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.
Dr. Norma Quinn entered the ministry in answer to God’s call to bring wholeness to people wherever she could. Previously she spent several years in public accounting, and in private enterprises such as a financial advisor and accountant. She has combined her business background with a desire to help people live out their Kingdom potential. Norma has served the United Methodist Church in large and medium-sized churches, and has successfully led congregations through financial campaigns, and multi-million-dollar capital campaigns that were only possible through the leading and empowerment of the Holy Spirit. As Senior Pastor, her vision always was to help individuals and congregations see what joy there is in generosity and allowing God to direct the process. After serving as the Conference Treasurer for the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church, Norma retired from the Conference and is devoting her attention full time to her ministry at Horizons. Her heart is in helping bring about health in congregations as they live out their call.
Norma earned her Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University and Doctorate of Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation.
She and her husband Bryant have three grown children and three adorable grandsons. They reside in Granbury, Texas.
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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