The Assemblies of God Church Multiplication Network (CMN), recognizing that coaching is a crucial tool for the starting and sustaining of churches, announced it is partnering with Purdue University's Organizational Leadership Development Lab (LeaderLab) to provide a unified approach to the certification of coaching competency. The goal of this partnership will be the creation of a system for training coaches based on a benchmark consistent with the emerging coaching standard as defined by the International Coaching Federation International Coach Federation (ICF).
"Well executed coaching has been demonstrated to provide invaluable support for starting vigorous new churches," Steve Pike, national director of the Church Multiplication Network, says. "Coaching helps ensure that the investment of resources will not be wasted. The coaches we train and certify will be able to help every kind of church leader attain a higher level of effectiveness."
"A powerful feature of the new coaching standard will be the ability to recognize the validity of the existing coach training systems already being used by a significant number of Districts," says Dave McNaughton, CMN director of Coaching. "Districts with coach systems already in place will not need to start from scratch to be able to benefit from this new standard."
Jane Creswell, director of the certificate program and managing director of the Purdue Organizational Leadership Development Lab, says, "Organizational coaching focuses on how to work with every leader in the organization to realize untapped potential to solve problems and increase efficiency. Coaching skills are vital - everyone in an organization can benefit from coaching training."
In addition to the Purdue partnership, CMN is working with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) so those participating in CMN coach training experiences may receive credit toward a graduate degree program.
Pike explains that when training coaches, it is crucial for the future effectiveness of church planting, that there be a unified approach to the certification of coaching competency. In addition, a key goal at the end of the project will be to transfer the coaching and coach training expertise from LeaderLab to the Assemblies of God Church Multiplication Network as well as other denominations and church networks.
Dr. Deborah Gill, professor of Biblical Studies and Exposition and program designer and facilitator of the Coaching Cohort at AGTS, states that, "Coaching is a people-helping skill which resembles the way the God works in individuals to bring transformation. We're committed to raising up a cadre of ministry leaders effectively equipped to use coaching in church ministries as well as the marketplace."
Gill says that the seminary's academic programs for the Coaching Cohort are designed not only to train coaching competencies, but also to provide the biblical-theological, psychological and ethical foundations that undergird a business or ministry in coaching.
For more information on the new training partnerships with CMN, AGTS and Purdue's LeaderLab, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 417-862-1447, ext. 3500.