The Ripple Effect of Coach Training

At the beginning of the month, I shared with you about an exciting coach training we had with a group of seminary students and pastors. Before they were even finished the basic course, they were asking us to reschedule the advanced training so they could do it sooner!

When I followed up with some of the students, I found out that their enthusiasm lives on!

“As a pastor committed to church officer development, I have found particularly helpful the intentionality of choosing powerful questions to help access the deeper energies and connections in lay leaders. At a recent officer gathering the question, “How participative do you intend to be?” gave the group an opportunity to relate their tentativeness, while it also seemed to break open the recognition that they had a choice about their action in relation to their hopes for our organization. This followed by a few other well-designed questions, such as “What are you the possibility of?” led us quite neatly into an action plan that felt profoundly owned by the group. Many folks ended the session with a request that we do this sort of work again!” – Suzan Hawkinson

And here is what Robin had to say about the impact of the training: “I have already used the coaching techniques in personal and professional scenarios and they have allowed me to understand the power in allowing the coachee to guide the discussion and direction of the session.” – Robin Hinton, Associate Director, Partnerships and Career Services, Eastern University – Campolo College of Graduate Studies, Eagle Learning Center, PA

Joyce Stoner had a more personal insight: “The classes impressed upon me that when I told my problem to someone with the purpose of finding a solution and not just to vent, God gave me creative avenues to work at the problem or decision.”

It so rewarding to hear about the ripple effects that the training is having – and this is only the beginning!

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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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