GET TRAINED TO COACH PLANTERS

8 MONTH CERTIFICATION COHORTS FOR COACHES

A Unique Hybrid Coaching Certificate

In a fast-changing, diversifying world, coaching church planters is about far more than "here's how I did it." What planters need from a coach is the ability to blend a deep understanding of planting missional churches with a profoundly "client-centered" approach which recognizes that the planter knows their missional context best. Merely mentoring or consulting with planters doesn't unlock the fullness of how the Holy Spirit is guiding the planter to embody and express the gospel.

 

The Fuller Church Planter Coaching Certificate has been designed to best serve experienced coaches, and was recently certified by International Coaching Federation to count for continuing education credits.

WHAT COACHES ARE SAYING...

"Drawing from the best of client-centered coaching practices and rooted in a deep and rich missional theology that frames any church planting adventure, the Fuller Church Planter Coaching Certificate has been a wonderful way for me to grow as a church planter, pastor, leader and coach. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to invest in themselves for the sake of the mission God has called you to." - Samuel Lee, Fall 2023 Cohort

"The certification program has been eye-opening on so many levels. The intersection of missional theology, hands-on experience, and practical coaching advice is proving to be a powerfully effective mixture in my own reflection and development as a coach." – Joe Paravisini, Fall 2023 Cohort

"My experience in Fuller Church Planter Coaching Certificate has been worth every penny and every second! The quality of the material for study and in lecture has been top-notch and cutting edge. The experience with the facilitators and mentors  has been unmatched. The interaction with peers and focus on 'learning through practice' has been rewarding and impactful. I highly recommend the program." - Rich Poole, Fall 2023 Cohort

OUTCOMES FOR LEARNERS

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DELIVER TRUSTED FRAMEWORKS

You'll be trained in a hybrid model blending the best of gold standard coaching standards with missional frameworks.

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GROW YOUR COACHING SERVICES

You'll get live feedback on your actual coaching so that you can improve your impulses and grow as a coach.

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HELP Planters START HEALTHIER CHURCHES

By integrating a coaching dashboard and missional theology, you'll know when to listen and provide just-in-time input.

WHAT YOU GET IN THE COURSE

CONTENT

The Church Planter Coaching Certificate features 7 interactive online courses. For each course, cohort members complete a workbook for which Fuller staff provides written feedback.

PLATFORM

Each cohort member can log in and track their own progress in the course. If you're an organization, you can use this scalable platform to train all your coaches. Get access to all the course content, facilitator guides, and instructor feedback.

COHORT

We’ve found planters get the most out of the certification when they move through it as part of a cohort of at least 9 learners for 8 months.

CERTIFICATE

Once a cohort member completes all of the course material, Fuller will issue a professional church planter coaching certificate.

ICF CERTIFICATION

Are you already an ICF-Certified coach? Our Coaching Certificate, which is typically facilitated by a PCC-level ICF coach, now qualifies you for 30 hours of Continuing Coach Education (CCE) hours with the International Coaching Federation. You'll receive 16 Core Competency hours and 14 Resource Development hours, all of which can be applied toward your credential renewal. You can learn more about the Certificate on the ICF Education Search Services page.

Meet Dan Steigerwald

The primary author of the Church Planter Coaching Certificate is Dan Steigerwald. Dan is passionate about forming not only dynamic missional leaders, but helping form them into godly people who are faithful to God’s call over the long haul.

Dan planted a church in the Netherlands, has coached hundreds of church planters, holds the PCC credential with the International Coaching Federation, and trained dozens of church planter coaches. Dan has his MDiv from Tyndale Seminary in Amsterdam and his DMin from Portland Seminary. He is the author of Dynamic Adventure (2018) and 10 Pitfalls in Starting New Churches (2020).

WE CARE ABOUT YOUR FORMATION AS A LEADER

Having planted churches ourselves, we understand how essential coaching is to the health of the Church. But becoming a great coach can be more than you can handle alone, and you often have more questions than answers.

That’s why I love working as Director of the Church Planting Initiative at Fuller, the world’s largest interdenominational seminary with 110 denominations representing 90 countries. As we graduate over 1500 students each year, we have learned that partnering in the formation of leaders is one of the best ways we can join in God’s mission for the world.

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Director of the Fuller Church Planting Initiative

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GET EXPERT CONTENT

Each part of the Church Planting Professional Certificate has been designed by ICF certified coaches to produce positive outcomes. Below are each of the courses that compose the certificate content as well as the learning outcomes associated with each.

Check out a sample of Course 2, "A Hybrid Coaching Approach."

Course 1

FOUNDATIONS OF COACHING

1. Recognize how the format of this Certificate is a response to the urgent need for effectively coaching missional planters.

2. Establish the biblical and theological foundations for coaching church planters.

3. Participate effectively in triads as a peer coaching model as well as actively coach a current church planter and reflect upon those coaching sessions.

4. Create or update an intake process and coaching agreement that establish a solid relational, spiritual, and organizational foundation with the client.

Course 2

A HYBRID COACHING APPROACH

1. Define what coaching is and identify the primary characteristics of effective coaches

2. Identify the distinctions between coaching and mentoring, and the rationale for a client-centered approach to coaching

3. Review the foundational principles of missional theology and praxis, and apply these learnings to help starters adapt their ecclesiology to their context.

4. Identify the distinctions of the four seasons of church planting, and how to coach planters through each season.

Course 3

COACHING PLANTERS TOWARDS HEALTH

1. Based on analysis of multiple coaching wheels, develop your own coaching wheel to holistically assess the planter's health.

2. Learn to discern and illuminate risks and opportunities not visible to the planter.

3. Recognize how and when to ask powerful questions to stimulate growth and positive change, and develop your own set of powerful questions.

Course 4

COACHING FOR HEALTHY TEAMS

1. Equip starters to grow the leadership team and develop their unique mix of gifts for ministry.

2. Guide planters in helping their team discern vision, set goals, and define healthy metrics.

3. Empower planters to handle inevitable team conflicts and avoid common pitfalls.

4. Identify the unique dynamics of coaching co-planters or entire church planting teams.

Course 5

COACHING ACROSS CONTEXTS

1. Recognize how my own context, gender, and racial/ethnic background impacts my self-understanding and my coaching.

2. Demonstrate the ability to adjust my coaching to promote diversity for the sake of mission and witness.

3. Articulate the dynamics involved in coaching planters of color versus white planters, including how to help planters engage racial justice and equity issues. 

4. Recognize the trappings of colonizing theologies and explore ways to help planters both appreciate indigenous perspectives and also decolonize their theologies and ecclesial culture, including gentrification.

Course 6

IMPROVING YOUR COACHING OVER TIME

1. Build habits of self-reflection and create strong feedback loops to undergird the coach for lifelong learning and excellence.

2. Forge the connection between the coach’s own formation and the healthy formation of planters.

3. Analyze and discuss case studies of “live” recorded coaching segments.

4. Fine tune your coaching dashboard and your plan to improve as a coach over time.

Final Project

COACHING CERTIFICATE FINAL PROJECT

In this final course you will synthesize the prior six courses into a cohesive coaching plan:

- Your Coaching Portfolio

- Your Coaching Dashboard

- Your 15 Powerful Questions

- Your Plan to Coach Teams

- Your Coaching Philosophy

- A Synthesis of Your Coaching Feedback

Upon Completion of All Material

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE

Upon completing all work and the final project, learners will receive a digital and physical copy of their well-deserved professional church planter coaching certificate from Fuller Seminary.

This certificate acknowledges that the certificate holder possesses the formation, training, experience and preparation to coach a missional church planter anywhere in the world.

 

ApPLY TODAY - September 2024

Early Bird Rate $1450 by June 30th!

6 Courses on Fuller Equip

Final Project

Professional Church Planter Coaching Certificate

Written feedback from Fuller

Cohort membership

Monthly cohort gatherings for 8 months

Single Enrollment: $1750

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