Guiding Scripture: Luke 24:13-35 | Vision: Multiplying Leaders for Christ’s Mission Through Coaching

Purpose: Create a coaching culture in the ELCA that will empower and multiply leaders at every expression of the church to actively engage with the intention of transformation in their part of God’s mission in the world.

Just complete a Contact form on any webpage of this site with as much detail as possible. Our Coaching Coordinator will reach out to you regarding next steps.

The cost can be free, or costs can run from the price of a cup of coffee or lunch to $150 per session. The difference in the cost is related to the amount of experience of the coach. If you are a pastor or congregational leader and your congregation is going to benefit from the coaching relationship, we highly recommend that the church bear whatever cost there is associated with the relationship. If you need help to offset some of the cost of coaching, please contact Jill.Beverlin@elca.org.

We believe that anyone who has goals they want to accomplish and/or learning they want to master can benefit from a coaching relationship. The core requirements are a posture of openness, teachability, an openness to reflection, and a desire to work on the part of the client.

Coaching can be used for a myriad of opportunities, including but not limited to:

  • Personal leadership growth

  • Growing as a head of staff

  • Leading as an associate pastor, council president, or stewardship chair

  • Skillful handling of staff or congregational conflict

  • Council development

  • Empowering evangelism

  • Congregational transformation

  • Worship, Mission, or Stewardship development

  • Strategic planning

  • Multiplying leaders

  • Building ministry teams

The initial relationship will usually be six sessions over a space of three to six months. At that time, our coaches are trained to reflect with you on the progress you are making and the effectiveness of the relationship. At that point, some clients prefer to take a break from coaching, while others prefer to continue the coaching relationship.

Counseling: In counseling, the therapist works with the client on places of mental or emotional stuckness, often working through past hurts and relational difficulties, with the goal of reaching emotional or mental freedom and higher relational functioning.

Consulting: In consulting, the consultant acts as material expert, does the majority of the talking, presenting, and the telling. The posture of the client is one of receptivity and much more passivity.

Mentoring: Mentoring is a longer term relationship that leverages the knowledge, experience, and wisdom of the mentor for the growth and empowerment of the mentee. The relationship is mutual, and the dynamic of interaction is 50/50.

Coaching: Coaching is a relational alliance that leverages the technology and art of powerful questions and intentional exploration to produce awareness, change, and transformation for the client. In coaching, the client does 80% of the talking.

Contact your Synod Coaching Coordinator or DEM for an initial conversation. You may also contact the ELCA's National Coordinator of Coaching, Jill Beverlin (Jill.Beverlin@elca.org).

Coaching is open to both rostered and lay leaders. Please connect with the ELCA's National Coordinator of Coaching, Jill Beverlin (Jill.Beverlin@elca.org). She will work with you on next steps.

All of our coaches have been trained by an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC) or Professional Certified Coach (PCC) who has been developed as a Coach Trainer for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Each of our coaches has passed a development process called ELCA Coach Training Launch and are, at least what we call in the ELCA, a Level 1 Coach. Level 2 Coaches have additional training in specialty areas such as stewardship, discipleship, mission development / congregational vitality, and care for creation. Some of our coaches are working on professional credentialing through the ICF, and some are already certified.

All of our coaches abide by the ethical guidelines of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Click here to access the ICF Code of Ethics.

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