PEN provides leadership and guidance at recent clergy coach training

Aug 31, 2016 | Pastoral Excellence Network

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Twenty-five clergy gathered August 22-24, 2016 at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center in Marriottsville, MD, for an intensive training on “Clergy Coaching for Resilient Leadership.” Led by Mary Wayne Bush, co-author of Coaching for Change, and Lawrence Peers, director of PEN, the participants engaged at least three different frameworks to guide the coaching process and were introduced to some essential coaching practices and a discussion on the ethics of coaching. The learning-through-practice approach allowed participants to hone their skills and perspectives over the course of the three days.

One participant stated, “I came to see if this was an area of ministry I wanted to explore and I am confirmed in this. There was excellent information, practice and inspiration---about coaching, what it is, and how effective it can be.”

Most participants had recently been accepted by their denomination to become peer coaches with other clergy colleagues. Others were middle judicatory staff seeking to add coaching to their offerings to clergy. A handful of folks were recently retired and looking for ways to use their years of experience in service to other clergy. At least three participants recently received a PEN Grant for their work with clergy. Together they formed a rich, cross-denominational learning community which will continue in clergy coaching communities of practice in the coming months.

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