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Coaching is a powerful approach to clergy support and professional empowerment. Coaches are, first and foremost, listeners. They help peers focus and listen to their own wisdom. Coaching is not counseling. Coaching focuses on the present and future with no intention of healing issues from the past. Coaching helps clergy clarify their best direction forward and empowers them to take the necessary steps. 

Connecting With A Coach

Connecting with a coach is easy. The Conference does not keep records of who calls our coaches, nor do coaches report on outcomes to the Conference. This is a direct relationship between clergy peers. If you need assistance finding the coach that is right for your, we suggest reading their bios, or you can ask someone familiar with your setting for a recommendation. A recommendation is not a referral. All coaches work independently of the Conference. 

Becoming a Coach

The first step in getting certified as a coach is to contact Rev. Dr. Felix C. Villanueva, our Conference Minister. Felix is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF), the worldwide leader in coaching certification. Felix email is: villanueva@scncucc.org.

The ICF offers three levels of certification: Associate Certification in Coaching (ACC), Professional Certification in Coaching (PCC), and Master Certification in Coaching (MCC). You might find more information by visiting their website at: https://coachingfederation.com. The basic certification, ACC, requires 60 hours of training and additional hours of Mentor Coaching Training. The basic training is offered either fully online or in a hybrid format. In the past, the Conference has offered the hybrid format, which requires 40 hours of face-to-face training and 20 hours of online classes. The Mentor Coaching program is offered completely online and consists of eight hours of group mentor coaching training and three hours of individual coaching sessions. Upon the completion of the training, you will receive proof of graduation from an ICF certified institution. This will be required for your application to the ICF.

In order to receive your certification as an ACC coach, you will need to complete 100 hours of coaching of which, 70 need to be paid or bartered, and 30 could be pro-bono. Felix can work with you in obtaining the 100 hours through your work in the Conference. For more information, please visit the ICF website listed above or contact Felix.