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We provide congregational coaching for a variety of congregational and organizational development needs such as:
We also provide consulting services to adjudicatory groups as they develop region or conference wide ministries.
Why hire a consultant when you can do it yourself?
One of the great joys of running our training programs is to empower church leaders to provide development facilitation for one another. Many Church Board retreats can be conducted by the leader or a peer rather than relying on "expert" outside facilitation.
Participants in our Appreciative Inquiry Based Training Programs are provided resources to lead strategic visioning processes. Dr. Rob Voyle or an Associate is available by telephone to provide just-in-time coaching as the process is designed and implemented.
If you have questions about what would work best for you send Rob an email and request a free consultation to explore what strategy would be of benefit to you.
Our good friend and colleague Bishop Ed Leidel describes his development work with small congregations as congregational coaching which he defines as:
Congregational Coaching is finding God's synergy
in the midst of community.
Since we couldn't describe our work with congregations any better we decided to use his explanation. Ed goes on to describe his understanding of congregational coaching as an incarnational approach of entering into and joining with the congregation to discover the guidance, collegiality, and encouragement of the Holy Spirit. This contrasts the classical idea of a consultant as the expert advisor or authority who tells and directs people what to do.
|Congregational Coaching||Congregational Advising|
|Behind-the-scenes||Up-front focus of attention|
|Initiative is with congregation||Initiative is with the advisor|
|Hands-on helping process||Distant micro-managing|
|Discovers gifts||Critiques failures|
|Synergetic||"Shifts the chairs"|
|Utilizes congregational leaders' innate gifts and resources||Dependent on gifts and resources of the advisor|
|Encourages mutual interdependence||Creates cycles of dependence and isolating independence|
|Generates hope||Generates need for supervision|
Because this appreciative approach to congregational coaching is incarnational it allows each congregation to develop unique responses to their local community needs.
Rather than imposing external ideas and programs the appreciative approach allows transformational solutions to arise from within the community. As such they are owned by the community and have their own internal motivation and are more likely to be locally relevant and sustainable.
If you have questions about what would work best for you and your congregation send Rob an email and request a free consultation to explore what strategy would be of benefit to your community.