Clergy face difficult stressors and often have few resources with whom to share their struggles. Clergy Coaching provides that safe, space for the coach, with his training and support, to listen and work with the clergyperson to determine the next best steps on their journey. Our approach is ecumenical and follows best practices developed by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Three areas of concern often arise for clergy:
- Clergy Skill Development There are specific skills which aid the effectiveness of a clergy person. Focus on these through coaching can assist the clergy person in their responsibilities. The skills often focused on are:
- Time management
- Life balance in ministry
- Interpersonal relationship skills
- Effective meeting agenda
- Leadership skills for new clergy
- Working with ministry/work teams/ committees
- Clergy in Transition ?At some point in their ministry, clergy members may find themselves at a point of transition, needing to devote energy to their own period of discernment and reflection as they consider possible changes in their life – moving between churches, family transitions, mid-life retirement, etc. This may involve skill assessment, assessment of confidence and commitment, setback and disappointment focus as well as places of success and accomplishment.
- Clergy in Crisis When there is a crisis of some kind in the personal or professional life of the clergyperson, death of a family member, serious conflict in the congregation, or some other matter time apart to think it through, discuss options, and plan for next steps can be a focus of a coaching process.