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What I bring to coaching

I wish I'd had a coach as a young pastor.  I probably would have made the same mistakes, but I'd likely have learned from them more quickly and made needed changes more nimbly and proactively.  At any rate, coaches didn't exist back then, but we do now, and I am pleased to have found this way of being of service to my colleagues.

Ordained in 1981, I served the first two decades in parish and campus ministries in Montana.  Then for a couple years,  I worked with the joint contextual education effort at Luther and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminaries, overseeing intern-supervisor teams in the Pacific Northwest.  That engagement with pastors and interns --towards healthy, sustainable and creative ministry-- planted the seed for this coaching practice.  I've found that coaching offers a good tool-set for helping pastors stay alive to the challenging, long-haul work we are called to do.   Now that I am on the other side of parish ministry (having retired from a sweet little congregation in November, 2014), I am called to coach.

Coaching credentials and education: 

  • Completed Auburn Theological Seminary's Coach Training Program (70 hours of instruction with four faculty and 12 colleagues). (2014)

  • 240+ hours of coaching other ministry professionals. I also work regularly with my own coach.

  • Completed coach mentoring (10 hours) and passed the International Coach Federation (ICF) ethics and core competencies exam.

  • Credentialed as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the ICF, a professional organization that supports the integrity of the discipline (2016)

Ministry credentials, education, honors:

  • Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School (1981)

  • Clinical Pastoral Education (3 units)

  • Masters of Theology from Luther Seminary (1995; thesis: "A Lutheran Spirituality of Vocation")

  • Lutheran Campus Ministry's Philip Knutson Award for Creativity or Risk-Taking in Ministry (1999)

  • Merrill Fellowship, Harvard Divinity School (winter, 2001)

  • Rostered in the Montana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Stuff you can't list:  I was nearly fired by my first congregation and thought that my call to ministry might have been a mistake.  Good colleagues, a remarkable CPE group,and a healing 2nd congregational call got me back on track.  With the help of many, I've learned to welcome the challenge of working with people whose commitments are different from mine.  I have been pressed hard by the anguish of pastoral ministry, and have also delighted in Christian community with parishioners and colleagues alike.   I am married to Daniel Kemmis, a politician and writer, who has taught me the value and some of the skill-set of collaborative problem-solving.  I have two grown sons on the west coast, and have married into 4 more adult 'children' and 3 grandkids.  I love riding my Tennessee Walker around western Montana with horsey friends, and am blessed to be part of a spiritual companions group for close to a decade.  

I am excited about this work, and I trust that the Spirit of God is walking with us in the process.