Chris Holmes, PCC
In 2008 the International Coaching Federation (ICF) credentialed Chris Holmes a Professional Coach (PCC), and the United Methodist Church endorsed Chris for the ministry of coaching in 2009. He is a pastor with 26 years of experience serving small to large churches and has seven year serving as District Superintendent in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church.
In 2012 Chris began working as a full-time coach and coach-trainer across several denominations, and serving on the coach training faculty of Auburn Seminary. Chris has over 1000 hours of coaching pastors in a variety of settings.
Coaching is the art of coming along side a pastor, helping the pastor get sharply focused on what needs to happen and then helping them move purposefully forward toward those goals. I coach the being of the person as well as their ministry goals. Coaching is different from consulting in that the pastor is seen as the expert in his/her ministry setting, not the consultant. The coach then offers a process of exploration based on evoking spiritual imagination, rather than bringing prescriptive answers from outside the context.”
Chris co-authored the Coach Approach Skills Training (CAST) manuals used in the training of Bishops/District Superintendents/Leaders in basic coaching skills and has written numerous articles on coaching. He is the President of the I CF-Maryland Chapter, a founding member of the Methodist Coaching Connection.
Chris and Margaret have been married for more than thirty years and have three grown children. Chris is also a watercolor artist with paintings, prints, and posters for sale in a variety of galleries and stores.
Chris has developed the real gift of careful listening and reflective questioning – both essential to our spiritual development and our practice of leadership with others. We grow as persons and leaders through challenge, transparency and continual learning, all of these outgrowths of coaching from one who listens and questions with care.
Chris Holmes is an excellent coach for persons in leadership, and the Holmes Coaching Group is outstanding in training people to become coaches.
Chris Holmes’ work with our clergy, both to introduce the art of coaching to the entire group and then to work with a smaller group who became coaches themselves, has helped transform the clerical culture of our diocese from being competitively wary of one another to being collaborative and supportive. I could not have hoped for a better outcome. Coaching works and it changes the culture positively.
The coach training that Chris Holmes offers has been right on target for our diverse group of trainees. The material is flexible and offers that space to explore the ways people from different cultures relate, and how to most effectively coach them.
Chris Holmes is passionate about equipping leaders to equip leaders and it is reflective in his training. The training I received continues to be a valuable asset to my ministry. I believe coaching is an art and Chris has perfected the art of coaching.
In addition to his outstanding skills as a coach and trainer, Chris is a strong, effective, and compassionate leader. He became president of ICF MD in its infancy and brought the chapter to new heights. Chris is a professional who cares deeply about his work, his clients and his colleagues.