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In Perspective
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

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