Often unprepared for the shifting landscape of ministry in today’s world, pastors, ministry staff and church leaders find themselves inadequate to affect the literal culture change needed within their congregations. Despite shrinking budgets, changing demographics, and uncertain preparation, expectations are that leadership will be able to step up and enable new dreams and their fulfillment. All of these issues can leave pastors feeling overwhelmed, overworked, ineffective, insecure, isolated and alone.
Founded by author and Master Coach, Dr. J. Val Hastings, Coaching4Clergy has grown to become a global training company for equipping those called and charged with guiding their congregants in their spiritual journeys. Honed by years of experience, Coaching4Clergy equips pastors with the understanding and skills to be an effective leader, and to compensate for the missing skills they were unaware they would need.
Coaching4Clergy offers four modules of 128 ICF –ACTP hours that can lead to the ACC, PCC, and MCC credentials if desired. In addition to leading their congregations with new excellence and effectiveness, many graduates choose to develop their own coaching practices.
Dr. J. Val Hastings, MCC, is the Founder and President of Coaching4Clergy, which provides specialized training for pastors, church leaders and coaches. Val hired his first coach while he was pastoring at a local United Methodist church. His progress was noticeable by all, and he began to wonder, “What if I adopted a coaching approach to ministry? What if the larger church adopted a coaching approach to ministry?” In that moment a vision began to emerge—a global vision of Every Pastor, Ministry Staff and Church Leader a Coach.
Val is the author of the books, The Next Great Awakening: How to Empower God’s People with a Coach Approach to Ministry; Professional Coach Training: Developing Ministry Excellence and Effectiveness; Change Your Questions, Change Your Church: How to Lead with Powerful Questions; and the e-books, 1 -2-3 Coach: Start Coaching in 60 Minutes; and Coach Your Way through the Scriptures: A Tangible Way to Use Coaching in Ministry. He also compiled the book, Ministry 3.0: How Today’s Church Leaders Are Using Coaching to Transform Ministry. Val currently holds the designation of Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, the highest coaching designation.