David Dent, 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

(installment plan available)
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  • Group sessions will be held on the following dates (time TBA):
    • September 8, 2020
    • October 13, 2020
    • November 10, 2020
    • January 12, 2021
    • February 9, 2021
    • March 9, 2021
    • April 13, 2021
    • May 11, 2021

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 — David Dent

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.

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If you would like additional information, please contact:

David Dent

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