Coaching

UCC Coaching for New Church Starts

Years of church planting have taught us that pairing a planter with a trained coach significantly increases the viability of a new church start. We no longer send church planters out into the world and tell them to "start a church" without the human resources needed to make the plant successful.  Instead we have in place a support system - a community of advocates, if you will - to help the planter navigate the often challenging journey of church planting.  UCC Coaches are trained to walk with a church start pastor and their judicatory leaders with the purpose of bringing clarity and encouragement to the church planting process. 

Top Ten Reasons to Consider a Coach

  1. To get an opinion from someone who has no vested interest in the situation's outcome.
  2. To point out what the person can't, won't, or doesn't see.
  3. To have a compassionate, secure and confidential outlet to vent problems and frustrations.
  4. To provide a clear line of communication between the associate and the sponsoring agency.
  5. To conduct reality checks on the vision, values and strategies.
  6. To walk the person through conflict when it arises.
  7. To implement the Ministry Plan in proper sequence.
  8. To ask the questions that no one else is asking.
  9. To develop strategies for recruiting, launching and fund-raising.
  10. To help balance personal demands and stresses of leading a church while maintaining a healthy family life.

Coaching Overview

Our UCC Coaches have been through an extensive training program sponsored by Griffith Coaching and receive additional training throughout the year.  In addition to having their own personal experience, they also have a community of other coaches on whom they may call as well as our coaching coordinators, the Revs. Paul Nickerson and Cameron Trimble. 

  • Coaches are result-oriented partners, helping the planter deliver on the "results" negotiated between the planter and conference. 
  • Coaches are not trainers, and they assume that the planter has appropriate skill set and training needed to plant a church. 
  • Coaching relationships are between 12 and 24 months
  • Coaches operate on a peer to peer relationship model, not parent-child.
  • UCC Certified Coaches are those who have either planted a church themselves or have experience revitalizing congregations

Coaches are NOT:

  • Coaches are not supervisors
  • Coaches are not counselors
  • Coaches are not mentors
  • Coaches are not trainers

By participating in the New Church Leadership Institute, a church planter has the opportunity to work with one of our coaches for $600.00 per year paid to LCM.  Our coaches have agreed to work for a one-year period for a minimal stipend of $1000.00.  Through our initiative, LCM can provide a $400 scholarship to offset the cost of this valuable relationship.  We are asking that the conference cover the rest. 

After Training . . Now What?

Years of church planting have taught us that
pairing a planter with a trained coach significantly
increases the viability of a new church
start. We no longer send church planters out
into the world and tell them to "start a church"
without the human resources needed to make
the plant successful. Instead we have in place a
support system - a community of advocates, if
you will - to help the planter navigate the often
challenging journey of church planting.

If you would like to learn more about our UCC Coaching program or explore a coaching relationship, please contact the Rev. Cameron Trimble at ctrimble@secucc.org.

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Rev. David C. Schoen
Minister and Team Leader, Congregational Assessment, Support & Advancement (CASA)
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3827
schoend@ucc.org