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Donna Gerold, 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)


  • Group sessions will be held monthly from 9:30am-11am (Central) on the following dates:
    • September 17, 2020
    • October 15, 2020
    • November 19, 2020
    • December — no session
    • January 21, 2021
    • February 18, 2021
    • March 8, 2021
    • April 15, 2021
    • May 20, 2021
  • Individual coaching calls will be scheduled between you and your coach at a time that is convenient for you.

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 — Donna Gerold

Donna Gerold received her Masters of Divinity (M.Div) from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, Austin TX in 2013. She is an ordained Episcopal priest, currently serving as an Intentional Interim in the Diocese of Mississippi.

Donna is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (CDWF) that includes Daring Greatly and Rising Strong curriculums. She is part of the coaching curriculum design team and a Facilitator/Coach for the ministry of Invite Welcome Connect, Sewanee TN.

Donna holds Certificates from a variety of nationally recognized organizations such as Foundations for Christian Leadership, Duke University; Mediations Skills Training, Lombard Mennonite Peace Center; Fierce Conversations, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.

She is currently working toward her Affiliate Certification in Coaching through Holmes Coaching, Crofton, MD.

Donna’s passions are:

  • Walking with leaders as each finds their inner resources to be the courageous leaders of tomorrow.
  • Walking with organizations/congregations as they look for fresh, meaningful ways to be church in a world that is changing so rapidly it’s hard to keep up
  • Being an avid learner in areas of leadership development, family systems theory, Donna seeks to understand how people interrelate and intersect with one another

Donna seeks wholehearted living by “being all in.” She will walk along side you, challenge you, support you and ask you to live your best life as she strives to do the same.

Sign Up Now and Reserve Your Spot

If you would like additional information, please contact:

Donna Gerold
(205) 567-2954

About the Author —

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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?

Contact Lynda Otte
Holmes Coaching Group