Coaching Program Details

The residential portion of the 2018 Coach Training program is scheduled for:

Sun., Jan. 7 through Fri., Jan. 12

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{Review Statement} The program starts at noon on Monday and concludes by noon on Friday.

Participants are strongly encouraged to come on Sunday night (at no extra charge) to avoid any travel delays on the day the program begins. A non­refundable $500 deposit is required to secure your place. This will be credited toward the costs of the residential program.

Teleclasses will run approximately twice a month from February through July. Each class session is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on Thursdays (usually the first and third Thursdays of the month). Exact dates tbd.


What does it cost? [Review Statement for appropriate changes]

For 2018, the program tuition is $4,995. This includes all coursework and the residential program (room, board, etc) in Texas. Participants will be responsible for the costs of their transportation to and from the residential program. Full payment is due by December 31, 2017. Upon acceptance, you will receive an email from Courtney Hoover with instructions on how to pay. In the event of financial hardship, a payment plan can be arranged.

If you elected to add the “Mentor Coaching” option (10 contact hours with a Mentor Coach to fulfill an additional ICF certification requirement), this cost an additional $1,500. Information about registering for Mentor Coaching will be circulated in early 2018.

What happens if I need to withdraw from the course after registering? [Review dates and %]

Withdrawal by January 4, 2018: full refund of all payment, minus the non-­refundable deposit. Withdrawal by April 1, 2018: 50% refund of tuition only (no refund of residential costs). Withdrawal after April 1, 2018: no refund.

What does being a “coach” really involve? Can I do it full-time? Part-time?

A coach is someone who helps a client get to a goal, or achieve significant change. Being a trained coach means that you have taken some of your natural gifts and skills for listening and encouraging and motivating, and developed them to a more effective level. The Auburn program is designed to train you to be that kind of coach – someone who is knowledgeable and practiced in helping clients create change.

We emphasize two aspects – the coaching mindset, and the specific skills that coaching uses. The coaching mindset involves thinking about the client and their situation from the perspective of where they are and where they can go. It includes having a sense of possibility and a deep curiosity. It is the foundation of the process. The skills are the practices you use to coach.

When you complete the program, you will be able to use this training however it best suits your work and sense of call. Some participants plan to become full-time coaches. Others simply want to learn the process so they can use it in the setting where they already are. As you work through the program, the faculty are happy to help you sort out your next steps.

What is the curriculum like?

The training curriculum consists of four days of in-­person training and eight months of classes delivered through distance learning. Each of the distance classes meets for three hours by web and telephone per month. Every class, whether in person or distance, will include live coaching, with practice sessions between classes.

The curriculum is designed to address the specifics of church and ministry coaching. It will include some theological reflections on coaching, the role of coaching in ministry settings, and how coaching creates the possibility of transformation and adaptive growth in faith leaders and congregations.

What courses will I take?

In-person courses (for residential week): Introduction to Coaching, Creating the Coaching Relationship, Active Listening, Asking Powerful Questions, Intuition and Testing, Getting to Goals and Actions, Expanding Possibilities, Change Theory, Keeping the Client Moving Forward, Creating Your Coaching Practice, Coaching Relationship II. Webinar courses: Resilience and Hardiness through coaching, Coaching for Adaptive Change, Coaching in a Cross cultural Setting, Organizational Change and Coaching, Coaching a Team +supervision, Artful Coaching, Appreciative Coaching, Poetry of Coaching, Spirituality of Coaching.

Will I have opportunities to actually practice coaching?

Coaching practice, feedback, and supervision are the heart of the training. There are presentations of material, discussions and observations of coaching, but the emphasis in each class is for the participants to develop coaching skills and mindset through actual live coaching.

Participants who want to move towards certification will also need to accrue coaching hours beyond the training classes. We can help students identify potential clients.

Who could I coach after I complete the program?

You will be able to coach anyone who wants to work with you! While much of the training emphasis is on coaching pastors and lay leaders in congregations and judicatories, you are receiving standard coach training in this program. As you develop your own style and identify your best clients, you will be prepared to coach in a variety of settings.

Can I get certified as a coach through this program?

This program meets all the educational requirements for the credential of Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the most widely-­recognized provider of coaching credentials. The ICF has recognized CTS’s Pastoral Coach Training Program as an Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) program.

What about mentor coaching?

The CTS Mentor Coaching Program offers a ten-hour training to deepen your coaching skills, and prepare for the ICF accreditation process. The training occurs in groups no larger than six members. Mentor coaching consists of three, 2-hour group sessions where you will practice coaching and receive feedback, and four individual hour-long coaching sessions.

In the individual session the emphasis is on helping the coach get clear about goals, evaluating where they are in the process, where they feel they need to grow as a coach, and other issues that are particular to each coach. At the conclusion of the training, participants receive a Certificate of Mentor Coaching, and one of the written letters of recommendation needed for the ICF process.

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About the program or credentialing: contact Laurie Ferguson at

About the costs and residential logistics: contact Courtney Weber-Hoover at