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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.

Contact Naomi at [email protected]

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.

Group Mentor Coaching Course

Prerequisite: Completion of five introductory asynchronous courses plus any two quarters of Coach Training.

Meets the Mentor Coaching instruction requirements for an International Coaching Federation credential. It is not required, though highly recommended, of Michigan Conference coaches.

2024 Course Schedule

  • Returning in the Fall of 2024.

Cost: $350

Includes: 8 hours of group mentor-coaching

Everyone coaches. During the 8 hours, one coaches, one is coached, others observe. Everyone receives and gives feedback including  the mentor-coach. The give-and-take of feedback conversations helps solidify the coach’s style and confidence.

  • Missing up to one hour of a group session is permitted to fulfill a mentor coaching requirement.
  • 4 one-on-one mentor-coaching sessions with the lead coach, an approved Coaching4Clergy mentor-coach.
  • Each individual mentor-coaching session is 45 minutes in length.

Mentor Coaching is a powerful way to further develop and hone your coaching skills and competency. It focuses on the coach’s readiness for a coaching practice as either an internal coach in an organization or an independent coaching business. Mentor coaching provides guidance in the following areas:

Professional Development

  • Building and developing a coaching practice
  • Incorporation of coaching/coaching methods into current setting
  • Feedback on your coaching skills
  • Improve/enhance your coaching competence

Personal Development

  • Strengthen personal foundation
  • Shape your coaching practice

Group Mentor Coaching Course format:

Each course includes two group sessions plus four 1-on-1 sessions.  Multiple breaks. Live, virtual via Zoom.

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

Last Updated on March 18, 2024

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