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Upcoming Coaching Courses and Events

Basic Course Schedule: Start Coaching Tomorrow

  • Tuesdays, May 2-16, 2023, 8:30 am-1 pm CT / 9:30 am-2 pm ET, four 3-hour sessions
  • Mondays, Oct 16-Nov 6, 2023, 4:00 pm-7 pm CT / 5:00 pm-8 pm ET, four 3-hour sessions

Asynchronous Professional Coach Foundational Courses

  • Register and take at anytime or with any professional coach training term

May Start Professional Coach Training Courses:

  • Intercultural Humility (formerly Winter Quarter)- Tuesdays, May 2, 2023 to May 30, 2023.  11:30-3:30 pm ct / 12:30-4:30 pm et
  • Leveraging Transitions (formerly Summer Quarter)- Mondays, May 1, 2023 to May 29, 2023. 3:30-8:00 pm ct / 4:30-9:00 pm et.

For More Information on May Courses CLICK HERE

Undecided on taking Professional Coach Training? 

Thank you for requesting a free one-time coach training session. Typically, these free sessions are offered at the beginning of each coach training quarter.

Please fill out this form to be considered for the opportunity

Naomi García, lead coach, will respond to your request. 

Feel direct your questions to either Naomi [email protected]

What is coaching?

Having a coach and being coached means you are focused on next steps. Coaching is forward looking: Here’s where you are. What are you willing to consider to get you where you want to be?”

Coaching is not mentoring because the experience of the coach doesn’t matter. Coaching is not teaching; the coach doesn’t tell but asks. Nor is this athletic coaching that tells what to do. Coaching is not counseling; counseling is about what has happened in the past.

Support for Congregations and Ministry Leaders

In today’s world, pastors, ministry staff and church leaders find themselves poorly equipped to affect the kind of culture change needed.  Leaders are expected to enable new dreams for their congregations despite shrinking budgets, continuing uncertainty and changing demographics of our neighborhoods. They are left feeling overwhelmed, overworked, ineffective, insecure, isolated and alone. Coaching can help. Coaches provide just-in-time support by asking questions and challenging the one being coached to set and reach their goals. Using deep listening, coaches ask questions to trigger deeper contemplation, providing a sounding board that allows the coachee to think more deeply and profoundly than they would without coaching. 

Discovering new perspectives

Coaching begins with a hoped-for outcome.

Unlike counseling, mentoring, teaching, or consulting, coaching challenges the one being coached to think differently to discover new perspectives.  These perspectives, in turn, invite and empower movement toward action. Using deep listening and probing questions, a coach walks alongside you as you discover your resources, set your goals and unlock yourself from stuck thinking. 

As part of the Michigan Conference vision to create Bold & Effective Leaders and Vibrant Congregations, clergy and church leaders can be referred to a trained Michigan Conference coach.  Click Here to request a coach. 

What Types of Coaching Does The Michigan Conference Offer?

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Which Conference Ministry Resources Does Coaching Partner with?

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Frequently Asked Questions about Coaching

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