Kick-Start your new appointment

How you launch is how you will go

“The beginning is the most important part of any work, for that is the time at which the character is being formed and the desired impression is more readily taken.”

- Plato

For pastors, church leaders, and ministry staff who wish to pursue excellence in their new appointments

That gorgeous, vintage BMW motorcycle is waiting for someone to kick over the starter and take off, but it won't launch by itself.  

But a powerful bike like that can get away from you - FAST.  Once you start, you must be in control. You have to find the perfect balance between the throttle, the brakes, and the amount you lean to make each turn. You have to have it all together

It’s a dynamic experience. No amount of training or experience will determine the path ahead. No road map or manual can prepare you. It is a unique set of dynamics 

based on the individual rider and how the tires grip the road. 

Everything depends on how big the motorcycle is, how much power it has, and where you want to go.

After the Move

Setting priorities and building healthy boundaries and relationships in the first two weeks determines the course of your tenure. Your coach will work with you to help ensure success.

Real-Time Coaching

As you live into what you have learned in the pre-work and experienced in the first weeks, one-on-one coaching sessions will help process your new situation and formulate strategies for leadership.

Get Started

Everything begins with a free session with a live clergy coach who has been there.  After this session, you can determine if you want to move forward.  No risk, no obligations, just inspiration.

interested in learning more about our program?

Kick-Start your new appointment today!  Begin the journey with a free, no-obligation coaching session that will help you - and us - determine if our program is a good match.  Click on the button below to set up your free session.

"Coaching is one of the most powerful tools for transformation
available to the church today."

- Rev. Rick McKinley
Director of Congregational Development
New England Conference of the United Methodist Church

The Benefits of coaching

Our coaching program will help form a strong, healthy relationship with your new church.  Our program is for those who wish to:

Establish a vision - work with leaders in creative ways to set the tone for your tenure.
Define a strategy - "A vision without a strategy is an illusion."  Work with your coach to think strategically.
Set healthy boundaries - establish your presence in your new congregation and develop skills that will keep your leadership on track.
Develop partnerships with your staff, SPRC, personnel committee, board of directors, and other key functions.

By working with your coach, you'll shape your ministry in ways that will bring you clarity, sanity, and effectiveness - and strengthen the people you come in contact with.  There's no better way to begin a new pastorate than by working with a coach.

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Days 1-14:

  1. Meet with SPRC as soon as possible to set expectations - coaching for this part involves “entry and contracting.” Contracting involves setting up expectations, yours and theirs. This is a discovery session for you to discover their essential and desirable wants, the deepest aspirations for themselves as a church, and for you to share your essential and desirable wants as a pastoral leader of their church. 

  2. In this early phase, it's imperative to cultivate an atmosphere of honesty about assets, both yours and theirs; honesty about bandwidth/capacity, yours and theirs. The short term goal is to accelerate your entry into the system and go deep fast. Onboarding with staff and lay leaders is the focus of this phase as well.  The longer term goal is to set up expectations for the first 12-18 months of your tenure in your new appointment. 


Coaching and Deep Listening

Coaching sessions offer time to step back and think, the top benefit clients consistently name as valuable and  important to their leadership. Margaret Guenther, in her book Holy Listening, describes this relationship as, “a strange ministry, often exercised in the cracks, intruding itself into the practicalities of parish administration or sermon-writing or teaching…..holy listening, presence and attentiveness.”

Deep listening is one of the core skills of coaching. It is the most important skill because it has the capacity to ignite the mind of the one being coached. Deep listening is transformational because it uses repeating process of inquiry that blends active, empathetic, and expansive listening to drive insight and help clients transform their perspectives and behavior. 


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