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.
Dave Dent created Over the Road Coaching with a desire to provide coaching to people who are adventurously moving forward in life. In 2016 Dave embarked on a ten-month adventure to become an over the road truck driver, taking his thirty plus years as a church pastor on the road to see life from a completely new angle. He returned from over the road life not to ministry as a local church pastor, but to ministry in public schools. Dave calls himself ‘co-vocational’. Ministry, education, coaching – jobs not for jobs sake, but vocation with guided purpose and ministry always as the outcome. His co-vocation meant changing lanes into special education in public schools in Wisconsin and now Virginia.
Dave merged into a Virginia based two-year cohort of Launch and Lead, a program of the Missional Wisdom Foundation. MFW experiments with and teaches about new forms of Christian community. It was through Launch and Lead that Dave learned the power of coaching to launch leaders on their unique road.
Dave sees coaching as a rest area on life’s highway. Connect with your core; refuel and retool; map your way forward in ministry. He is an Elder in the Wisconsin Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He brings grit gained from the hardships of the road in his work as a coach. While living in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Dave enjoys bicycling, hiking, and volleyball. He is going to learn paddle boarding this summer. He has four fabulous grown children, one equally fabulous granddaughter and a ten-year-old yellow lab named Tasha.
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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