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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.


Produce, multiply and support experienced and credentialed coaches in the lay and rostered leadership of the church to walk alongside of others.


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 (Care for Creation, Stewardship, Discipleship, Congregational Vitality)


  • 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
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Biblical Grounding

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: A Coaching Specialty is any area of coaching that requires directive as well as non-directive coaching (e.g.  Stewardship Coach, Care for Creation Coach). A Coach Specialist will have experience and program content knowledge in the specialty area.

ELCA Basic Coach Training: Multiple session training provided on-line and/or on-site

ELCA Level 2 Coach Training: Multiple session training in specific Coach Specialties

Level 1 Coach: Leader successfully completing ELCA Basic Coach Training.

Level 2 Coach: Leader successfully completes ELCA Basic Coach Training and ELCA Level 2 Specialty Training.


  1. Coaching Culture in the Florida-Bahamas Synod with traction.
  2. FB Synod Coaching Ministry Team will develop guidelines and resources for developing a robust coaching system

Resources and Upcoming Trainings

Watch this section for more resources and upcoming trainings for those interested in coaching.

Here’s What Our Leaders Are Saying About the Value of Coaching

“As a pastor serving in the ever-changing vocation of mission development the time that I spend with my ELCA coach is a source of affirmation and encouragement. My coach not only shares valuable wisdom and experience, but also helps me identify areas of opportunity based on my strengths. My coach helps me keep momentum by always asking, “what’s are your next steps?” I greatly appreciate the prayer and guidance my coach provides, it helps me to keep balance in my life and mission.”- Pastor Matt Shapton, The Community Church, Babcock Ranch, Florida
``My call to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament came after more than 20 years as a corporate executive. I entered my new vocation with confidence that my previous career had equipped me for my role as the pastor of a church congregation. And while my skillsets and work experience certain proved advantageous, I realized that I was navigating completely new territory. I engaged an ELCA Coach who, over the past 13 months, has helped to me see and apply my skillsets and work experience in new ways. I have described my coaching sessions as a two person think tank—a place where hard questions are asked, opportunities discussed, God’s desire discerned and a plan or path to move forward is envisioned. I recommend coaching to anyone in ministry desiring to live fully into their call.``- Pastor David Young, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Melbourne, Florida