The Mission-centric Ministry Coaching Program™

Beginning next month, I will be launching my new coaching practice. Detailed information about the three-year Mission-centric Ministry Coaching Program (MMCP) will  be posted here soon.

The delivery of the program happens both onsite and as a virtual (web-based) coaching / training process in conjunction with monthly, and quarterly virtual coaching sessions with the Senior Minister, key staff, key teams, and the Board of Trustees as necessary over the term of the program. The frequency of facilitation and virtual coaching diminishes as the CLIENT progresses through the program. See MMCP Process Map.

All onsite processes will consist of facilitating transformational modules specific to transitioning to the mission-centric model of ministry. Virtual sessions are aimed at providing real-time coaching with respect to:

  • program module implementation
  • training of team leaders
  • providing clarity and guidance to leadership for communications
  • data tracking
  • problem solving
  • support in crafting the narrative necessary to sculpting the mission-centric conversation with the spiritual community

In addition, virtual sessions will provide support to the Senior minister, associate ministers, staff, Board, and others impacted by the program.

To give you a sense of the shifts that are created by the program, check out these survey questions that are a part of the process. The survey is administered as a pre-mid-post resource. It is intended to both track the progress of the program as well as delineate its aims. Imagine your congregation being able to say YES to the questions. The MMCP is designed to bring on line all of these potentials.

Transformational Shifts Survey

Survey respondents will be asked to answer YES only if the statement is broadly true; SOMEWHAT if the statement is partially true; NO if the statement is not broadly true; or DON’T KNOW if the statement is not relevant to their experience.

UL Consciousness Quadrant (Leadership Intentionality)

  1. Our Board and Leadership Team intentionally inspire and develop other leaders into greater participation and ownership of the ministry.
  2. Our Board and Leadership Team embody the principles of living with nothing and no one against them, and each is obviously committed to doing their own shadow work as an aspect of their spiritual practice.
  3. Our Board and Leadership Team model what it looks like to be the ideal church member.
  4. Anyone who is called to leadership or service in this ministry knows exactly what they say YES to when they commit to serve.
  5. Our Board and Leadership team model the fulfillment of our mission.

LL Cultural Quadrant (Church Centrism / Identity)

  1. It is clear what the church stands for, why it exists, and the difference it is here to make.
  2. Issues of the past no longer influence or interfere with the ministry’s efforts to fulfill its purpose.
  3. The majority of the congregation embodies the mission of the ministry.
  4. I am aware of all the ways our church community is involved in sacred service beyond the ministry.
  5. The identity of this ministry is not linked to who the minister is or has been.

LR Social System (Relationships)

  1. People do not project their issues onto each other in our ministry.
  2. There are no parking lot conversations or triangulation in our ministry.
  3. People are held accountable for how they show up in our ministry.
  4. The support and care of people in our church is the responsibility of the broader community, not the minister or staff.
  5. People take responsibility for their emotional well-being, consequently there is little or no drama here.

UR Organization (Structures, Practices, & Organizational Systems)

  1. Everything we do—every structure, practice, system, and organizational role is intentionally linked to the fulfillment of the ministry’s values, mission & vision.
  2. People know exactly what they say YES to when they volunteer to serve.
  3. We have a coherent, well defined plan for the ministry’s future. People can see themselves in the ministry’s future.
  4. There is always a clear narrative accompanying any publication of the church’s finances. We know the story behind how the resources of the ministry are used to fulfill the mission.
  5. Our membership process is a seamless pathway from first-timer to competent leader.

I am looking forward to working with five client ministries this first year. And, I am especially excited about the possibility of training an in house ASSOCIATE  from the client ministry that I will mentor within the program so that transformational shifts are deepened and sustained beyond the three year program. Down the road, I will also be creating a MMCP™ Certification Program for colleagues and other professionals wishing to use my materials in their own consulting or coaching practice.

I have a lot of passion for this work and my ministry.

Blessings, Gary

2 thoughts on “The Mission-centric Ministry Coaching Program™”

  1. Congratulations, Gary, on launching this program! What a blessing this is to our Movement. I love your survey questions…

    Your passion for this work and for your ministry is crystal clear. Looking forward to seeing the growth and development of this first group of ministries!


  2. What is the process for signing up? I am a member at Unity of Santa Barbara guiding a wonderful Spirit Group of Women. I totally “get” Spirit Groups as the major delivery system for our mission-centric ministry.

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