Friends fixing an old barbed-wire fence together.  Most of us didn't know how to go about it, but  we were well-coached.  It was a big project and we did it!  Notice the delight.

Friends fixing an old barbed-wire fence together.  Most of us didn't know how to go about it, but  we were well-coached.  It was a big project and we did it!  Notice the delight.

O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending....
Give us faith to go out with good courage!

— Holden Village 'Venture' Prayer

How it Works

You the client fuel the coaching relationship by your personal and professional strengths and values.  As coach, I help you get clear about your goals and help you structure action steps to achieve them.  I trust that the Holy Spirit is part of the process.

Normally, coaching happens by telephone, unless face-to-face opportunities present themselves.  Online video options are also possible.  Sessions are scheduled every 2-4 weeks, depending on the client's needs. 

We contract for six sessions of 45 minutes each, following an initial consultation to see if this coaching relationship holds promise to help you achieve your goals.  (If the answer is 'no,' I can suggest other options for your work, if you wish.)  At the end of the sessions, we will assess your goals and the value of continuing or concluding, and celebrate your accomplishments.

 

Transitions Group Coaching Pilot

Beginning in the fall of  2016, a pilot project for Montana Synod (ELCA) clergy who are preparing for retirement will begin, in groups of 3-5, by video conference.  In the spring, group coaching for pastors in the first 18 months of a new call will happen.  E-mail or phone for details.

 

About Coaching


Get a coach to help you...

  • Design a healthy transition into a new ministry.
  • Get clear on next steps towards a complex goal.
  • Manage time for a more satisfying life.
  • Stay focused and energized for a long-term project.
  • Make good decisions in the midst of conflict.
  • Become a proactive leader.
  • CHANGE!

Coaching is not:

  • Therapy                                                                                     Coaching is not designed to heal wounds.

  • Mentoring                                                                                  A coach is not a model to learn from but a midwife to call forth the client's own strength and resourcefulness.
  • Consulting                                                                                 A coach's professional experience does not drive the work.  Rather, the chief driver in making progress is the client.
  • Spiritual Direction                                                                     The subject of concern is not one's faith in God but one's own professional or personal goals.                                                                    

Ecumenical and Inter-faith

I am a Lutheran (ELCA) with an ecumenical heart and training (Yale Divinity School).  I have learned much from friends of other-than-Christian faith traditions and see God's loving presence in them.  I welcome the opportunity to work with ecumenical and inter-faith colleagues.

 

Preaching

Good preaching over the long-haul is a challenge to the preacher and a gift to the people.  The challenge is exacerbated by the lack of honest, helpful feedback from parishioners and by the pastor's tender pride.  (This can be a good thing -- a sign of honoring the preaching art and recognizing the necessary role of the pastor's ego in it.)   Can coaching help?   I think so.  I am happy to work with preachers who want to refine, deepen, energize or change their preaching.