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.
Group sessions will be held via video conference on the following Thursdays at 9:30am Central Time :
Individual coaching calls will be scheduled between you and your coach at a time that is convenient for you.
Steve Todd believes “Coaching is an empowering experience. Whether I’m coaching or the one being coached, I always walk away with more energy and insight than I had before the session.” Steve has been a United Methodist pastor for nearly four decades, including 14 years at a successful church plant in Lincoln NE. He’s been serving at Faith Westwood United Methodist in Omaha since 2010.
Steve began coaching pastors in 2017, after the Great Plains Annual Conference invited him to receive International Coaching Federation training through Holmes Coaching. He believes that coaching is the hidden link between education and transformation.
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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