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Thinking About Serving as a Peer Coach?


What is Peer Coaching?

Coaching honors their peers as the expert in their life and work and believe that every person is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach's responsibility is to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the peer wants to achieve
  • Encourage self-discovery
  • Elicit peer-generated solutions and strategies
  • Hold the peer responsible and accountable

Key Characteristics of the Initiative's Peer Coaches:

  • Engage others in the discovery process of how God is moving in their life
  • Enjoy asking great questions that prompt learning and curiosity
  • Create an environment where individuals and groups can learn and grow
  • Use the resources provided for the initiative
  • Personally loves to learn
(Source:  John L. Bennett & Mary Wayne Bush, 2014 Coaching for Change)

What is distinctive about Peer Coaching?

The Peer Coach is an encourager and partner with a peer who is becoming a proactive learner and embracing the opportunity expand or acquire new capacities. The Peer Coach receives basic coach training but is not professionally certified as a coach. 

How much time will it take to be a Peer Coach?

While the amount may vary, we are estimating the time commitment to be 3-5 hours per month.

Apply now to be a Peer Coach


The Nuts and Bolts of the Initiative's Peer Coaching

  1. Prospective coaches will submit an application online (see below).
  2. A coach will be selected for every synod.
  3. Training of these coaches will take place January 25-26, prior to the Extravaganza (The E is January 26-29, 2018 in Houston, TX). Coaches are expected to be part of this training.
  4. Coaches will receive a transportation and housing stipend for the nights of the training. More information will be sent after coach selection.
  5. Coaches will be a facilitator for a synodical cohort of 8-10.
  6. Cohorts will meet together for the first time at Extravaganza. These cohorts will covenant to meet together monthly, working through a guided process for reflection on ministry leadership, skill development, vocational discernment and spiritual formation.  This will take place in person or online.
  7. The final 3 months of the year will focus on creating an “Individual Development Plan” for vocational and spiritual formation that will be lived into over the next two to three years.

Please prayerfully consider serving in this role. 

The deadline for applying to be a Peer Coach is October 15, 2017.  


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