Coaching is a long-term, relationally based, covenanted process between a pastor/church and a BCM/D coach, helping pastors and leaders discern and follow through on God’s directions to them.
Coaching comes in many types. You may find a need for the following.
Coaching Conversation – which is a one-time conversation with one of our qualified coaches. You set the subject, and we ask the questions, you discern your next steps and articulate them as action plans.
Consultative Coaching Relationship – in which you invite a BCM/D coach, based on their area of expertise, to consult with you about a specific need in your church.
Coaching Covenant* – where you enter into a 3–6 month covenant with one of our qualified coaches. The relationship is about your goals and your growth; about you discovering insights from God, about your questions, and your actions. You bring the topics (anything from ministry to marriage/family to soul care) to the conversation. Covenant Coaching is not therapy, training, or mentoring – it is coaching!
*All of this is made possible because of the generosity of churches through their participation in the Cooperative Program. There may some minor costs incurred based on non-staff coach expenses and/or select instruments and services you might request.
BCM/D coaches can also assist you with making decisions such as ministry preparation and ongoing theological education interests. Again, using questions and listening, we will help you navigate online school options, local or national brick-and-mortar schools, and hybrid approaches.
Theological Education/Ministry Preparation Consulting
Consultation services helping current and future vocational ministers from the churches of our Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network to wade through the complicated waters of ministry preparation options in the 21st century.
Carefully crafted questions are used to help you assess the unique circumstances around which you will build a strategy for ministry preparation. A variety of you-specific options are reviewed to help you narrow your choices.
Type of options:
- Online schools (certificates, undergraduate/graduate degrees)
- Local schools
- National institutions