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 or ELCA Level 1 Basic Skills Coach Training 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.

This course will give individuals 20 hours of coach-specific training (continuing education hours recognized by the International Coaching Federation and usable toward a professional credential with the ICF) and a beginning set of skills to use in coaching others in the work of ministry, leadership development, and life transformation.

WHAT YOU'LL GET FROM THE ELCA COACHING COMMUNITY: As a participant in Level One Coach Training, you can expect to take away lots of new knowledge that will help you empower those you journey with in ministry and change the way you think about approaching work and conversations.

Our belief is that each individual is:

  • Beloved of God,
  • Gifted by God and is
  • Invited by God into God’s work of loving and healing the world.

Coaching will help individuals figure out what this looks like in their unique contexts with their unique gifts and experiences.

Living in Wholeness:
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

We are proud to have as partners in coaching: young adults, Latine/REDIL, African-descent, Asian, Arabic-Middle Eastern, Native/Indigenous, LGBTQIA+ and more. 

ELCA coaching recognizes the creativity, resourcefulness, and wholeness of all of our partners in coaching ministry. We'd be happy to help you connect with a coach who "gets it." 

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Resources for Coaches

Every coach needs a toolkit. These resources will help you build and sustain your coaching practice. 

Coaching Toolkit