Clergy Coaching FAQ's


Is Clergy Coaching for me?

The best way I know to answer this is for you to go to the page on site and take the brief coaching readiness assessment. Consider your answers and pray about whether now is the time to give us a call.

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Can I hire a coach just for a short-term, special project?

Absolutely! Some clients hire a coach to help them accomplish specific goals or projects. Continuing to work with a coach is not unusual for these clients because new goals and projects come up because of their successes.

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How long is the usual starting commitment when working with a coach?

Some clients contract for only four sessions. But most often, a pastor decides to make a three to nine-month commitment with a coach. Some of our clergy clients have worked with their coach for up to two years.

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What does it cost to hire a coach?

Because the work Clergy Coaching Network is underwritten by Christians who believe in our mission, coaching costs begin for as little as $70 per coaching session. Some of our clergy coaches may charge $100 - $200 per session. It all depends on your needs and your budget. Specialized coaching for Preaching is more time intensive and therefore will cost more. To help you get started with coaching, several of our CcNet coaches offer four introductory coaching sessions for a total of $175 That's less than $44 per session!  

Remember, coaching is an investment in yourself and your future. What’s it worth to you if you are working towards and accomplishing all the goals that you set out for yourself? What’s it worth to you to have the quality of life and ministry that you’ve always wanted and to balance your ministry and your personal life? Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox! It depends on how quickly you want to see results and your budget for coaching. For those who want to get quicker results and have the budget for it, we suggest meeting more often. If you wanted to be in peak shape as quickly as possible, going to the gym once per week just wouldn’t cut it. We will design the coaching agreement to meet your needs.

Fees can be paid monthly, quarterly or annually, usually out of a combination of continuing education funds, personal contributions and through grants from people who believe in you and your ministry.

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How do I know if you have the right coach for me?

You won’t know till you try. We have a choice of several coaches who are part of our network. You can learn more about each of us on our website. No one coach is the right coach for everyone. And you aren’t the right client for every coach. The best way to discover who is right for you is to sign up for a free coaching consultation or coaching session. The initial session/consultation gives you the opportunity to ask whatever questions you might have about our approach, training, fee structure, how coaching works, and how coaching can help. We may also do a sample coaching session with you to help you to get a feel for how we work with clients.

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Is there a commitment?

We suggest that clients make an initial 3-month commitment to the process. Changing life habits takes time. Research suggests that to add a new habit you must practice that new habit every day for at least 3 months. Since we won’t be meeting every day, and working on strategic goals for the bigger shifts and transformations takes longer, you may want to commit to yourself that you'll stick with it when the going gets tough. However, it's up to you to decide whether you are getting the benefits of coaching. If you reach your goals, you may want to take a break from coaching, or you may want to set new goals and work towards the new goals with your coach.

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How do I get started?

Complete the application found on this site or send us an email at A member of our coaching team will get back to you to set up a free consultation.

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Can we meet in person?

Certainly! However, that may have a lot to do with your location. Several of our coaches are located in the Memphis Tennessee area. However, others are located in Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Indiana. For that reason, most coaching happens via phone or Skype.

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Does meeting by phone work?

Yes! We ask that you block out the coaching time as if you were meeting you coach in his or her office. That means no multitasking on the computer or trying to accomplish other things. That also means setting aside space on your end where you have privacy so that you are fully present for our calls. If you do this, we assure you that you will get as much out of our meeting as if we met in person.

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What if I still have questions?

Please call Rev. Rick Kirchoff.  You can reach him at 901-619-2907. He knows each of our coaches and he will try to address whatever questions you might have about our approach, training, fee structure, how coaching works, and how coaching can help you, your ministry and your congregation. He will also gladly refer you to clergy who’ve worked with us so that you can get their feedback about Clergy Coaching Network.

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