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. Twanda Prioleau has been a trained coach since 2013. She has a desire to see God’s people live into their God given purpose in the Kingdom of God. Believing in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” she believes there is greatness in all of us. Rev. Prioleau has used her gift of coaching to coach individuals and churches to bring out God’s gifts in them.
She is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and the pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Baltimore City. A graduate of Morgan State University and Lancaster Theological Seminary, she holds a BA degree in Accounting and a Master of Divinity degree. Rev. Prioleau completed Clinical Pastoral Education at York County Hospital in Pennsylvania. Currently, she is a student at United Theological Seminary, pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree studying Dr. Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community.
She has taught leaders throughout Maryland. Her teaching has included courses such as Advanced Preaching to Lay Speakers; The Five Practices of a Vital Congregation; Clergy Self-care; Stewardship; Church Mission and Vision; and Narrative Budgets. She currently serves on the Baltimore-Washington Conference Baltimore District Committee on Ordained Ministry, mentoring candidates for ministry; Baltimore-Washington Conference Health and Wellness Board; Treasurer for the Black Clergy Women of the Baltimore-Washington Conference and Historian for the National Black Clergy Women of the UMC.
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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