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In Perspective
It has been said that pastors sometimes feel like lone rangers.  As a young minister in an isolated setting, I find this to be particularly true. Therefore, I cannot express how important the coaching relationship has been for me.   I have found unique value in the coaching relationship. Put frankly, it’s nice to have a relationship focused on my goals for ministry and growth.  Neither groups, built on reciprocity nor educational enterprises operating in generalities, can offer the focused, personal attention that a coaching relationship can.  ”
Brian Harfst

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