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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 teach how to coach. There are currently three levels of coaching courses offered through Michigan Conference. 

1. Basic Coach Training (Coach Tomorrow) 

2. Coach Training Part 1 (Associate Certified Coach, ACC)

3. Coach Training Part 2 (Professional Certified Coach, PCC)

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

Coaching training ahead

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.


3 sessions.  Live, virtual via Zoom.  $30 registration.  No prerequisite. Multiple breaks.  This class will be offered in two series. Choose one series, not both. 

January 10, 17 + 24, Sundays.  1:00 pm ct/2:00 pm et – 5:00 pm ct/6:00 et pm. 

May 4, 11 + 18, Tuesdays.  4:30 pm ct/5:30 pm et – 8:30 pm ct/9:30 et pm.

2. What is a Coach Training Part 1 (Associate Certified Coach-ACC)? 

Coach Training Part 1 is for learners looking to learn more and considering becoming a trained coach.

  • Coach Training Part 1 includes fifteen (15) live via Zoom four (4) hour sessions and 5 asynchronous (ondemand) sessions.  These sessions meet the instruction 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 of multiple session a student IS NOT required to have any previous coaching experience; including Basic Coach Training. However, if a student has taken basic coach training, those hours are included in the  required hours needed to be an Associate Certified Coach.
  • Learner coaches completing Coach Training Part 1 may become an authorized MiConference coach as part of the Conference's mission to raise leader effectiveness.  MiConference Authorized coaches are required to complete Coach Training Part 2.
  • Students can go on after obtaining their certification to become a Professional Certified Coach or take additional certification requirements.


This Course is now broken into two parts that can be taken simultaneously.

Coach Training Asynchronous Courses (5 sessions). Taken at learners pace. No Prerequisite. $350.00

Coach Training Part 1 LIVE Courses: * Choose one series not both* prerequisite or simultaneous enrollment with Asynchronous Courses. Part1 LIVE course individually: $700.00 Simultaneous enrollement with Asynchronous Courses: $1050.00** (a market value of $2,850)

Mondays: January 25, 2021 to April 26, 2021

Session Time: 4:30 pm ct/5:30 pm et to 8:30 pm ct/9:30 pm et, with multiple breaks. Venue: Online via Zoom (a one-time, free download)

Saturdays: January 30, 2021 to May 1, 2021

Session Time: 8:00 am ct/9:00 am et to Noon ct/1:00 pm et, with multiple breaks. Venue: Online via Zoom (a one-time, free download)

Your Coach Training fee includes:

  • Live, online instruction in fourteen (14) four (4) hour sessions (plus one session backup), and
  • One-time shipment of coach training bookset directly from Coaching4Clergy

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

Mentor Coaching Class

Prerequisite: Completion of Coach Training Part 1

Mentor Coaching is a powerful way to further develop and hone your coaching skills and competency. Mentor coaching, like general coaching, moves individuals toward their personal and professional goals. Mentor coaches generally provide coaching in the following areas:

Practice Development

  • Building and developing a coaching practice
  • Incorporation of coaching/coaching methods into current setting

Professional Development

  • Feedback on your coaching skills
  • Improve/enhance your coaching competence

Personal Development

  • Strengthen Personal Foundation
  • Be coached yourself

Group Mentor Coaching Class Schedule:

2 classes.  Multiple breaks.  Live, virtual via Zoom. 

Each class includes 2 group sessions. 4 1-on-1 sessions.

Choose one series, not both. 

  • January 4 + 11, Mondays. 11:30 ct/12:30 et – 3:30 ct/4:30 et pm
  • May 12 + 19, Wednesdays. 11:30 ct/12:30 et – 3:30 ct/4:30 et pm

Cost: $350. 


8 hours of group mentor-coaching

  • Everyone coaches once.
  • During the 8 hours, when you are not coaching, you benefit by listening to others coach, hear the feedback they receive from the mentor-coach, offer feedback to the coach, and ask questions.
  • You may miss one hour of the group sessions and still fulfill your mentor coaching requirement.

4 individual mentor-coaching sessions

  • These individual mentor-coaching sessions will scheduled with an approved Coaching4Clergy mentor-coach.
  • Each individual mentor-coaching session is 45 minutes in length.

3. What is a Coach Training Part II (Professional Certified Coach)?

Students in Coach Training Part 2/ 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 Coach Training Part 2/Professional Certified Coach (PCC) student must have previously completed Coach Training Part 1 and Asynchronous Course/Associate Certified Coach (ACC) course prior to enrollment.
  • A Coach Training Part 2/Professional Certified Coach (PCC) 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 Professional Certified Coach (PCC). 
  • A Professional Certified Coach (PCC) can own their own coaching  business along with being a paid Certified Coach through the Michigan Conference. 
  • Professional Certified Coaches (PCC) can take additional certification requirements.
  • Classes for the 2021 ministry year will be offered as one session on Saturday mornings starting in January. 

Coach Training Part II (Professional Certified Coach) UPCOMING CLASSES

Wednesdays: January 13, 2021 through April 14th, 2021

Session times:11:30 am ct/12:30 pm et to 3:30pm ct/4:30pm et, with multiple breaks.                

Venue: Online via Zoom (a one-time, free download)

Prerequisite: Completion of asychronous courses and Coach Training Part 1.

  • Part 2 registration and resources total cost: $1,050** (A market value of $2,850)
  • Includes live, online instruction in sixteen (16) 4-hour 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.