Helping people live, love, and lead like Jesus


2021 Course Offerings

100-level Courses (ACC-level)

101 :  Core Competencies Course (24)

This course provides an overview of the ICF’s  core coaching competencies with particular emphasis on four of them. Students must demonstrate a strong understanding of these competencies and how to embed them into a variety of  coaching situations. This training involves reading assignments, watching 8 videos (one for each of the 2021 competencies), responding to cases studies, and demonstrating how to apply them via various coaching scenarios. A reflection paper is submitted by students at the end of this course. A summary of key learnings highlighted in this training are listed:
  •  Applying coaching ethics and standards of coaching situations.
  • Demonstrating personal integrity and honesty in interactions with clients, sponsors, and relevant stakeholders.
  • Defining what coaching is and isn’t - the distinctions between coaching, consulting, psychotherapy, and other support professions.
  •  A brief history of the coaching profession.
  • Getting started as a coach.
  • An introduction to individual and ongoing coaching agreements. - Powerful questioning approaches and practices.
  • Coaching individuals, teams, cohorts, and congregations. - Cultivating trust and safety in all coaching relationships. 
  • Developing your coaching presence.

102: Embodying a Coaching Mindset (4 )

This course begins with a brief summary of the history of coaching and how it has evolved in recent years. It defines what coaching is and isn’t, providing clarity about the critical differences between coaching, counseling, consulting, and mentoring. This course also describes how a coach describes and maintains a mindset that is open, curious, flexible, and client-centered where clients are responsible for their own choices, learn to reflect, and take consistent action. The course wraps up with a list of approaches coaches can employ to spark their ongoing learning and development, to be more aware of their emotions and the context of their coaching, and when to seek help from outside sources when necessary.

103: Developing and Demonstrating Ethical Practices as a  Coach (4)

This course addresses ways that coaches can demonstrate personal integrity and honesty in interactions with clients, sponsors, and relevant stakeholders. It equips coaches to be sensitive to clients' identity, environment, experiences, values, and beliefs, and use language that is appropriate, respectful, and abides by the ICF Code of Ethics. Students will practice setting initial and ongoing coaching agreements, demonstrate ways to
maintain confidentiality with client information, and create a safe space for coaching conversations. Students will watch and receive feedback on coaching demonstrations related to the initial coaching session.

104: Embodying a Coaching Mindset (4)

All of coaching begins with deep listening. Masterful coaches listen on multiple levels. This class is designed to develop and expand the new coach’s listening skills through practical demonstrations and exercises. Several handouts are provided along with a downloadable slideshow. The intersections between the initial and ongoing coaching agreements will be highlighted during this course. Students will focus on what the client is and is not saying to fully understand what is being communicated in the context of the client’s setting.

Students will learn to summarize what the client communicates to ensure clarity and understanding. They will learn to recognize when there is more to what the client is communicating and how to observe, acknowledge, and explore the client's emotions, energy shifts, and non-verbal cues. Students will practice active listening during this course and will be assigned active listening practices complete and reflect on following the course.

105: Evoking New Awareness (4)

This course addresses people's limiting beliefs and false assumptions that prevent them from living into their preferred future. In this class, students explore their own limiting beliefs and assumptions, and learn how to create a new awareness in coachees. Students will learn powerful questioning techniques, and when and how to use silence, metaphors, and analogies to help clients gain greater awareness. Coaches will learn how to invite clients to share more about their experiences, notice what is present and what’s missing, and generate ideas about how they can move forward. Students will gain insights on how to reframe situations, problems, and possibilities, and imagine new ways of thinking, doing, and being.

106: Facilitating Action Steps, Accountability and Client Growth (4)

This course focuses on helping people take specific, concrete action that moves them toward their preferred future. It begins with building new awareness, calling forth new possibilities, and then designing goals, action steps, and accountability measures. Students will learn ways to review results, rethink assumptions, and re-imagine new ways to move forward that focus on short-term wins and SMART goals. Students learn to help clients celebrate bright spots, list new learnings, and identify next steps toward their preferred future.

107: Practice Lab - Level 1  (12)

This class, usually broken into 2 hour segments, and is an opportunity for students to receive feedback on their coaching, as well as offer feedback to other students when they coach. In addition to student feedback, faculty will also be offering constructive feedback throughout this lab. Students may be asked to pay attention to particular core competencies during these sessions. During onsite training, these are referred to as coaching demonstrations.

108: Using Direct Communication to Call Forth New Possibilities  (4)

Direct communication (responding) is the ability to communicate effectively during coaching sessions and to use language that has the greatest positive impact on the conversation and its participants. Students will learn about:
  • Truth-telling: Sharing what you are seeing from the facilitator’s perspective.
  • Feedback: Giving honest assessments and opinions.
  • Insights: Sharing intuitive thoughts.
  • Interrupting: Learn when it’s appropriate to interrupt coachees and how to use this technique effectively.
  • Advising: Learn to offer advice that is appropriate, and is sought out before it is offered.
  • Directing: Learn to steer conversations back to the coachee’s stated goals for the session or relationship. 
  • Messaging: Find ways for speaking a ‘truth’ that helps coachees to act more quickly.

109: Using Coaching Skills to Grow Faith &  Relationships  (4)

This learning modules addresses ways to use coaching approaches to nurture spiritual growth and congregational vitality, with particular attention to helping individuals and teams create life-giving, faith-forming norms that sustain a culture of vibrant faith.

110: Tips and Tools for Managing Coaching Relationships  (4)

This learning modules addresses ways to use coaching approaches to nurture spiritual growth and congregational vitality, with particular attention to helping individuals and teams create life-giving, faith-forming norms that sustain a culture of vibrant faith.

200-level Courses (PCC-level)

201 :  Going Deeper with ICF's Core Competencies  (16)

The course further develops a coach's capacity to embed the 8 core competencies into all coaching relationships. Students will read and respond to case studies and apply the core competencies in coaching relationships. Students will submit a reflection paper at the end of this course.

202: Setting, Reviewing and Modifying Coaching Agreements (4)

This class will instruct new coaches on approaches to introducing the coaching agreement, reviewing it on a
regular basis, and how to make course corrections to the coaching relationship to maximize the impact of coaching.

203: Going Deeper with Creating New Awareness (4)

This course will assist coaches with helping clients become more aware of limiting beliefs and false assumptions. Students will listen to coaching sessions, engage in case studies, and practice addressing limiting beliefs in ways that lead to new insights and awareness for their clients.

204: Develop Your Client Base; Expand Your Coaching Network (4)

This course provides students with a wealth of practical and proven strategies and approaches for building your coaching practice based on the experiences of veteran coaches. Interviews and online panel discussion will be part of this course.

205: Going Deeper with Direct Communication (4)

This course will use case studies and demonstrations to develop one's expertise in using direct communication in common coaching situations. The course will provide ample opportunities to demonstrate this competency.

206: Going Deeper with  Action Steps and Accountability (4)

This course will further refine a coach's capacity to embed action and accountability into coaching relationships. The competency will be modeled, and then students will be given coaching assignments where they’ll address specific scenarios related to action and accountability.

207: Using Alternative Coaching Models, Frameworks, and Approaches (4)

This course is designed to offer students opportunities to “try on” a variety of coaching models, frameworks, and approaches. A significant amount of time will be devoted to coaching demonstrations and feedback.

208: Coaching Clients Through Disruptive Change (4)

Coaches will be introduced to a change model that can be used as a foundation for coaching clients through times of transition and disruption.

209: Coaching Clients Through Conflict (4)

Participants will learn about conflict management styles and gain practical and proven approaches and strategies that lead to breakthroughs in conflicted situations. Some reading assignments must be completed before the start of this course.

210: Practice Lab - Level 2  (12)

This class, usually broken into 2 hour segments, and is an opportunity for students to receive feedback on their coaching, as well as offer feedback to other students when they coach. In addition to student feedback, faculty will also be offering constructive feedback throughout this lab. Students may be asked to pay attention to particular core competencies during these sessions. During onsite training, these are referred to as coaching demonstrations.

211: Practice Lab - Advanced Group Coaching  (8)

Group Coaching Practice Lab is an opportunity for students to experience being part of group coaching as well as practice being a group coach. This course is highly experiential and will include demonstrations related to coaching a team of paid staff, elected church leaders, and a community-based task force.

300-level Mentor Coaching  Courses  

What is Mentor Coaching?

Mentor Coaching is about a student being coached on their coaching skills rather than on practice building, life balance or other topics unrelated to the development of a student’s coaching skill. Mentoring is intended to serve as a development process for the student that takes place in a repetitive cycle of receiving feedback regarding student coaching, reflecting on this feedback and practicing new skills. The focus must be on the development of skills using the ICF Core Competencies


The Vibrant Faith Coaching School offers 10 hours of Mentor Coaching. These 10 hours are integrated into
the total coaching curriculum and occur periodically throughout the course of the training. The Mentor Coaching hours are divided into seven (hours) of Group Mentor Coaching and three (3) hours of Individual Mentor Coaching.

Group Mentor Coaching

During Group Mentor Coaching everyone coaches and everyone is coached. Students review the ICF Coaching Core Competencies before and during each Mentor Coaching session. Prior to their Mentor Coaching session, each student selects which competency they would like to highlight. Although every core competency is assessed, the particular competency the students selects is emphasized during the feedback process. Students receive feedback from both, their peers and the mentor coach. The mentor coach also provides an assessment on the level of coaching (ACC, PCC, MCC).

Individual Mentor Coaching

The goal of these sessions is to assist students in honing their coaching skills. Usually, the final individual session is reserved to evaluate a recording of their coaching, which could be used as an ICF certification requirement.


Per ICF policy Mentor Coaching CANNOT be completed in LESS THAN 90 DA

400-level Elective Courses 

401 :  Coaching Individuals, Teams, Cohorts, and  Congregations (4)

Provide insights into the specific needs and desired outcome of each target audience along with some potential red flags to watch for in each of these unique settings. The course also addresses how each setting requires different approaches to the pre-work and facilitation process. This class is designed to help leaders understand that they can effectively utilize coaching skills to impact their professional and personal settings in a powerful and positive way. Leaders will walk away from this class with practical steps for how to implement coaching in their daily lives and improve their leadership effectiveness.

402: Addressing Common Coaching Scenarios (4)

Provides a basic understanding of nine common coaching situations experienced as a coach in a variety of settings. While coaching of each person or group is unique, there are common themes and approaches that provide the coach with a framework from which to craft a coach approach to leadership. Scenarios addressed during this training include coaching people who are: 1) seeking to enhance personal relationships, 2) seeking better health, 3) starting as a new business or non-profit executive, 4) navigating life/career transitions, 5) mired in conflicted situations, 6) seeking to create a personal or professional development plan, 7) seeking to overcome an area of “stuckness” or sabotage in their life.

403: Developing a Strong Personal Foundation for Coaching (4)

Provides the coach with insights, ideas, and a plan for developing concrete steps for growing as a masterful coach. Your facilitator will infuse the conversation with short-video clips from other coaches, share their plans or road map on ways that they are developing themselves and their coaching business, and help participants identify their next steps as a lifelong learner. Students will be coached, and coach others, on how to develop a strong personal foundation for ongoing coaching success.

404: Developing a Plan for Marketing Your Coaching Services (4)

Provides students with insights on branding yourself as a coach, which types of coaching services to provide, a list of the essentials tools needs to promote your services, strategies for raising people’s awareness of your services, and ways to broaden your network of people who could refer others to you.

405: Coaching Tools to Support Masterful Coaching (4)

This class highlights 10 key tools designed to help coaches learn about coachees, gather important information from the client, raise powerful questions, clarify expectations and next steps, and evaluate the coaching experiences. Participants will also receive a 56-page Coaching Toolkit that will have other helpful resources.

406: The Supervisor as Coach (4)

This course explores how to apply coaching skills and approaches workplace settings where one serves as a supervisor. Specific items to be addressed include:
  • Exploring key components of effective goals
  • Addressing the apparent conflict of one person being
    both supervisor and coach
  • Applying the 8 ICF core competencies
  • Developing powerful questions for content-rich coaching
  • Addressing the challenges of the coaching relationship
    and coaching agreement, as both supervisor and coach
  • Building techniques to fortify Action and Accountability

This course includes case studies, coaching demonstrations, reading assignments, and a buddy coach (the buddy coach will be assigned).

407: Marketing Your Coaching Practice (4)

Effective marketing and selling of your coaching services starts with selecting and defining a target market that you are passionate about, developing a clear definition of the type of coaching services you provide, and articulating why you are the best solution to meet your potential clients’ needs. This is critical because when clients look for help, they don’t look for a coach. They look for a solution to solve a specific challenge they are facing. You will work on practical exercises to help you put a stake in the ground regarding how you define your coaching practice.
  • WHOM do you serve?
  • WHAT TYPE of coaching services do you provide?
  • WHY are you the best choice?

These are also some of the most important and hardest decisions because they require choosing the types of clients you want to attract the most. However, next time someone asks, “What do you do?” you’ll be ready.

By clearly defining your coaching practice you will be more effective in:
  • Attracting the clients that are a good fit for the coaching services you provide
  • Unifying and focusing your marketing efforts.
  • Defining your coaching practice, which is the foundation for creating a consistent identity and voice across your marketing materials: your business card, website, social media, brochures, newsletters, blog, etc.
  • Increasing your value as an expert specializing in your clients’ needs.
  • Becoming more articulate and persuasive in selling your services.
  • Making it easy for your clients to refer you to others.
  • Creating a platform for future products and services to build your business.

408: Coaching for Leadership Transformation (4)

This class will look at key aspects of Leadership Transformation, considering first...”What is transformational leadership?” The key aspects of a transformational leader will be covered, as we realize the power of coaching around the transformation of those we lead. Transformational leaders lead by example, inspiring others for the greater good. Those coached by such a leader are empowered, having a sense of autonomy. Transformational leaders also equip those they coach to make decisions with confidence. This will be a time to learn more about ourselves and how to best lead those on our team to advance toward common goals.

409: Coaching Small Groups and Life Groups (4)

This class will focus on how coaching can bring new perspective and energy into your group ministry by moving from a teacher/student model to a coaching model. Participants in this class will take away practices on ways to use coaching skills to create effective small group experiences.

410: Coaching Spiritual Vitality in Congregations (4)

This course addresses ways a coach can help church leaders assess the impact of their faith-forming activities and then re- imagine ways that faith might be formed at church, at home, online, and in the community. Participants will also explore ways to evoke new awareness for fostering spiritual faith at and beyond the congregation.

411: Coaching Rich  Relationships in Congregations (4)

What do authentic, intergenerational relationships look like? How might a church create a culture that fosters deep relationships centered around what matters most in their lives? How might a coach help facilitate conversations that don’t result in doing more of what we’ve already done, but instead lead to new understandings and approaches for connecting deeply with others?

Using many of the core coaching competencies, and a series of case studies, we’ll explore ways to coach people beyond self-imposed limitations and falling into assumptions, and into new awareness that leads to life-giving, loving relationships.

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