A new book from J. Val Hastings, founder of Coaching4Clergy.com, helps church leaders embrace the paradigm shift that is threatening to close 6 out of 10 churches in the next 10 years. Once equipped with coaching skills, Hastings says these church leaders and their faith communities can not only survive, they can thrive.
Online PR News – 15-June-2010 – – A new book from J. Val Hastings, founder of Coaching4Clergy.com, helps church leaders embrace the paradigm shift that is threatening to close 6 out of 10 churches in the next 10 years. Once equipped with coaching skills, Hastings says these church leaders and their faith communities can not only survive, they can thrive.
"It's not Little League that's killing the church," he says, "It's our attitudes about ministry, leadership and community." The Next Great Awakening: How to Empower God’s People with a Coach Approach to Ministry was created to shift those outdated mindsets and give church leaders a new set of skills for their work.
This introduction to coaching was originally created as a handout package for Coaching4Clergy's coach training programs, and is still the textbook for the training. With the book's May 2010 release, now anyone across the globe can take coaching into any church or faith-based setting, even if they don't have access to the Coaching4Clergy training programs.
The book covers the building blocks of coaching, provides a five-step coaching model and demonstrates coaching in a series of sample scenarios. Along with additional coaching techniques and strategies, the book also includes suggestions and resources for the ongoing development of coaching skills.
"Val has crafted exercises and scenarios from real-life church situations, with Biblical references and examples of how coaching can work in a church setting," writes Trigena H. Halley of Peak Performance CCT, LLC, "This book is an excellent resource for any church leader wanting to move their church forward in a way that supports and builds relationships and empowers others!"
The book is available from www.thenextgreatawakening.com.
After 20+ years as an ordained United Methodist Pastor, J. Val Hastings founded Coaching4Clergy and has now coached more than 3,500 pastors, denominational leaders and church leaders. He currently holds the highest coaching designation, Master Certified Coach (MCC), through the International Coach Federation, and is also a Past President of the Philadelphia Area Coaches Alliance.