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

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? Looking to sharpen your staff leadership skills?


Coaching is a powerful tool for meeting our personal and professional goals. The UUMA Coaching Program is a way we will be able to nurture excellence in ministry through continuing education and collegiality.

UUMA Peer Coaches work one-on-one with colleagues over a one-year timespan to help them achieve specific professional goals to take their ministries to the next level. Unlike Mentoring, which offers general guidance to ministers in formation, Coaching is especially powerful for ministers who have been in their ministry settings long enough to have identified specific areas for improvement, but may feel stuck – Peer Coaches provide accountability, encouragement, and structured conversation to get them out of that rut.

The UUMA is currently accepting requests from members in Final Fellowship to get a Peer Coach starting in Fall 2015. Please fill out the form on the bottom of this page by August 15, 2015 to request a UUMA Peer Coach. 

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. In the past two years, UUMA members have sought coaching in the following areas. However, it is up to you to choose your own goals. We recommend using Fulfilling the Call to help identify your goals.

  • 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 for UUMA members in good standing and in Final Fellowship. The deadline to apply for a coach in this round is August 15, 2015. 

There is a cost for receiving a coach. Previously, 8-12 coaching sessions cost a total of between $100-$200 (limited scholarships are available). 




Please choose up to 3 skills or duties of ministry that you would like to work on through coaching. We recommend referring to Fulfilling the Call to help identify areas for coaching:
Hover over each category for a full description.

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