"When is the right time for me to get a coach?"
Coaching supports self-reflection, gives the space to draw deeply on our inner resources as the coach listens carefully, and supports your chosen action plans. If you are ready to name and claim your strengths and also to look honestly at your own developmental needs, coaching can help you deepen and strengthen your ministry. Coaching is not therapy or spiritual direction and when you are in crisis is not the best time to begin working with a coach. Coaching works best for people who have the energy and internal resources free to prioritize working toward concrete steps for growth in ministry.
"The UUMA Coaching Program is the single most effective development activity I've undertaken for my ministry in many years. The program led me to make significant changes in how I design worship and preach, and also pointed me to additional training and resources. I recommend it to any colleague who seeks a one to one coaching experience."
"I didn't have any idea that being carefully listened to, affirmed and occasionally challenged by a highly experienced colleague would be so beneficial to my mid-career ministry. I've had other coaching experiences, and this was by far the best. It truly exceeded my expectations."
"My UUMA Coach seemed like a gift from heaven! She helped me stay strong and call on my own resources during a hard year in ministry. It was great to have a colleague who had a little distance on the issues I was facing to test my ideas and responses with a committed listener."
"The UUMA coaching program brought a breath of fresh air to my ministry. Although I've been a minister for 25 years, my coach was able to provide fresh insights and areas of explorations for my ministry that I hadn't considered before. I'd highly recommend the coaching program for anyone needing a boost, or those simply wanting to continue to delve deeper into their ministry or personal areas of spiritual growth and development."
"My coach helped me realize I already knew enough, and was enough, to do this work better. The regularity of the meetings made me more aware of what I was trying to improve and helped it keep it before me in my planning and reflection. And my coach was a caring, respectful presence through a sometimes troubled year."