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.
Rev. Angela Cipolla first became passionate about coaching through a training program offered by the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. When she learned about the Holmes Coaching Group, she jumped at the chance to enhance her training and attended the CAST training in October 2019. She continued her training through the Mentor Training program in January 2020.
Angie is a native of New Hampshire, though she currently works and resides in the Diocese of New Jersey where she has served as the Priest-In-Charge at Trinity Episcopal Church in Woodbridge since 2015. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from St. Joseph’s College of Maine in December 2004, and a Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York in May 2014. She was ordained to the priesthood in February 2015. In 2018, she completed the yearlong certificate program in Appreciative Transitional Ministry from the Clergy Leadership Institute.
During seminary, Angie served as a chaplain intern for the FDNY, where she provided pastoral care to EMS members and firefighters. She has served on the board of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, a nationwide network to address the effects of addiction in relation to the church’s mission. In seminary, she chaired a group focusing on LGBT issues. In 2014, she received a President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership in recognition of her roles.
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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