Rev. Dr. Sarah Dorrance, 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.


Next class begins January 2020.

  • Group sessions will be held via video conference
  • Individual coaching calls will be scheduled between you and your coach at a time that is convenient for you.

Course Fee

(installment plan available)
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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 — Rev. Dr. Sarah Dorrance

Rev. Dr. Sarah Dorrance received her ICF (International Coaching Federation) ACC Certificate in 2015. She has been coaching pastors both as a part-time guide on the Western Region of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church and in her own coaching practice Unstuck Christian Coaching. She received both her Master of Divinity and her Doctorate of Ministry in Church Leadership from Wesley Theological Seminary. She comes with a wealth of experience having been lead pastor in both large and smaller churches. She has a passion for helping pastors grow into the leaders God created them to be.

Dr. Dorrance has authored several books to include “Sharing Your God Story: A Seven Week Church Immersion Sermon Series,” “John Wesley’s Sermons for Today,” and more recently, “One Pilgrim of Many on the Camino de Santiago: In search of Spiritual Renewal.” All the books can be found at

Prior to becoming a pastor, Dr. Dorrance was a Regional Marketing Manager in the International Division of Pace, Inc. She traveled extensively, and as such, she has worked with individuals from many different cultures and backgrounds.

She loves hanging out with her adult children, their spouses, and her grandchildren. On her day off she likes to hike and kayak. She also plays French Horn and has been a member of the Columbia Orchestra for 30 years.

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If you would like additional information, please contact:

Rev. Dr. Sarah Dorrance

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