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.
Pastor Sara Wirth has been an ordained ELCA pastor since 2001 having served three congregations in Montana and Colorado. As a student of adaptive leadership she led her congregation through the process of selling its property, dispersing assets for the sake of God’s mission in the world and launching a Synodically Authorized Worshipping Community in East Boulder.
Listening deeply, she helps congregations and leaders discover their sacred story, unwrap their gifts, and embrace their preferred future. She is passionate about supporting pastors and congregational leaders in being effective leaders.
She is a graduate of Luther Seminary and Augustana University; degrees include a BA in Education and a Master of Divinity. Together, her husband and twins enjoy biking, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding in beautiful Colorado.
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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