Your Goals . . . Your Ministry . . . Your Satisfaction
How is your spirit? Need a spiritual practice lift? Is your institution facing challenges
Would you like a stronger young adult
ministry? Would you like to develop more intercultural competencies?
Looking to clarify your social justice
ministry and social witness? Is conflict zapping your ministry?
Would you like to become a more awesome
worship leader? Looking to sharpen your staff leadership
skills? Lay leadership?
Coaching is a powerful tool for meeting our personal and professional goals. It is the practice of support through the process of achieving specific goals. We are ready to put these tools in service of our Unitarian Universalist Ministry.
The UUMA Coaching Program is a way that we nurture excellence in ministry through continuing education and collegiality. Members with expertise in specific areas of ministry have been trained in the art of coaching. Members who wish to improve in specific areas of their ministry will work with a coach to set goals and determine the best ways to achieve them.
The Auburn Theological Seminary’s Coaching Institute proclaims that coaching is:
- Individualized. Through a one-on-one relationship, coaching helps you identify the issues, obstacles, and opportunities of your particular ministry and deal with them directly.
- Action-oriented. Coaching uses reflection and discernment as preparation for action. It has a relentless focus on taking quantifiable steps towards your goals.
- Holistic. Coaching helps you address the interdependence of your personal faith, your sense of call, your personality and relationships, your capacities and resources, and your context.
What can I get coaching in …
Coaching is designed to address the specific goals of your ministry. Using feedback from our members, the UUMA's Coaching Task Force has identified eight areas of concentration that are in high demand for coaching; however, you are not limited to these areas in coaching, and may add a different one of your choosing:
- Practices and challenges of growth: For colleagues working to encourage growth in
your congregations and to better manage the significant change dynamics (some
fun, some less so) that come with growth.
- Multiculturalism and Intercultural Competencies
- Community development and social justice
- Spiritual practice and growth: For
colleagues looking for support and ideas to strengthen existing spiritual
practices or begin new ones.
- Conflict management: For colleagues seeking to increase awareness of patterns of
how they personally respond to conflict and how they lead when conflict is
- Preaching and worship arts: For colleagues looking for new ideas/practices of preaching
and designing worship.
- Supervision and staff development – both professional AND volunteer staff: For colleagues who are wanting to increase their
effectiveness in working with/supervising paid and unpaid staff.
- Lifespan Program Development: For colleagues looking for ways to lead/empower
creative, effective and visionary programming for all ages, including young adults and adults.
- Or another area, of your choosing.
Are you interested in having a coach?
Coaching is available, initially, for UUMA members in good standing and who are in final fellowship.
We are not currently accepting new applications for coaching in the 2013/14 year. The next round of applications to request a coach will open on April 1st, 2014. The cost for 8-12 sessions for the year is $100 - $200 (limited scholarships are available.)
Check the UUMA website for updates, contact one of the members of the task force or email our Program Coordinator Jennifer Channin at firstname.lastname@example.org.