Extending the Ripple Effect: Coach Training for Military, Hospital and Prison Chaplains

Once each year, more 200 chaplains gather for training, networking and connection. They serve all over the world in a wide variety of settings, including military, hospital and prison. In October 2011, I will be joining this gathering in Dallas, TX to facilitate Coaching4Clergy’s Basic Coach Training program—selected as the major training event for this conference.

To follow up on this event, in the spring of 2012 we are planning a full 65-hour Accelerated Coach Training program for those chaplains that want to take the next step in their coach development.

Here’s what these two military chaplains wrote about their experience in the Accelerated Coach Training program:

“We believe that the Accelerated Coach Training Program is an invaluable tool that each of our chaplains should have in their pastoral care toolbox to allow our chaplains to be better caregivers of those they serve. It is our desire to provide this Accelerated Coach Training Program to every one of our chaplains.

I have taken the Accelerated Coach Training Program and I fully believe in its ability to make one a much better user of the socratic method of helping people find their own answers to the questions and challenges of their personal lives and business. I highly encourage you to take this course.” – Dr. Bobby R. Smith, Director of the Office of Chaplaincy Relations, Texas Baptists

“I was selected to attend Accelerated Coach Training by my work – I went with little commitment, but how that training changed me. I was coached and then trained to do coaching and I’m now using the training with several of our junior chaplains, a couple of CPE residents and even some civilian clergy. Just wish I had a coach when I was a young chaplain! It was the best training I’ve attended in years.” – Brad Riza, Retired Air Force Chaplain and Associate Director, Chaplaincy Relations, Texas Baptists

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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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