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Your Goals . . . Your Ministry . . . Your Satisfaction

How is your spirit? Need a spiritual practice lift? Is your institution facing challenges of growth?

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 present.
  • 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 iin the process of evaluating the first two years of the coaching program and will be offering coaches' training in late 2014/early 2015 when coaches will be appointed to new coachees." We will be surveying our members for their coaching requests and for interest in becoming a coach in the summer of 2014. The cost for 8-132 sessions 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

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