Clergy coaching for change and resilient leadership: A Pastoral Excellence Network training for new & experienced clergy coaches

Aug 22, 2016 - Aug 24, 2016 | Pastoral Excellence Network


The Retreat Center at Bon Secours

1525 Marriottsville Road

Marriottsville, MD, USA

Monday, August 22, 2016 at 3:00 PM - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

Clergy coaching is a trans-disciplinary approach to helping clergy leaders prepare, excel, learn, and lead in a time of opportunity and challenge for congregations and religious organizations. These times of exponential change within religious organizations and the larger world require clergy leaders to hone their capacities to be spiritual and resilient leaders of purposeful, meaningful change.

This training is for both new and experienced clergy coaches who seek a grounding in the fundamental perspectives and practices of coaching and also want to develop their capacities to help clergy in the processes of change and resilience. The training program utilizes a praxis approach in which perspectives and practices of coaching inform one another. Participants can expect to gain new understandings of coaching for change and resilient leadership. There will be opportunities to practice these understandings during the training. 

This event will launch clergy coach communities of practice for those interested in on-going learning with other clergy coaches. 

The overall goals of this training are to help participants to:  

1. Recognize the rationale for coaching for change and resilient leadership;
2. Utilize a repertoire of coaching frameworks and processes; 
3. Practice and hone new skills in the coaching process; 
4. Determine personal developmental learning goals from a coaching self-assessment;
5. Achieve a grounded, practical understanding of the role that coaching can have in supporting clergy in guiding change and embodying resilient leadership; 
6. Identify a plan for ongoing support following the workshop, including a community of practice.

Lawrence Peers, DMin, EdD, is the Director of the Pastoral Excellence Network (PEN). Larry currently works with clergy across every season of ministry, leads retreats, and trains mentors, clergy group facilitators and clergy coaches. He was a senior consultant, clergy coach and seminar leader with the Alban Institute for eleven years, with expertise in whole systems strategic planning, clergy coaching, and conflict management. He has also served on the adjunct faculty of Hartford Seminary. An ordained minister for over twenty-five years, Larry has also served local congregations, worked as a director of congregational development for a denomination’s national office, and worked with clergy through a Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program. In addition to his theological degree he has a master’s degree in Developmental Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. He also holds doctorates in Congregational Studies from Hartford Seminary and in Organizational Change from Pepperdine University. In his coaching, he takes an integral approach that incorporates his work with organizational systems, leadership training, personal and spiritual development, attention training, and somatics.

Mary Wayne Bush, EdD, is a board certified coach, author, and organizational consultant. Her career includes both corporate and academic positions. She worked at Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, supporting organization design, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, leadership development, and change management. Mary Wayne also taught in the doctoral program in Organization Development and Change at Colorado Technical University. Mary Wayne holds a doctorate from Pepperdine University in Organizational Change and co-authored Coaching for Change (Routledge, 2014) with Dr. John L. Bennett. She currently speaks, writes, and consults on organizational change and is on the editorial board of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice.

The Retreat Center at Bon Secours is situated on a breathtaking 300-acre property less than 30 minutes from the BWI airport. Amenities include walking paths, a labyrinth, a peace garden and a chapel, as well as 70 beautiful guest suites with private baths and Wi-Fi.

Cost: There are two packages available for this event.
  • Comprehensive registration for this program is $450. This fee includes single room accommodation for two nights at the Retreat Center, meals, the program, and program materials, including a copy of Coaching for Change by Mary Wayne Bush and John Bennett. 
  • Commuter registration is $300, which includes all meals and materials described above. If you need to cancel your registration, you must do so by August 5, 2016 for a refund, minus a $65 materials and processing fee.

Registration is limited. To secure a place in this training, please register by August 5, 2016. We are not able to offer a refund for cancellations made after August 5, 2016.

Contact: Willie Sordillo


Phone: 508-405-1850

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