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Clergy Coaching Starts on the Pulaski District
Is coaching the next wave for helping to create and maintain effective pastors?
The Center for Church Leadership at Martin Methodist College wants to find out, and so, with financial help from Rick Kirchoff, co-director of the clergy coaching network at the Methodist Healthcare Center of Excellence in Memphis, and Jim Beatty, Pulaski District DS, seven pastors from the Pulaski District began a nine-month journey of clergy coaching.
The project is being led by the Rev. Dr. Jim Robey, a UM elder from Alabama West Florida Conference who is founder of Attentional Growth Inc., and a professional certified coach. The seven pastors met for the only face to face meeting on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Martin Methodist College and then will come together every month via technology for a three-hour “coaching” session. The seven participants, representing elders and both part-time and full-time pastors, will each have a monthly individual session with Dr. Robey as well.
Dr. Ed Trimmer, executive director of the Center for Church Leadership, is looking to see what tangible outcomes may come from this “new” method of helping clergy become all that God has called them to be.