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Coach Training

Naomi Garcia

Meet Your Coaching Instructor

Naomi García, is a member of the Michigan Conference staff.  She describes herself as, "Mesmerized, reminded and centered by shores of the Gulf of Mexico, lakes called Rathbun, Great, Clear, Townline, Thumb; the rivers named Rio Grande, San Gabriel, Colorado, Grand River, Cumberland, Lake, Grand, Dowagiac, Hersey." 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.

Coach Training FAQs

 Interested In Becoming A Coach?

The Michigan Conference is partnering with Coaching4Clergy to to teach how to coach. There are currently three levels of coaching courses offered through Michigan Conference. 

1. Basic Coach 

2.Associate Certified Coach (trained coach part 1)

3. Professional Certified Coach (trained coach part 2)

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

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1. What is a Basic Coach?

What?    Where?   How?   When?

Asking the right questions is an essential part of being a great coach.  Basic coaching skills can dramatically step-up leader effectiveness, increase a leader’s impact in the faith community and the local community, and prepare ministry leaders to effectively coach each other in partnerships with peers. It is ideal for supporting  friends, followers, leaders, helpers and supervisors.

Basic Coach Training is for paid and unpaid leaders, decision-makers, and everyone engaged in life. The coach approach can enhance ministries and partnerships. Basic Coach Training counts towards Professional Coach credentials of the International Coach Federation.Participants in Basic Coach Training frequently discover new avenues of creativity in planning and problem-solving.  Basic Coach Training is part of the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church strategy to create a coaching culture in our organizational and relationship systems. This training is a step toward becoming part of the Michigan Conference faculty.

What Can I Expect?
Basic Coach Training learners are equipped to start coaching immediately with a growing confidence and competency. Participants learn and practice coach training theories and techniques through classroom instruction, small group interaction and several practice teaching opportunities. And you will craft your own coaching skills and style by

  • sharpening your listening skills
  • honing the art of asking powerful questions
  • using artful language and direct communication to nurture the one-being-coached toward new awareness
  • coaching and being coached. 
  • giving and receiving feedback.
  • networking and collaborating with other coaches.

In twelve (12) hours learners will:

  • Gain a strong understanding of coaching and the distinction between coaching and therapy, consulting and mentoring.
  • Develop core coaching skills that can be incorporated into the local church setting.
  • Receive a combination of coaching theory and practice.
  • Observe LIVE coaching.
  • Learn a Five-Step Coaching Model.


Basic Coach Training is offered this July. Register now to discover how coaching can remove the stuckness of making decisions.

July 14th and July 15th, 2020
Location: Online via Zoom
Time: 1:30 pm to 8:30 pm with multiple breaks including a 30 minute dinner break
Cost: $30.00 per participant

2. What is a Associate Certified Coach? 

Students who take this course are looking to learn more and become a trained coach.

  • An Associate Certified Coach Student (Part 1 student) completes sixteen (16) four (4) hour sessions of instruction meet the requirement for the first-tier of a coach credential with the International Coach Federation (ICF) , the ACC or Associate Certified Coach.   
  • To register for this course a student IS NOT required to take basic coach training or have any previous coaching experience. However, if a student has taken basic coach training, those hours are included in the  required hours needed to be an Associate Certified Coach.
  • Associate Certified Coaches can be deployed at an hourly rate by the Michigan Conference as part of the Conference's mission to raise leader effectiveness.
  • Students can go on after obtaining their certification to become a Professional Certified Coach or take additional certification requirements.


Choose Monday or Wednesday Class Schedule (not both) 

Mondays: August 17, 2020 through December 7, 2020  *No class on Labor Day

Session Time: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, with multiple breaks. Venue: Online viz Zoom (a one-time, free download)

Wednesdays: August 19, 2020 through December 9, 2020

Session Time: 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm, with multiple breaks. Venue: Online via Zoom (a one-time, free download)

Registration and resources total cost: $1,050**  (A market value of $2,495) 

Your fee includes:

  • Coaching instruction in sixteen (16) 4-hour, online sessions
  • One (1) discount code for a three-book bundle. 

Students must purchase MANAGING TRANSITIONS by William Bridges and Susan Bridges. This purchase is NOT included in registration fee and must be purchased seperately ($4-20, available in audio and digital formats, and as hard copy as new or used). click for more on transitions.

3. What is a Professional Certified Coach?

Students in the Professional Certified coaching class are continueing coaching students who want to gain a deeper level of knowledge to increase their coaching capacities and abilities.

  • A Professional Certified Coach Student must have previously completed The Associate Certified Coach (Part 1) course prior to enrollment.
  • A Professional Certified Coach (Part II) Student will complete sixteen (16) four (4) hour sessions of additional instruction  to meet the requirement for the second-tier of coach credential with the ICF, the PCC or Professional Certified Coach. 
  • A Professional Certified Coach can own their own coaching  business along with being a paid Certified Coach through the Michigan Conference. 
  • Professional Certified Coaches can take additional certification requirements.
  • Classes for the 2020 ministry year will be offered as two sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays, both starting in August. 

Professional Certified Coach (Part II) UPCOMING CLASSES

Choose Tuesday or Thursday Class Schedule (not both).

Tuesdays: August 25, 2020 through December 8, 2020

Thursdays: August 20, 2020 through December 10, 2020 *No Session November 26th

Session times: 12:30-4:30 pm, with multiple breaks.                 Venue: Online via Zoom (a one-time, free download)

  • Part 2 registration and resources total cost: $1,050** (A market value of $2,495)
  • Includes sixteen (16) 4-hour, online sessions

Students will be required to purchase WE CAN’T TALK ABOUT THAT AT WORK! by Mary-Francis Winters separately from their registration in the course ($4-20, available in audio and digital formats, and as hard copy as new or used) . 

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

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