Steve Burnett, Coach/Leader

The Academy of Artful Leadership helps gifted leaders continue to grow through hosted conversations around key themes in ministry, peer learning, and individual coaching. The outcome is greater clarity and calculated movement toward transformational congregational leadership.

The Academy utilizes a “coach approach” process, which means that instead of relying on instruction from a teacher or prescriptions from a consultant, a coach helps to mine the expertise and internal wisdom of congregational leaders. This “coach approach” process helps leaders discern the God-sized things that need to happen, develop a plan to get there, and celebrate with them when they do.

Topics Covered

  • Spiritual Leadership — How to remain a life-giving adaptive and spiritual leader.
  • Adaptive Leadership — Best practices for connecting with the mission field around you.
  • The Power of Smart Goals — The power of setting SMART goals for ministry.
  • Honor and Disrupt — What needs to be honored, and what needs to be disrupted for the sake of the Kingdom?
  • Enhancing Small Group Ministry — Why leaders should be starting new small groups continuously.
  • Developing Lay Leadership — Tools for developing lay leadership.
  • Increasing Vitality in Worship — What one change would increase the vitality of your worship?
  • The Coach Approach to Ministry — How to utilize the “coach approach” in ministry.

Course Fee


Note: The registration form will provide several payment options including the opportunity to defer payment to a later date)

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  • Group sessions will be held via video conference on the following Thursdays at 10am Mountain Time (Denver):
    • January 21, 2021
    • February 18, 2021
    • March 18, 2021
    • April 15, 2021
    • May 20, 2021
    • June 17, 2021
    • July 15, 2021
    • August 19, 2021
  • Individual coaching calls will be scheduled between you and your coach at a time that is convenient for you.

What’s Included?

  • 18 hours of coaching that includes:
    • Eight monthly 90-minute group sessions designed to spark dynamic conversation around key themes in ministry.
    • Six individual one-on-one coaching sessions with a trained coach, focusing on challenges and opportunities in ministry.
  • Teaching Videos and Worksheets –monthly, around crucial ministry themes
  • Peer Group Learning Calls –eight monthly calls, 90 minutes each
  • Individual Coaching calls — six 60-minute calls
  • Certificate of Leadership Development upon completion of the training

Course Leader/Coach — Steve Burnett

Rev. Dr. Steve Burnett served forty years in the Mississippi Conference and Rocky Mountain Conference (now, Mountain Sky) of the United Methodist Church in a variety of ministry roles as pastor of smaller and multi-staff congregations, as a conference director of youth, young adult and camping ministries, and as a superintendent of both the Peaks and Plains District and the Mile High-Pikes Peak District in Colorado.  Upon retirement in 2014, Steve used his interim ministry training for a short-term interim at Trinity UMC, Denver.  He is nearing completion of the hours required for ICF certification and, most recently, has coached, and coordinated coaching, for the Mountain Sky Conference’s Academy for Clergy Young in Ministry.   In 2019 he served as President of the Board of Directors for the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation, and is assisting his pastor with the startup of a satellite congregation for First UMC, Colorado Springs.

In all his leadership, Steve finds a “coach approach” a delightful expression of his inner joy in collaborating with others, walking shoulder to shoulder in the awesome and challenging vocation of ordained ministry.  He even sneaks in an occasional coach approach with his suspecting wife Ingrid, daughter Sarah, and granddaughters Ellen and Ada – though being present with them is the real gift to his spirit!


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If you would like additional information, please contact:

Steve Burnett

About the Author —

Rev. Chris Holmes, PCC,  has been coaching church leaders across many denominations since 2008, with over 1000 hours coaching laity, clergy, denominational leaders and bishops. In the United Methodist Church he leads the coaching team working with new district superintendents and directors of connectional ministry, as well as several conference leadership cabinets.

Chris authored, along with George Howard, the Coach Approach Skill Training (CAST) for ministry, which is an approved training program of the International Coach Federation. CAST has now trained over 1000 church leaders in the basic and advanced skills of coaching for ministry. He also is co-creator and faculty for Auburn Seminary’s coach training and author of The Art of Coaching Clergy, as well as many articles on coaching.

As a founding member of the Maryland Chapter of the International Coach Federation, Chris served as President from 2012-2014. Prior to coaching, he pastored churches for 26 years and served as District Superintendent of the Annapolis District in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Chris and Margaret have been married for over 35 years, have three grown children. Chris is an accomplished watercolor artist.

General Questions?

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Holmes Coaching Group