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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Trends in Coaching and What They Mean for Faith Communities
Coaching in various
forms is increasing, so it is getting more attention. This means that change is at hand. In a recent blog, Edmée Schalkx addressed “Trends in Coaching2017-2022” and specifically noted what this means for users and coaches.
As one who believes both in the
effectiveness of coaching and its usefulness in religious settings, I suggest
what these changes in coaching means for those of us who work with churches.
First, faith communities will
recognize that they need trained coaches.
Churches, judicatories, and other faith-based institutions will discover
that coaching promotes retention, provides focus, and maximizes use of
resources. With less to work with,
coaching will increase the impact of the work of faith-based organizations in
all areas of ministry.
Second, seminaries will give more
attention to teaching coaching skills and integrating coaching into the
curriculum. Seminaries and church related colleges will add certification and
degree-level educational programs for those who will practice coaching both in
faith-based and secular settings. As a result, more research will be done on
the effectiveness of coaching for leadership and personal development.
Third, coaches who work in
faith-based settings will need cultural agility. They will need to be equipped to work with
people from different cultural, economic, ethnic, and faith traditions. As I argued in an earlier blog, we will have to
redefine faith-based coaching in such a way that we can benefit those of other
faiths. This does not mean changing our
worldview but practicing it. Coaching
will become more theologically informed.
Fourth, as clergy become more
familiar with the coaching approach to leadership development, they will
require additional training, resources, and networks to implement a coaching
culture in their congregations and judicatories. This added support will come
from cross-denominational and para-church organizations as well as seminaries
and colleges. The challenge will be to
assure quality and accountability in this resourcing.
The impact of coaching is only
just beginning to emerge in faith-based settings.