I’m off to Atlanta for a week of intensive on site training, followed by several monthly video training sessions, leading to certification by the International Coach Federation (ICF). The training and follow-up sessions will all be provided by Holmes Coaching and Consulting, a local Maryland firm about an hour’s drive from my home. Why Atlanta? Because the training is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia (thank you Frank Logue).
Why ICF Certification? As loyal readers may know, I have been doing leader coaching since long before my ordination more that 24 years ago. So why ICF Certification? In part, because the International Coaching Federation is the preeminent coaching certification body worldwide. And in even greater part, because the Episcopal Church (TEC) now requires it for anyone providing clergy coaching to church planters and redevelopers working in congregations funded under TEC’s Mission Enterprise Zone grants. So it’s necessary…and a good thing, especially for someone like me who’s always up for learning something new.
The only downside is the cost. Tuition, lodging, and airfare will be $3,000 or more. And I don’t want to have to pass these costs along to potential clergy coachees, who, let’s face it, are not exactly getting rich planting and redeveloping churches. So we want to do everything we can to keep the cost of coaching affordable.
That’s where you can help. Since The FaithX Project is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, you can support our work – in this case by helping to underwrite my ICF training – with your tax-deductible donation. No overhead. Every dollar you give will go directly to defray the costs of the training.
So please give it prayerful consideration…
As always, thank you so very, very much for your thoughts and prayers
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