.

Most coaching takes place with a carefully matched professional coach in 2-4 telephone meetings per month. Coaches are also available to clients via email. For a cost-effective way to support your minister, coaching is one of the most direct and valuable services of the Center.