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Why Use a Coach: Accountability

By Catherine Fink / April 23, 2019
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Why Ministry Leaders Use Coaches to Keep Them Accountable and Focused You’re leading a congregation, but you’re also a leader in the Synod.  Or, perhaps you’re called as a pastor, but there’s no congregation to lead, and you’re building it from, what feels like, scratch.  Or maybe you’re in the middle of your first call […]

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Why Use a Coach: Build Vision

By Catherine Fink / April 23, 2019
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Why Churches Use Coaches to Propel Ministry Forward Getting a group of people on the same page is no easy task.  Visionary, mission-oriented meetings are difficult to run, and keeping the main thing the “main thing” can be exhausting, especially if you’re a stakeholder. Because it can be a daunting prospect, congregations involved in development, […]

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Why Use a Coach: Connection

By Catherine Fink / April 15, 2019
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Ever feel disconnected from leaders in the Body of Christ?  Ever feel siloed in your ministry, without a safe place to bounce ideas around?  It’s not like you need advice as much as you just need a safe sounding board, someone to help you hear yourself think. You’re not alone in feeling this way, even […]

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Why Use a Coach: Vitality is Difficult Work!

By Catherine Fink / March 18, 2019
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Changing course in ministry takes time and intention. When a new pastor is called, everyone needs to adjust to the new phase in the church’s life, and this is never easy. Perhaps you’re called as a new pastor in your ministry setting, and you need someone to walk with you. Maybe you’re not officially called […]

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Why Use a Coach: To Navigate Through Church Conflict

By Catherine Fink / March 18, 2019
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All churches have conflict at some time or another, but navigating a path through difficult personalities and competing interests can be tricky. A coach can help you listen to yourself, ask you powerful questions to clarify your instincts, and empower you to work your way through it. Pr. Greg Williams found coaching to do just […]

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Why Use a Coach: Habit Change

By Catherine Fink / March 18, 2019
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We all have professional habits that we’d like to change. Perhaps there’s a spiritual discipline we want to explore but need help finding the time and encouragement. Or maybe you’d like more balance in your ministry work life. A coach can help you discern your desires, make a plan, and keep you accountable. Pr. Ann […]

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Pastor Greg Williams

He listens deeply…

By Catherine Fink / October 16, 2017
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I’ve engaged a coach for a couple of years now. He listens deeply, asks powerful questions, and helps me shape clear and realistic action plans that are a tremendous help in successfully leading the congregation that I serve. —Pastor Greg Williams, Grace, Hendersonville

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Amy Daniels

I am always amazed…

By Rick Godby / October 3, 2017
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I look forward to my coaching time each month.  I am always amazed at the clarity and guidance that this hour gives to my ministry.  God’s Spirit permeates the space and God gives clarity and wisdom and guidance to me through the process.  Having this time set apart guarantees that I spend some time re-centering […]

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Pastor Angela Powell

With boldness and courage…

By Rick Godby / October 2, 2017
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With boldness and courage, I stepped into a plan to expand our worship from a single traditional worship service, to an additional more contemporary non-traditional style of worship.

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Charlie Zimmerman

What is Coaching?

By Rick Godby / August 1, 2017
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Coaching in the ELCA is about serving Christ and Christ’s mission in the world. Check out this introduction to the two-day ELCA Coach Launch Training Event. It’s a good overview of coaching in the ELCA.

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