C O A C H I N G
clearly and consistently
CONNECT people at and beyond church
ENGAGE people through
giving joyfully; serving daily
GROW vibrant faith
at every age & life stage
LEAD well using new ministry maps
LIVE well by crafting a rule of life
BUILD better systems
& do what matters most
Bringing out God's best in you and your teams.
Surface to Soul is a place to obtain tools and resources that help people live, lead, and love like Jesus. We help leaders align their actions, approaches, and attitudes with God's dream for the world.
We believe that living a Jesus-centered life changes everything. We are invited to be living expressions of Jesus Christ in the world, where we have opportunities to leave a legacy of God's love every day, everywhere.
We Build Disciples
- Who practice faith at church, at home, online, and on the go.
- Who build trusting, Christ-centered relationships.
- Who demonstrate generous, joyful, intentional givers.
- Who make God the subject of their daily conversations.
- Who discover, develop, and live out of their callings.
- Who invite others to follow in the way of Jesus.
We Build Leaders
- Who inspire people around shared vision & values.
- Who develop skills and practices that spark change.
- Who serve out of their strengths, passions, and callings.
- Who consistently act, inspect, improve, and innovate.
- Who multiply ministry by equipping and others.
- Who celebrate people's insights & contributions.
We Build Great Teams
- That select the right people for the right reasons.
- That position people in right the roles and settings.
- That have clarity of purpose, strategies & next steps.
- That have clarity about one's roles & responsibilities.
- That set, track, and celebrate short-term wins.
- That find better ways to do what matters most.
Discover ways to live and lead well.
You're invited to journey with me about the things that matter most - relationships, faith, callings, and passions. If you believe that God is up to something, that God is active in this world, and that you want to be "on mission" with God for the the good of the world, then let's talk about what that looks like in your daily life.
What Jim is listening to and watching this week
Coaching Mastery by Dr. Felix Villanueva
Great Coaching Questions by Sean Smith
Jim oversees Vibrant Faith’s coaching and consulting services where he helps leaders grow vibrant faith and vital congregations through aligning people's gifts and passions with God's intentions. In the past, he has served Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian churches as a staff member while also training, coaching and consulting with 100s of churches across the country. Jim is author of two books, Surface to Soul and Coaching Change, that equip leaders to transform lives and church culture.
Jim believes that coaching is about asking the right questions, at the right time, with the right people to align ourselves with God’s dreams for the world. Coaching helps people discover “what is” and “what might be" as they celebrate bright spots, focuses on their strengths, and draws upon people's wisdom. If you or your leaders feel stuck and wish to move beyond a "good enough" mindset, then consider how coaching might help you calls forth new possibilities in your life, church or community.
Husband & Father
Author & Trainer
Coach & Consultant
- Married for 31 years to wife, Gina.
- Father to 2 sons, Brett and Kenton.
- Enjoy travel and boating as a family.
- Author, Surface to Soul and Coaching Change.
- Facilitator, Leading Well Learning Retreats.
- Lead trainer for Vibrant Faith Coaching School.
- Help leaders find ways to live and lead well.
- Coach groups toward a better, brighter future.
- Help churches become un stuck; thrive.