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.
The Reverend Canon Dr. Sandye A Wilson, wise Episcopal Priest, trained in the Coach Approach Skill Training, consults widely with clergy, laity, parish and denominational leadership. Sandye has four decades of ordained congregational leadership in cross-cultural congregations large and small in urban, suburban and rural settings, and wider church leadership nationally and internationally. She also has 12 years of experience facilitating the Diocesan Fresh Start Program for clergy in transition. Her passion is prayer and deep listening as she walks alongside folks in finding their voices and their most authentic selves, resolving conflict, developing cultural competence, strategic planning, re-invention, transitions, stewardship, community development, church growth, developing leaders/succession planning, building children and family ministries, understanding systems, executive life coaching, finance, program planning and moral courage.
Sandye has made dramatically effective interventions in difficult parish systems and leads transformative planning and spirituality retreats. She has been trained by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center in Family Systems and Conflict Management and Resolution, has been a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellow, was a co-founding Wise Old Fellow of the Center for Transforming Churches and has been a Pastor-Theologian Fellow of the Center for Theological Inquiry. She is a graduate of Vassar College, Union Theological Seminary in New York and the Graduate Theological Foundation (AB, MDiv, MBA, MSWSIFI , D.Min).
Before ordination in 1980 she worked in global credit, economics and marketing at Chase Manhattan Bank, TransWorld Airlines and as a reporter-researcher for Time Magazine.
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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