Monday, January 18, 2016

Coaching as a Spiritual Practice

In 2008, the United Methodist Endorsing Agency of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry began recognizing “that Life Coaching is an important new pastoral discipline” because “a coach considers the whole person, helping him or her move forward in life by offering deep listening, asking powerful questions, and providing vital support. Coaching can be one way to help a person move more fully into the “fullness of life” which Jesus offers (John 10:10)”.* 

Effective pastoral care requires intuitive gifts and can be enhanced with learned skills. In addition to advanced pastoral care professional development, I choose to engage in an 8 month certification program through the Coach Training Alliance which included coursework, study, group discussion, monitored coaching sessions and unmonitored sessions with verbatims. I found this to be an important professional development step because traditional pastoral care training focuses on the present situation, but our parishioners often need help moving from today into tomorrow, which is what Coaching offers.

As my pastoral care expanded from the local congregation into seminary students and ordination candidates, I saw a need for advanced training in helping people move from where they are to where they want to be. 

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