Leading Well

Sabbath Rest

Worship | Rest | Recreation
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Collegial Support

Befriending | Encouraging | Crowd sourcing
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Practical Learning

Rethink Assumptions | Reimagine Possibilities
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Meet the Leading Well Planning Team.

Rev. Matthew Short

Assistant to the Bishop, Greater Milwaukee Synod
Matt lives in the Milwaukee area. He is being trained as a coach, serves as our technology guru, and oversees the Leading Well Facebook Group.
Matt finds Sabbath rest through exercise, dwelling in the Word, and listening a variety of music.

Jim LaDoux

Partner, Vibrant Faith Ministries
Jim lives in Minneapolis, has been part of the Leading Well Leadership Team since 2005, and oversees the Leading Well initiative, cohort coaching, and the Siebert grant program.  Enjoys kayaking, hiking, travel. To support Sabbath moments, he journals, keeps a gratitude journal, listens to music and podcasts. He lives out his callings as a husband, a father,  a coach, and a small group leader.

Deacon Tammy Devine

 Coach,  Devine Coaching
Tammy lives in Bloomington, Minnesota. She is a Deacon, a certified coach, and works with Portico related to wholeness. She finds renewal walking, reading the Daily Text, and spending time at her cabin in northern Minnesota.

Who We Are

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What We Do

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What's Different

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Join us for monthly ABIDING TOGETHER  gatherings

The International Coach Federation (www.coachfederation.org) defines coaching as "partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” I often describe coaching as framing conversations through powerful questions to help clients achieve their desired outcomes. Whether you use the International Coach Federation definition of coaching, or one of your own, you’ll notice that there are some common threads that are woven into these definitions. Typically, there are five elements that “show up” in just about every coaching situation and relationship:

  1. Coaching is a partnership. The coach and the client are involved in a collaborative process that is totally focused on the person being coached. The coach must create a safe, trusting environment that provides opportunities for fresh perspectives and new ways of being can be explored.
  2. Coaching accelerates what is already underway or about to begin. Coaches have a mindset of curiosity and wonder as they help clients tap into their passions and preferred futures. Through deep listening and powerful questions, the coach helps the other person gain greater clarity about what they really want and what goals and strategy they need to employ to get there.
  3. Coaches maximize potential as they move from what is to what might be. Coaches look for and develop the strengths and giftedness of the person being coached. They guide people toward developing plans to move forward, learn from their results, and make course corrections as needed.
  4. Coaches focus on short-term wins and shifts in attitudes, assumptions, words, and actions. These shifts often include trying on new habits and ways of being, or helping people recognizing limiting beliefs that may be holding them back from experiencing a better, brighter future. There’s a heavy emphasis on what clients will do NEXT so that intentions become reality.

Abiding Together events will be held the second Tuesday of the month, beginning in 2021.

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- Carol Jones

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- John Evans

"It's my absolute favorite place to go!"

- Greg Smith

"I love this place! Great service great coffee!"

- Carol Jones

"The best coffee in town! It's awesome!"

- John Evans

"It's my absolute favorite place to go!"

- Greg Smith

12-Monthly Cohort Coaching Program

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 24 monthly cohort sessions.
  • Access to training videos and resources.
  • 6 one-on-one coaching sessions.
  • Individual & church assessments.
  • Ongoing dialogue via Leading Well Facebook Group.
  • Access to research articles & book summaries.
  • Assistance with creating a Leadership Formation Road Map

*Leading Well Learning Retreats and coaching are included in the Siebert-funded grant program.
MONTHLY COACHING SESSIONS
Monthly sessions follow the agenda below. What makes each session unique are the insights, ideas and shared wisdom that comes out of the coaching conversations.
  1. Relate: Check-in, caring conversations, prayer.
  2. Review: Readings, postings, and 30-day goals.
  3. Reflect: Gain insights from wins & challenges.
  4. Refocus: Share 30-day goals and action steps.
  5. Resource: List support needed for next steps.
  6. Wrap up: Summarize learnings; end with prayer




JANUARY | Measure What Matters 
  • Relate: When and how do you take stock of your life? 
  • Review: In what ways are you living into your legacy? 
  • Refocus: Shuffle steps toward transformation. 
  • Resource: Create or update your Leading Well Plan.

FEBRUARY | Do What Matters Everyday
  • Relate: What are some of your life-giving rituals? 
  • Review: What habits and norms are working for you at church? 
  • Refocus: What new habits/norms might you try-on ? 
  • Resources Habit-stacking practices.

MARCH | Filling Slots VS Fulfilling Callings
  • Relate: What do you know when you’re in the flow? 
  • Review: What are you holding on to that’s draining? 
  • Refocus: What will you do more of this month? 
  • Resource: Book Summary – The Stories We Live.

APRIL | Become a Talent Scout
  • Relate: Who called out your leadership gifts? 
  • Review: Which leaders are you developing?
  • Refocus: How will you identify & invest in leaders?
  • Resource: Article – Sowing Seeds of Possibility.

MAY | Position People for Maximum Impact
  • Relate: Do you have a process for assessing leaders? 
  • Review: Who needs to get off the bus? Why? 
  • Refocus: Who needs a different seat?
  • Resource: Podcasts from Andy Stanley.

JUNE | Develop Current and Future Leaders
  • Relate: In what ways have your leaders grown? 
  • Review: How long is your leadership prospect list? 
  • Refocus: Making plans for building capacities. 
  • Resource: Leadership Development Matrix.

JULY | Upgrade Your Meetings and Events
  • Relate: Which meetings do you dread going to? Why?
  • Review: List agenda items from your last meeting.
  • Refocus: What will you’ll do differently at meetings?
  • Resources: Book Summary – Death By Meeting.
AUGUST | Lead From the Second Chair
  • Relate: Is it easy for you to lead from behind? 
  • Review: Describe the last meeting you had to salvage. 
  • Refocus: Which meetings could use a pre-meeting? 
  • Resources: Book quotes – Leading from 2nd Chair.
SEPTEMBER | Create Vivid Visions
  • Relate: Are your leaders aiming at the bulls eye?
  • Review: Is your mission/vision captivating?
  • Refocus: How are you inspiring a shared vision?
  • Resources: Link to sample Vivid Visions.

OCTOBER | Move Ideas to Implementation 
  • Relate: Do your leaders have a bias for action?
  • Review: What causes great ideas to die on the vine?
  • Refocus: Describe action steps for mobilizing ideas.
  • Resources: Article – The Agile Church.

NOVEMBER | Build a Transparent Culture
  • Relate: How transparent is your congregation?
  • Review: Which ministries needs more transparency?
  • Refocus: List steps for increasing transparency.
  • Resources: Article – The Transparent Church.

DECEMBER | Build a Transparent Culture
  • Relate: What have you stopped/started doing 
  • Review: What have you learned from success/failure? 
  • Refocus: Develop strategies to improve & innovate. 
  • Resource: Case Studies in Church Innovation.




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