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Many in my congregation will never know the extent to which they have benefited from my coaching conversations.  For instance, my coach’s experience in the area of grief counseling provided me with insights into the stages of the grief process that my church may be experiencing after the loss of their pastor. After a recent coaching conversation, I was able to better explain to the staff and to the deacons the ramifications of a particular decision we needed to make regarding our Christmas Eve Communion, a service that contains various traditions the church may be associating with the former pastor. This kind of assistance serves as only one example of the kind of practical benefits the coaching experience provides both my congregation and 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.