For several years now I have watched the development of professional coaching from a distance. I wondered just what coaching was all about while seeing a growing presence of coaches in my annual conference. When the United Methodist Endorsing Agency (UMEA) sponsored the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) basic core class training, I signed up. I wanted to learn how coaching could inform my current ministry as a professional chaplain serving in hospice care and I wanted to learn how coaching might factor in future ministry for me.
After just a few hours of the Coaching4Clergy UMEA training event I was hooked. I realized how a “coach approach” to ministry with the dying, grieving, and those who care for them was part and parcel to my ministry as a chaplain. A coach approach is enormously helpful to improving the efficacy of my pastoral presence. Coaching4Clergy is helping me to grow personally and professionally in ministry and leadership. Val Hastings and his faculty are tremendous coaches and teachers.
As I write this I am nearing credentialing at the ACC level and I am enrolled in classes with Coaching4Clergy to advance my credential to the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) level. I am actively engaged in creating a coach approach to care of clients and staff at the hospice agency where I serve and I look forward to how coaching will continue to inform my life and ministry going forward.
~Donald J. Hohne M.Div, BCC – Chaplain and Clinical Specialist for Spiritual Care, Gilchrist Hospice Care