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.
Bruce Case has pastored United Methodist churches for twenty four years including planting a congregation in Alaska. He is a leader in his district and conference, serving on various committees and boards. He recently partnered with the General Board of Church and Society to coordinate a South Korea pilgrimage for 19 college students. He sees himself as a bridge in his coach approach, helping people get from what is to what can be. He coaches all kinds of leaders in his church and community. Bruce loves using coaching to help people find their “wow” in all areas of their life. He’s looking for a diverse group of pastors who want to help one another get to what can be in an exceedingly challenging season to pastor and lead.
Bruce’s wife, Jen, is an elementary school math teacher. Their son, Tripp, just graduated from college. Their daughter, Susannah, will be a senior in high school. They just adopted a rescue dog, a 49 pound rescue puppy, named Luna. They live in Hattiesburg, MS. He loves tennis, guitar, singing, reading, hiking, and playing cards and board games.
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.
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