Coaching4Clergy Now Provides Accredited Coach-Specific Training Hours for the ICF

Have you heard the news? Coaching4Clergy recently received our accreditation as an ICF training organization – officially, we are an Accredited Coach-Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) provider of up to 65 hours (for now).

This ICF “stamp of approval” has opened us up to connect with a whole new set of people – literally the whole world! As my coach would say, I’m definitely “playing a bigger game.”

For years I’ve wanted Coaching4Clergy to be a global organization, and now I can say that we are, and be fully in integrity. This is a lot to celebrate and yet we’re just at the tip of the iceberg.

This process meant that someone outside our organization has put our training, trainers and process under a microscope and said, “This is all good,” and that’s a real affirmation of what we’re doing.

It also legitimizes our global vision of “every pastor, ministry staff and church leader a coach,” which you may have read about in the free e-book, The Next Great Awakening. And even though the ICF hasn’t formally endorsed this vision, they’ve approved our training methods and that is a big part of how we’re bringing our vision into reality.

So as we invite you into our unfolding story, I hope that you take from this announcement the assurance that visions CAN happen, and they happen in their own time – after many years, in some cases. And when we can keep reaching for possibilities, stay positive and keep taking the actions that are in front of us today, we can be inspired by our gentle progress; while also inspiring others.

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J. Val Hastings

J. Val Hastings, MCC, is the Founder and President of Coaching4Clergy, which provides specialized training for pastors, church leaders and coaches. Val is the author of the book The Next Great Awakening: How to Empower God’s People with a Coach Approach to Ministry and the e-book The E3-Church: Empowered, Effective and Entrepreneurial Leadership That Will Keep Your Church Alive. Val currently holds the designation of Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, the highest coaching designation.

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