Your Goals . . . Your Ministry . . . Your Satisfaction
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? Looking to sharpen your staff leadership
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 completing its 2-year Pilot Coaching Program, and is prepared to roll-out coaching as an on-going service to our members. Here, you will find instructions for both being trained to be a UUMA Peer Coach, and also requesting a Peer Coach. Peer Coaching will be available to our members again in early 2015.
Click HERE, by Sept. 15, to apply to become a UUMA Peer Coach. Training will take place November 17-19, 2014.
REQUEST a coach using the form at the bottom of this page.
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
- 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 will be available for UUMA members in good standing starting early 2015.
We are in the process of evaluating the first two years of the coaching program and may make some changes to the eligibility requirements, based on feedback we receive. If you are interested in having a coach, please fill out this request form. The information we gather from coaching request forms will help us tailor coaching services to the needs of our members. If you request a coach, we will be in touch with you again in late Fall, after the new cohort of coaches is trained.
There is a cost for receiving a coach. Previously, 8-12 coaching sessions cost a total of between $100-$200 (limited scholarships are available).