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VFCC Partners With Center For The Advancement of Christian Coaching

Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) School of Graduate Studies (AG), Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, has formed a partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Christian Coaching (CACC) to offer professional-level certified coach training through VFCC's Master of Christian Leadership Program. CACC President and VFCC alum (1990) Roger Erdvig was actively seeking a Christian graduate school to house their training programs when he discovered that VFCC had recently established an MA program in Christian Leadership. Erdvig saw a partnership between VFCC and CACC as a great fit. "We were looking for a progressive-minded graduate school that would be interested in pioneering graduate-level training in Christian coaching," says Erdvig. "VFCC's mission to prepare effective leaders for the church and world made it a great candidate to house such strategic and practical leadership training." Church, business, non-profit and other organizational leaders are beginning to embrace the Christian coaching values and methodology as a potent way to grow and develop current leaders and also to identify and raise up emerging leaders. Christian coaching offers a replicable model for interacting with emerging leaders and other staff that profoundly accelerates their personal and professional growth. With this partnership, VFCC joins a select few Christian colleges and universities that offer graduate-level coach training. Beginning in the fall of 2008, students were able to take "Essentials of Coach Training" as one of the courses in the graduate program in Christian Leadership. Through this modular/distance-based course, students are exposed to the art and science of Christian coaching as they also acquire extensive experience in actual coaching conversations. In addition to teaching the graduate-level course, Erdvig will also be teaching an undergraduate course called, "Coaching For Leadership." In this course, students gain a basic understanding of the values and skills of professional coaching, and how to apply them as coaching leaders. For more information about Valley Forge Christian College, see its Web site at http://www.VFCC.edu.

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