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Coach Training

Naomi Garcia

Meet Your Coaching Instructor

Naomi García, is a member of the Michigan Conference staff.  An aspiring disciple rarely satisfied with the latest take on how The Holy One calls, moves, shapes, beckons, equips, comforts and companions; shuttling between the discipline of mind and the art of soul. Naomi is a facilitator intrigued and longing for inclusive inclusion; Consultant negotiating the wide spaces between meddling and staying home; Mediator stirred by the courage of truth-telling and re-discovering the edges of compassion; Coach channeling Curious George and Hiccup.

Hear from Michigan Conference Coaches

Michigan Conference coaches talk about what coach training has meant to them. 

Why Become a Coach?

Deep listening, focused questioning, creating new awareness, challenging assumptions, moving toward action steps, accessing resources and following through are fundamental tools of a coach. Learning the skills to coach others can also help you grow in your own life, relationships, leadership abilities and ministry

How to Become a Coach

The Michigan Conference partners with Coaching4Clergy, an Accredited Coach Training Program through the International Coach Federation (ACTP - ICF). Courses are delivered in a combination of live, online classes (Zoom) and on-demand (asynchronous) courses.  

See below for more information about each level of coaching and upcoming courses!

Basic Coach Training

Basic Coach Training is 12 hours live by Zoom to get a taste for coaching and learn basic skills.  You’ll be able to coach immediately.  See details and how to register below.

Professional Coach Training

Michigan Conference coaches are highly trained, meeting instruction requirements of Professional Certified coaches. These requirements begin with five introductory courses on-demand (asynchronous) online (24 hours total), plus four quarters of courses (taken in any order). Each quarter (titled Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall) combines five live Zoom classes and four or eight hours of on-demand video courses (depending on the quarter). See details and how to register below.

Once you’ve completed these courses, you may be deployed as a coach for the Michigan Conference if you and the lead coach agree you are ready.

If you are interested in pursuing an ICF coaching credential (such as ACC, PCC or MCC), there are additional requirements, such as Mentor Coaching (see below for details and how to register) and logging the required hours of coaching experience. Mentor Coaching is not required of Michigan Conference coaches. Prerequisites for Mentor Coaching are the five introductory courses plus two quarters.

Professional Coach Training

Professional Coach Training is for learners to grow coaching skills.

This in-depth training develops leader effectiveness by empowering others to unlock their potential. Coaching is about bringing out the best in individuals, teams, and organizations. Instead of fixing or solving problems, coaching is a discovery-based process for sustainable results. Similar to athletic coaching, coaches build on the skills and talents already inherent in the ones being coached. However, professional coaching sessions always end with movement toward a specific next step. Learner coaches observe coaching, learn the principles of effective coaching, collaborate and share with co-learners, and put these lessons into practice!

Michigan Conference learner coaches meet the instruction requirements for the second tier of an International Coaching Federation  credential. 

Take Quarters in any order. 

***undecided on taking a professional coach training course? We offer a free one time viewing session to ongoing courses periodically. Please fill out this form to be considered for the opportunity

2023 Course Schedule

Leveraging Transitions (formerly Summer Quarter)

2023.May.01-29.  Mondays 3:00-7:30 pm ct / 4:00-8:30 pm et.  Multiple breaks + 30-minute meal break.


2023.Oct.31-Nov.28.  Tuesdays 10:00-1:30 pm ct / 11:00-2:30 pm et.  Multiple breaks + 30-minute meal break.

Coaching Venues: Peers, Supervisors, Insiders & Outsiders (Formerly Fall Quarter)

2023.Aug.30-Sep.27.  Wednesdays 10:00-1:30 pm ct / 11:00-2:30 pm et.  Multiple breaks + 30-minute meal break

Intercultural Humility (Formerly Winter Quarter)

2023.May.02-30.  Tuesdays 11:30-3:30 pm ct / 12:30-4:30 pm et.  Multiple breaks.


2023.Nov.01-Nov.29.  Wednesdays 10:00-1:30 pm ct / 11:00-2:30 pm et.  Multiple breaks + 30-minute meal break.

Group Coaching (Formerly Spring Quarter)

Aug.29-Sep.26. Tuesdays 10:00-1:30 pm ct / 11:00-2:30 pm et.  Multiple breaks + 30-minute meal break.

Professional Coach Training is composed of three parts. All three steps are required to be deployed as a Michigan Conference (MiC) coach.

  1.  Asynchronous Foundational Courses (24 hours), on demand:  Five coaching introductory courses (24 hours total), at learner’s own pace. May be completed alone or at the same time as the initial quarter enrollment. Access to asynchronous courses is provided through the learning portal of coaching4clergy.com (or, its parent body, coaching4todaysleader.com.) Paid registration includes set of three textbooks in digital form. No experience required. No prerequisite.          
    All 5 courses (24 hours total):   $75 
  2. MiC asynchronous course credit dependent on completing a 500-word reflection essay for each course. Reflections are due before the start of a second quarter of Professional Coach Training.
  3. 4 quarters include 5 weekly 4-hour live Zoom courses plus one or two 4-hour asynchronous courses on demand (depending on quarter). Zoom courses include multiple breaks -- schedules over typical mealtime include an additional 30-min meal break. 
    No prerequisite for courses. No particular order is required. Quarter titles represent content; not weather season in which the quarter is scheduled.
    Each quarter $525

Completing the asynchronous Foundational Courses and the four quarters meets the instruction requirements for the second-tier of the ICF credential, the Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

**Funding assistance may be available through your local congregation, ministry settings and district ministries



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