Classes and Coaching Groups


What Group Coaching Looks Like

Coaching Groups bring the coaching conversation into a small group context. It is an intimate conversation space, focused on goal setting, deepening awareness around key issues, taking action, and accountability. Some groups may have as many as 15 participants, but most groups are much smaller.

The right group coaching environment is personal and transformative. Everyone has a chance to be heard. Every story can be told and unpacked. Coaching happens over a period of weeks or months, so there is enough time between gatherings that life has a chance to happen. You are actually learning while you are in the trenches.

Group coaching is taking many forms. Consider the possibilities: A congregational leadership team, clergy women, pastors of small churches, leaders in mid-size churches, ministers in the larger church, clergy in transitional communities, a church staff...The possibilities are endless.

Clergy Coaching Network offers a variety of Short-term Classes 

Certification in Leadership

What if you could increase your impact, maximize your time, discover new resources, grow in resilience, and reach new people for Christ?  What if you could increase your confidence, inspire your church, and increase your ministry capacity?  What if you could start the program year with a fully developed ministry plan? 

Clergy Coaching Network, in partnership with United Theological Seminary, is offering a Certificate in Ministry Leadership. Upon completion, you will receive 20 CEUs toward your continuing education from United Theological Seminary, a Certificate from Clergy Coaching Network, and have a full ministry plan for the program for the next program year. 

Classes begin March 15 and continue on March 29, April 5, April 26, May 10, May 24, June 7, June 21. All classes will meet via Zoom at 6:00-8:00 EST.

Class sessions include: 

  • Preaching for Impact and Calendaring
  • Conflict Resolution and Creating Alignment
  • Church Growth Strategies
  • Leadership Development
  • Equipping and Empowering Volunteers
  • Year-round Stewardship
  • How to be a Good Neighbor (community outreach and partnerships)
  • Self-care and Boundaries
  • Final Project (Full Ministry Plan) We will be working on this every session so it will all come together without a ton of last minute work!

Included in “The Certificate In Ministry Leadership” course:  

  • 16 hours of class time (2 hours every other week)
  • Weekly office hours to ask questions, clarify your plan with your specific ministry in mind, and get any support you need. 
  • All class materials including calendars, frameworks, examples, social media planning tool, worship planning tool, and much more. 
  • Dozens of "done for you" sermons to use as is or modify for your needs, or just use as inspiration, including sermon series. 
  • Books needed for course reference.

Total cost: $2400 for 1 clergy and 1 other (lay or staff) attendee.

To register go to Apply Now Use code: “2022 Leadership.”

For more information email Dr Teresa Angle-Young at




Local pastors & Lay Ministers — non-ordained, and in most cases without a seminary degree — are growing in number and taking on more roles in various denominations. Although typecast as mainly leading small churches, they are landing in a range of positions and church sizes. 

A “local pastor” is a non-ordained congregational leader who performs the usual duties of a pastor or a church staff member. What sets these clergy apart is that for the most part they have limited training for ministry, but have “a heart and a passion to serve” a congregation. 

The Academy for Leadership and Coaching is designed to address the need for practical skill training in critical areas of ministry, and offer these clergy support, encouragement, coaching, equipping and access to resources.  

The Judicatory would choose the 7 topics to be addressed in the Local Pastor’s Academy. The topics might include:

  1. Vision: Shaping vision, leading from vision, an annual ministry plan built around vision
  2. Preaching: Crafting an engaging sermon week after week
  3. Leading into the Mission Field
  4. Emotional Intelligence & Leadership
  5. Death & Resurrection: Autopsy of a Deceased Church & Anatomy of a Revived Church
  6. Conflict Management and Emotional Intelligence
  7. Developing Lay Leadership
  8. Ordering the Life of the Church
  9. The Pastor’s Holiness of heart & life 
  10. Self-Care and Resilience
  11. Weddings and Funerals
  12. When and how to Refer
  13. Pastoral Care
  14. Developing a Year Long Ministry Plan
  15. Being an Adaptive Leader

The duration of the academy is 7 months with include the following:

  • A monthly focus presentation (Usually Saturday Morning, 9:00-12:00). This amounts to 21 hours of class time.  
  • Monthly individual coaching sessions
  • Coaching sessions will be done via phone or Zoom.   

The academy will include 12-15 Local pastors (selected by the Judicatory or self-select) will covenant to attend the 7 focus sessions and to participate in the monthly coaching sessions.  

The 7 classes can either be held in person or via Zoom.    

Coaching staff: CcNet coaches.

Focus Session Presenters: Clergy and Lay leaders from the Judicatory who have special skill as instructors in one or more of the focus topics.

Academy sessions will begin in September and conclude in May.  

Projected maximum cost for Judicatories:

  • Coaching costs: $5,500 
  • Presenters: $200-250 honorarium: estimated at a total of $2,500.  
  • Hospitality: $350

It is recommended that the local pastor/congregation invest not more than $15 per month or $120.  The remainder of the cost will be shared by the Judicatory or grant funding available to the Judicatory.