Clergy Coaching Sessions Offered
To assist clergy as they strive to meet the on-going challenges of ministry in the age of the novel coronavirus, the Western PA Conference is offering Coaching on Demand.
Trained coaches in the Conference are offering their skills at no charge as a ministry to their colleagues.
"Right now, we are each navigating personal and professional challenges, new realities, and unexpected ministry opportunities," said the Rev. Amy Wagner, who took a lead role in organizing the Coaching on Demand opportunity. "Through ministry coaching, a skilled, trained coach can help you sort through possibilities, make decisions, and develop action plans.
"Coaches are not experts offering their advice," she emphasized. "They are conversation partners who walk alongside you, listening carefully and asking good questions, to help you come to your own best decision."
Typically, a coaching contract spells out an agreed-upon schedule (e.g. monthly meetings for 6 or 12 months) and cost (which may range from hundreds to thousands of dollars per year), Wagner explained.
"Coaching on Demand, however, offers a no-cost way for our WPAUMC clergy and church leaders to connect with a coach for a single session, when coaching is most needed. "You may be able to schedule the same day, tomorrow, next week, or up to three weeks from now," Wagner said. "There is no cost for Coaching on Demand; our coaches are offering their coaching skills as a ministry. We do ask, however, that if you wish to schedule more than two sessions with any given coach, you speak with them about coaching contract options.
"We hope Coaching on Demand offers immediate support, as well as allowing many of our clergy to experience the ongoing benefits of coaching, and the varied coaching styles and approaches of our trained, credentialed coaches," Wagner explained.
Get details of the program at wpaumc.org/coaching-on-demand