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CNH Coaching Network

Fully recognizing that there are a number of well qualified Professional Church Workers in the CNH that are coaching to varying degrees of expertise and training, I propose to orchestrate their efforts toward creating a network of Coaches able to meet the needs of a growing District. Coaching is a completely unregulated field, but that is changing. To be certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) entry level standards require 60 hours of formal training. (FYI, I have more than 100 hours and am always continuing my Coaching education.) I propose the following:

  • Assign me to create a District-wide Coaching Network. 
    • The network will recruit, offer training classes in basic Coaching skills, objectives and ethics.
    • Network will utilize ICF standards and teaching personnel.
    • Network will establish Coaching standards, especially since, at first, we would need to recruit non ICF certified coaches, yet still provide quality coaching help.
    • Objectives would include:
      • Establish a culture of coaching within the District
      • Encourage and support one another as Coaches
      • Establish and encourage continuing education for Coaches
      • Encourage formal training for Coaches toward ICF certification
      • Encourage ways to multiply effectiveness of Coaching model to entire congregation and community
      • Provide coaching support for all Professional Church Workers in the District
      • Encourage personal and professional growth among Professional Church Workers in many ways, including:
        • The spiritual growth of Professional Church Workers and the people they serve,
        • Learn and use Biblical Discipleship principles (a close cousin to Coaching) 
        • Maximize Organizational health and ministry effectiveness 
  • ICF Core Competencies:
    • A. Setting The Foundation
      • 1. Meeting Ethical Guidelines Professional Standards
      • 2. Establishing The Coaching Agreement 
    • B. Co-Creating The Relationship
      • 3. Establishing Trust & Intimacy With The Client
      • 4. Coaching Presence
    • C. Communicating Effectively 
      • 5. Active Listening
      • 6. Powerful Questions
      • 7. Direct Communication
    • D. Facilitating Learning & Results
      • 8. Creating Learning
      • 9. Designing Action
      • 10. Planning & Goal Setting
    • D. Facilitating Learning & Results
      • 11. Managing Progress & Accountability
  • Standards for California, Nevada, Hawaii District Coaching Network:
    • A District team will formally establish criteria, but some obvious items might include:
      • Member of LCMS; therefore, Christ-centered Coaching
      • Coaching with focus on Kingdom-of- God impact (results-orientation)
      • Some training – formal training preferred, but a “basic” training ought to be mandatory (for those with formal training, might only be an orientation)
      • Willingness to follow ICF guidelines (especially regarding ethics)
      • Commitment to grow as a coach
      • Willingness to engage in continuing education
      • As standards become more codified, eventually we would want only ICF certified Coaches at the “teaching” level; other Coaches developed from the grass-roots.