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In Perspective
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

The goal of coaching at the Center for Congregational Health, Inc.® is to help individuals to recognize their strengths and weaknesses, discover their dreams, and set the goals and steps to realize them. Our coaches assist ministers and lay leaders in creating steps and accountabilities to move toward success in their personal and professional lives.

Our philosophy of coaching is that through an on-going, professional relationship, a minister can enhance the skills, resources and creativity he or she already possesses in a safe and challenging environment. Our coaches can help an individual to assess his or her various capacities and bring them to bear in new and creative ways.

Each coaching client is matched to one of the trained coaches made available through the Center. Our coaches listen, observe, and customize their approach to individual client needs. In a coaching relationship, the client maintains the responsibility for creating, pursuing and maintaining the outcomes they seek. Most coaching takes place in hour-long, confidential telephone meetings twice per month.

For a minister coaching is about:
  • Increasing effectiveness
  • Enhancing quality of life
  • Achieving personal and professional goals
  • Bridging the gap between present conditions and desires for the future
  • Clarifying vision
  • Exploring possibilities and determining next steps
For a faith community, coaching is about:
  • Happier, healthier ministers who have more energy to focus on the congregation
  • Ministers who are more strategically focused and are effective at establishing goals and working for results
  • Getting the best of what the minister has to offer
  • A cost effective approach to increasing the capacity of ministers
  • Longer tenure for ministers