Contact Florida-Bahamas Synod Coaching Coordinator Pr. Johan Bergh
Guiding Principles of the Coaching Ministry of the Florida-Bahamas Synod
Connecting with God’s Mission
The mission of coaching serves God’s mission to bless and save the world in Jesus Christ. God’s mission has a church, God’s church has leaders and disciples, and God’s church has coaching as a tool to support and encourage the church’s response to God’s mission.
Mission: Produce and multiply experienced and credentialed coaches in the lay and rostered leadership of the church to walk alongside of others. See ELCA Coaching Ministry Overview.
Vision: to train and develop coaches in the Synod who will be equipped to coach other leaders in at least the following ways:
- Use coaching skills in their ministry context
- Use coaching skills in a coaching and/or mentoring relationship with another leader \Use coaching skills as a Level II Coach (Stewardship, Discipleship, Mission Developer, Mission Re-Developer, First Call Theological Education)
- Train and deploy 10 ELCA Level I Coaches in Synod in 2019
- Train and deploy 5 ELCA Level II Coaches in Synod in 2019
- support and accountability for leaders and teams
- continuous development of the next generation of disciples
- training and credentialing
- freeing and empowering leaders and teams for mission and teamwork
- building disciples
- intentional relationships with leaders and teams with the purpose of facilitating change
- every person has a call from God that coaching seeks to help claim and activate
Coaching is a ministry of accompaniment as expressed in Luke 10:1-3a: “After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way.”
Coaching: Coaching is an intentional relationship with the purpose of effecting change.
Coaching Specialty (currently not a term used churchwide in ELCA coaching, but helps in defining a Level II Coach): A Coaching Specialty is any area of coaching that requires directive as well as non-directive coaching (e.g. 5 Marks of a Missional Leader Coach, NCD Coach, Stewardship Coach, Mission Developer Coach, Interim Pastor Coach, et. al. ). A Coach Specialist will have experience and program content knowledge in the specialty area.
ELCA Coach Launch: 2 day training event.
Level 1 Coach: Leader successfully completing ELCA Coach Launch training. Status can be held for one year and renewed upon completion of Coach Launch Refresher training (one online Coaching Skills Refresher Webinar) AND written submission of report accounting for minimum of 12 one-on-one coaching hours with leaders (e.g. 2 coaching relationships of 6 months each with coaching session once a month) OR written report of how you directly applied coaching skills/practices in your ministry context.
Level 2 Coach: Leader successfully completes ELCA Coach Launch training and ELCA Lab Coach training. Coach level/status can be held for one year and renewed upon completion of ELCA Coach Launch Refresher training every 12 months AND written submission of report accounting for minimum of 12 one-on-one coaching hours with leaders every 12 months (e.g. 2 coaching relationships of 6 months each with coaching session once a month).
- Coaching Culture in the Florida-Bahamas Synod with traction.
- FB Synod Coaching Ministry Team will develop guidelines and resources for developing a robust coaching system
Stories about Coaching
Watch this section for stories about the impact of coaching in the lives of leaders.
Resources and Upcoming Trainings
Watch this section for more resources and upcoming trainings for those interested in coaching.