"I love being a UUMA clergy coach. I love the ministry and understand how challenging being a minister can be. I also know that it can be a lonely job as most ministers work in solo pastor positions. Just having someone to talk shop with can be beneficial. In addition, I love that we model our coaching as peer to peer. What that means is that once you have identified an area that you want to work on, we brainstorm strategies that will work in your particular situation. My areas of specialty include preaching and liturgical arts, staff supervision, spiritual direction, self-care and church dynamics. I am a curious, supportive, enthusiastic coach."
"I serve as a coach because I love helping colleagues grow, re-ground, and thrive as they serve. I have benefited tremendously from my own coach, who helps me think outside the box and call on my deepest values and gifts to show up as a healing and helpful presence in even the toughest ministry situations. And to find the humor and joy in ministry and life! It’s an honor to serve my colleagues in turn."
"As a coach, I talk with people who express their intent to seek a change in their ministry in some specific areas. We explore together the needs and stumbling blocks. Then we see what possibilities emerge in the way of new practices or directions. Sometimes it is a matter of someone needing an accountability partner to make the change; sometimes it involves more directiveness on my part. I enjoy the process of helping my 'clients' to find what is inside them, what is their strength, what they already know or almost-know that will serve their aims. It always feels like a gift to me, to hear these goals into being."
"I’m Beth Miller, recently retired from full time ministry and living in Northampton, MA. I’ve been a coach for over two years and love relating to colleagues in this way. I see coaching as a partnership focused on a specific change or skill development a coachee wants to make. Our work together allows you to determine your most effective strategy and take the necessary steps to accomplish your desired outcomes."