Coaching Concentration for Missional Leaders

“I took your Ministry of Coaching course.  I wanted to say thank you for all that you taught us. I am currently an academic advisor and also teaching courses. Your class has made a difference in the ways I listen and go about ministry.” –Master of Divinity student from Central Wisconsin


Why Coach Training for Missional Leaders?

students2Coaching for personal and professional development is a methodology used by a number of churches, judicatories, and service organizations. Coaching can be utilized in Christian formation, leadership development, and staff development. Clergy and lay leaders may receive both formal and informal training as coaches from a number of providers, but Central offers coach training that is theologically informed and professionally recognized. The skill of coaching expands the ministry of Christian leaders in leadership, group, and disciple development.

The Program

This program concentration provides beginning and intermediate coach-specific training to enrolled Central Baptist Theological Seminary students. Students at this level will acquire practical and theoretical knowledge with expanded opportunities to develop skills under the guidance of faculty. The program will emphasize the use of these skills in missional faith communities, but they may be used in a variety of settings.

All classes are designed in alignment with the International Coach Federation Definition of Coaching, ICF Core Competencies and the ICF Code of Ethics. The seminary program will seek approval from the International Coach Federation as a provider of Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ASCTH).

Students may use these hours to apply for an individual ICF Credential using the portfolio path. Although the primary means of delivery will be in a teleconference or online format, classes may also be offered in an intensive residential format.

Program Coordinator

Ircel Harrison

Ircel Harrison, D.Min., serves as the Program Coordinator. He is Coaching Coordinator for Pinnacle Leadership Associates, an organization that provides coaching, consulting and training for churches and not-for-profit organizations. He is also a supplemental faculty member in Ministry Praxis for Central Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as the seminary’s consultant for mentoring and coaching.

Harrison is an ACC certified coach with the International Coach Federation. His ministry experiences include campus ministry, local church service, and denominational leadership.

He is the co-author of Disciple Development Coaching: Christian Formation for the 21st Century and the author of For Such a Time as This: Aligning Church and Leadership for Missional Ministry. He blogs at

Class Descriptions

MP513—“Introduction to Mentoring, Coaching and Learning Communities in Missional Faith Communities”–3 hours academic credit (45 contact hours)

Course Description: Learners will acquire conceptual frameworks for equipping missional leaders (laity and vocational) through mentoring, coaching, and developing learning communities (“cohort groups”) for competency, accountability and support. Topics will include mentoring practices, coaching principles, group processes for learners to practice their ministerial vocations through guided missional engagement, personal awareness and intentional planning, and peer-group reflection.

MP509—“The Ministry of Coaching”–3 hours academic credit (45 contact hours)students1

Course Description: Through a supportive coaching relationship, every healthy person can discover, articulate, and pursue a plan to grow spiritually, personally, relationally, and professionally. Coaching relationships can be used by the minster in the contexts of pastoral care and Christian formation. This course will introduce students to the practice of personal development coaching as a ministry skill with application in ministry settings. Students will understand the ministry of coaching and be prepared to practice coaching skills in congregational or other community settings

MP514—“Coaching Practicum”–3 hours academic credit (45 contact hours)

Course Description: Students will develop advanced coaching skills with an emphasis on practice coaching in preparation for credentialing. Topics addressed will include ICF core competencies, the ICF Code of Ethics, cross cultural coaching, intergenerational coaching issues, and communication with clients.