Coaching  Skills  for  Ministry  Leaders  Training

Use  a  coaching  approach  to  be  a  more  effective  ministry  leader 

This one day training event will equip you to use basic coaching principles and practices in your  everyday life as well in your ministry settings. You will learn practices and approaches to  evoke new awareness, clarity, and agency among the people you seek to serve.  Listed below are just a few of the faculty you'll interact with before, during and after this training if you choose to be part of the online Coaching School Community.  You'll also meet other staff who will share how they engage with clients and seek to be a vehicle for helping people do what matters most to them.

Meet  your  training  team

Felix Villanueva, MCC

Director of the Coaching School

Nathan Swenson-Reinhold, PCC

Trainer & Mentor Coach

Brandyn Simmons, PCC

Trainer and Mentor Coach

Jim LaDoux, PCC- in Training

Director of Coaching & Consulting


Jim LaDoux (; 612.865.0628)  | Schedule a Meeting with Jim (

Our Covenant

  • Attitude:  Be positive, present, playful, proactive,  and open-minded,
  • Actions: Be on time, ready to contribute, and seek to "go first."  
  • Assumptions:  Be willing to stretch yourself and trust the process.

Important  Notes

  • Watch the Core Competencies videos.  Use the password, onedayccc, to access the page.
  • Read the Coaching School Manual. Explore ways to use the resources found in the Appendix section.
  • Share Takeaways, Learnings, and Questions (TLQs) for each  of the four sessions covered in this training.
  • Notify host/instructor by email if you'll be late for or absent from any of the sessions.
  • Use the following Zoom link to access each session:
  • If you are seeking to become ICF-certified, students can begin logging coaching hours after this event.
  • Use the  Excel Log  or copy the Google Sheet to log coaching hours.
  • Consider whom you seek to coach and how you'll apply the learnings from this course to your setting.

Pre- and  Post-  Training  Assignments

Coaching  School  Manual  Assignments

Submit  responses to the questions at the end of each chapter.


SESSION  1  |  10:00  -  11:20  (Eastern)

Essential  Elements  In  Every  Great  Coaching  Conversation

  • Welcome and introductions (share one "takeaway")
  • Define what coaching is and isn’t (definitions & descriptions).
  • Know the differences between coaching,  consulting, counseling & mentoring.
  • Using 3 coaching agreements to guide conversations and relationships.
  • 3 keys for great coaching conversations (safety, process, focus).
  • Educate your clients about your role as a coach.
  • Tip 1:  Trust the process 
  • Tip 2:  Have fun; be curious
  • Tip 3:  Create safe space
  • Tip 4:  Follow the client's lead.
  • Tip 5:  Let go of advice-giving and "fixing."
  • Tools:  Code of Ethics,  Preparing for a Coaching Session,  Above/Below the Line.

Coaching  Insights  |  Janny Franken

  • What do you give/send to a client before a coaching session?
  • What do you emphasize with a client about uniqueness of coaching?
  • How do you prepare for creating a great coaching experience?
  • What norms and expectations do you seek to co-create with a  client?
  • How do you evaluate and learn from a coaching experience?

SESSION  2  |  11:30  -  12:50  (Eastern)

Ask  Powerful  Questions

  • Begin with a coaching demonstration led by Mark Slaughter.
  • Use questions to clarify outcomes, scope and sequence.
  • Use questions to evoke new awareness and possibilities.
  • Use questions to challenge norms and assumptions.
  • Use questions to prioritize next steps.
  • Use questions to build accountability and support.
  • Build your library of powerful questions.
  • Share takeaways and next steps from today’s sessions.

Coaching  Insights  |   Mark  Slaughter

  • What do you give/send to a client before a coaching session?
  • How do you prepare for creating a great coaching experience?
  • What norms and expectations do you seek to co-create with a  client?
  • How do you evaluate and learn from a coaching experience?
  • What advice would you offer about asking powerful questions?

SESSION  3  |  1:30  -  3:00  (Eastern)

Skills  for  Coaching   Groups  and  Teams

  • Discuss how is coaching groups is different than coaching individuals.
  • Describe how is coaching teams different than coaching groups.
  • Practice 1:  Create a covenant to define what's needed to thrive.
  • Practice 2:  Interview team members individually before group starts meeting.
  • Practice 3: Create space for discussing future meeting "takeaways."
  • Offer 3 ways to receive instant feedback from teams.
  • Tip 1:  Find ways to continually engage all members.
  • Tip 2:  Set norms that prevent individuals from dominating.
  • Tip 3:  Suggest possible "pre-work" assignments.
  • Tip 4:  Allow the group to evaluate their progress; make course corrections.

Coaching  Insights  |  Janny Franken

  • What have you learned about coaching groups and teams well?
  • What are some of the challenges coaches encounter when coaching groups?
  • What do you do to keep everyone engaged in a group/team conversation?
  • How do you help groups/teams celebrate their progress?
  • How do you discover the unique gifts and contributions of team members?

SESSION  4  |  3:20  -  4:45  (Eastern)

Facilitating  Client  Growth;  Developing  Ministry  Leaders

  • What types of development do see that leader need right now?
  • Establish norms and expectations around developing leaders.
  • Use coaching to help leaders set, review and celebrate goals.
  • Coaching leaders to listen, learn, observe, and make course corrections.
  • Promoting learning and growth between leadership coaching sessions.
  • Bonus:  Discover 10 coaching hacks that dramatically improve your coaching.

Coaching  Insights  |  Janny Franken

  • What are your plans for developing your coaching skills and practice? 
  • What have you learned about the process of developing leaders?
  • What can coaches do to help leaders create space for personal development?
  • Where does "client growth" show up most often in the people you coach?

Question &  Answer Time  with  Participants

  • Where do you see people "stuck" in their lives and ministry settings?
  • What's the most helpful thing you've heard from our time together?
  • How will you apply the learnings from today to your life/setting?
  • How confident are you about using coaching skills with others?
  • What are your next steps for developing your coaching skills?
  • What questions do you have about coaching at this time?

RESOURCES  |  Items  below  may  be  referenced  during  our  time  together

Insights | Ideas

TIPS  @  TRUTHS  about  the  coaching  process

  • Good questions help frame great conversations..
  • Coaches follow the lead of their clients.
  • Outcomes stated by the client must be owned by the client.
  • Coaching is a partnership between the client and coach.
  • Questions we ask clients must be for their wellbeing.
  • Shorter questions are usually better questions.
  • Coaches follow the lead of their clients.
  • Use "say more" or "tell me more" when unsure what to say.
  • Avoid the tendency to explain your questions.
  • Trust the "process" and questions from the ongoing agreement.
  • Evoke new awareness through rethinking assumptions, approaches, attitudes, and actions.
  • Assess coaching conversations  through the lens of  new awareness, clarity, and agency.


  • Listen to the types of questions people ask: List questions you ask.
  • List 15+ people who could benefit from your  coaching.
  • List people's challenges or pain points.
  • List people's self-limitations when observing their words and actions.
  • Take notes at an upcoming meeting; reflect on coaching notes. 

What's  your  NEXT  STEP  for  mastering  coaching  skills?