The Synod is currently training 19 certified coaches to support our strategic priority of coaching being available for pastoral leaders and congregations as a means of attracting, supporting and retaining great leaders in the Synod. The training is certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), meaning participants who complete the four segments as well as 100 hours of coaching, will be eligible to apply to the ICF for official certification as a coach.
Why coaching? Many church leaders have found it helpful to work with someone on what they want and how to get there. Coaching is about asking good and helpful questions that help us listen to ourselves, become more effective, authentic or resilient as leaders and focus on that which gives us life.
How can I find a coach? A list of all coaches in training has been sent to presbytery executives and stated clerks. Each coach in training has agreed to set aside 3-5 hours for people in the Synod at a significantly reduced rate. If you would like assistance finding a coach to match your situation, please contact Deb DeMeester at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is information submitted by the coaches in training for prospective clients to review in deciding who to contact as a possible coach: Coaches who are available