Please click on the Take Action link and fill out the form. The MetroDC Coaches Coaching Coordinator will reach out to you quickly on next steps.
How much will it cost me?
Costs can run from the price of a cup of coffee or lunch to $150 per session. The difference in the cost is related to the amount of experience of the coach. If you are a pastor or congregational leader and your congregation is going to benefit from the coaching relationship, we highly recommend that the church bear whatever cost there is associated with the relationship. If you need help to offset some of the cost of coaching, please contact either Pastor Nathan Swenson-Reinhold (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Phil Hirsch, Assistant to the Bishop and DEM (email@example.com).
Do I need coaching?
We believe that anyone who has goals she wants to accomplish and learning she wants to master can benefit from a coaching relationship. The core requirements are a posture of openness, teachability, an openness to reflection, and a desire to work on the part of the client.
How long is a coaching relationship?
The initial relationship will be five to six sessions over a space of three to six months. At that time, our coaches are trained to reflect with you on the progress you are making and the effectiveness of the relationship. At that point, some clients prefer to take a break from coaching for a while, and others prefer to continue the coaching relationship.
I have additional questions. Who can I talk to?
Please contact the MetroDC Coaches Coaching Coordinator, Pastor Nathan Swenson-Reinhold at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can simply fill out the Contact Form. He will set up a time with you to speak either over the phone, through SKYPE or FaceTime, or in person.
What’s the difference between coaching, counseling, consulting, and mentoring?
Counseling: In counseling, the therapist works with the client on places of mental or emotional stuckness, often working through past hurts and relational difficulties with the goal of reaching emotional or mental freedom and higher relational functioning.
Consulting: In consulting, the consultant acts as material expert, does the majority of the talking, presenting, and the telling. The posture of the client is one of receptivity and much more passivity.
Mentoring: Mentoring is a longer term relationship that leverages the knowledge, experience, and wisdom of the mentor for the growth and empowerment of the mentee. The relationship is mutual and the dynamic of interaction is 50/50.
Coaching: Coaching is a relational alliance that leverages the technology and art of powerful questions and intentional exploration to produce awareness, change, and transformation for the client. In coaching, the client does 70% of the talking.
I’m interested in coach training to improve my congregational leadership. What next?
Check the Resources tab on this website for upcoming ELCA Launch Coach Training options either in the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod, or across the ELCA.
I’m interested in becoming a MetroDC Coaches coach. What next?
I’m not a pastor, but I’d like a coach. Can I have a coach too?
Yes! We believe the church needs effective leaders, both clergy and lay. Coaching can powerfully effect the context you lead in whether you are a pastor, a lay ministry professional, or an unpaid leader in your congregation such as Council President, or Stewardship Chair.
What kind of training do our MetroDC coaches have?
All of our coaches have been trained by an International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach who has been developed as a Coach Trainer for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Each of our coaches has passed a development process called ELCA Launch and are at least what we call in the ELCA a Level 1 Coach. Level 2 Coaches have additional training in specialty areas such as leadership, discipleship, congregational development, and congregational redevelopment. Two of our coaches in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod have professional credentialing through the International Coach Federation.
What other things do I need to know about MetroDC Coaches?
All of our coaches abide by the ethical guidelines of the International Coach Federation. To read those guidelines, simply click here.