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The Clergy Coach

Rob Voyle

The Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle is a leader in the development and use of appreciative coaching in his work with clergy.

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The Career Coach

The Appreciative Way

The Dr. Kim Voyle is the Founder and Director of Pathfinders Career Services.

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The Appreciative Way

The Appreciative Way, is Rob and Kim Voyle's synthesis of:

  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • The work of Milton Erickson
  • Contemplative Spirituality

The Appreciative Way
Discover the essentials of the
Appreciative Way in this fast
read format book by
Rob and Kim Voyle.

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Are You Thinking About Becoming a Coach?

Coaching is a rapidly growing service industry that provides great opportunities for people to pass on their wisdom to others and help people achieve their goals. Within the church, as more attention is paid to leadership competencies and excellence in ministry there is a growing need for Competent Clergy Coaches.

If you are thinking about working as an Executive and Personal Coach consider the following:

  • Do you find deep satisfaction in helping people accomplish their goals?
  • Do people seek you out for your insight and wisdom?
  • Have you had a successful ministry and now feel like sharing the wisdom you have acquired with others?
  • Do you get amazed and have a great sense of joy when people "get it" ?
  • Do you have a desire to make this world a better place, one person at a time?
  • Do you have an alternative source of income?

If you say yes to these questions then coaching may be a very viable way for you to offer your gifts and your self; to God, your neighbor, and to manifest your purpose.

Coaching and Income

While coaching can become a financially rewarding career, if you are starting from scratch you will need to develop a business and clientele. This takes time and money. For clergy, who may already posses many great coaching skills, starting a coaching practice may require that you developing marketing and business skills. These challenges are not insurmountable but we do want people to be aware of the financial challenges involved if you are anticipating generating the bulk of your income from coaching.

Many clinicians we know who have developed or transitioned to coaching have done so gradually over time, beginning by doing coaching one day a week and increasing their coaching hours as they reduced their clinical hours. Here the challenge is to stay clear with yourself and with your clients when you are doing coaching and when you are doing therapy.

In our coach training program we also have a significant number of retired or semi-retired clergy who are finding that coaching is offering them a great way to pass on their wisdom to the next generation.

Who Should Attend Appreciative Coach Training

While primarily oriented toward clergy and those who work with clergy and church leaders, our Certificate in Appreciative Coaching is also open to those who have substantial experience as a Coach or mentor and who can reflect theologically and psychologically on their coaching and are interested in using their spiritual resources and understanding in their coaching.

In particular the training would be of benefit to:

  • Clergy who want to develop their coaching skills.
  • Psychologists, Consultants, and Counselors who are also clergy or who work with clergy and churches.
  • Spiritual Directors and Chaplains
  • Leaders who coach or mentor staff and volunteers.
  • Psychologists, Counselors and Coaches who want to work as Life Coaches.
  • Coaches who want to work in the business world in a way that honors their values and spirituality.

Benefits of Our Appreciative Coach Training

Our Appreciative Coach training has several qualities that create a unique benefit to the trainees:

  • Based in the Appreciative Way.
  • Actively uses your spiritual resources.
  • In person and teleconference training.
  • Small, personal training classes.

Eligibility Requirements to take Appreciative Coach Training

To participate in our Appreciative Coach training programs participants must have:

  • At least a graduate level degree (MDiv, MA, MS etc.) in the helping sciences
  • At least a graduate level degree (MBA, MS, etc.) in business or science plus 3 years of experience in a leadership role.
  • An undergraduate degree (BA, BS etc.) plus 7 years of experience in a leadership role.

Note: Work experience must be in a leadership capacity that is applicable to the work of clergy and others in leadership roles. In addition all candidates must be able to reflect theologically and psychologically on their life and work.

Principal Trainer

Rob Voyle is an ordained Episcopal priest, psychologist, and coach. He is the Director of the Clergy Leadership Institute. Rob was an original faculty member, and taught for five years at the College of Executive Coaching where he taught and coached hundreds of personal and executive coaches how to use appreciative inquiry as a basis for their coaching work.

What Participants Say

Rob's training is full of heart, wit, and passion. E.R. Executive Coach

Rob's educational model brings body, mind and spirit together. I have been challenged intellectually, transformed spiritually, touched emotionally, gathering in communally. He came into my life at just the right time. Jean Holmes, Presbyterian Pastor

Rob's appreciative coach training helped me to rethink the way I approach and provide therapy; Thanks! Dr. George Moses, Pastoral Counselor

After 45 years in the pastoral ministry and attending three events led by Rob Voyle, I have finally learned a better way to help church leaders help themselves and the people they serve. John Wilkerson, Director: Church Leadership Coaching and Consulting

Rob's combination of organizational savvy, teaching skills, theological and spiritual integration, and ability to rapidly build supportive, learning communities is quite simply the best in any of the churches today. Gray Temple, Episcopal Priest, Author and Coach


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