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.
Reverend Dr. Gary A. Spencer is President and CEO of Spencer Executive Coaching & Consulting, LLC.
Gary’s 40-plus years of ministry has been in the Florida Conference where he has started churches, sold property, built new facilities and campuses, lead successful stewardship and capital campaigns, helped congregations set a vision for ministry, served as a District Superintendent on the Bishop’s Cabinet for eight years.
Gary graduated from Florida Southern College with a BA in Religion, received the M.Div. from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and while serving a local church he completed his D. Min. at Princeton Theological Seminary. Gary’s D.Min. research project used the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and James Fowler’s faith development interviews with founders of Suntree United Methodist Church to help them discover as a group what had allowed them to remain active in that rapidly growing church. Gary participated in the Coach Approach Skill Training and has received his Accredited Coach Certification through the ICF. He is also a member of the Arbinger Coaching Network.
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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