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Strategic Coaching

 Mission & Goals 

 Coaching at its essence is about change. Within a coaching conversation, next steps are identified. The steps are acted on and real change takes place. Consistently, the client returns to their next session describing progress they have made toward their goal. It is not unusual to hear this descripter of the coaching experience…“life-changing.”This fits the DMin vision of “changing people who change the world.” The additional focus on strategic coaching equips DMin students in one of the areas they feel least prepared for upon entering full-time ministry, strategic planning.

 Concentration-Specific Outcomes 

The outcomes for the concentration include; 1) a knowledge base, 2) a transformational emphasis on being, and 3) doing evidenced in skill training for missional church practitioners. 


Knowing: The knowledge base has the following components: 

1. Learn the basic and advanced skills of a Christian coach. 

2. Understanding the difference between coaching, mentoring, counseling, and consulting. 

3. Learn when to refer clients. 

4. Become familiar with International Coach Federations code of ethics. 

5. Know how to work with a client or with a local church in strategic planning. 

6. Learn the skills necessary to work with a church in the revitalization process.  

7. Become familiar with multiple tools (surveys, inventories, etc.) that can be helpful in the coaching process. 


Being: In the process of the concentration, participants will experience development in the following areas: 

1. Apply coaching skills to personal devotional life/Bible study. 

2. Reflect on powerful questions in Scripture. 

3. Look for indications of spiritual interest in the coaching context. 

4. Apply spiritual questions in coaching when appropriate. Be aware of the Spirit’s direction/leading. 

5. Incorporate prayer as part of spiritual coaching. 

6. Coach in a holistic way (8 domains of intentional living). 

7. Develop a spiritual bond with co-hort participants, buddy coach, triads, etc. 

8. Utilize the prayer chair concept. 


Doing: Participants in the concentration demonstrate competency in areas fitting their context selected from the practices listed below: 

1. Identify and act on SMART goals identified in coaching sessions. 

2. Practice coaching skills with co-hort colleagues and clients. 

3. Engage a local church in the revitalization process. 

4. Develop a personal strategic plan based on being coached. 5. Develop a local church strategic plan utilizing coaching skills. 

6. Demonstrate the coaching flow on a consistent basis. 

7. Follow the ICF code of ethics when coaching.


This concentration as all others in the program offers 4 years of classwork and 2 to complete your dissertation for a total of 6 years.

Students will meet once a year for a 2-week intensive course session.


The cost is $4,759.00/year


Our program is heavily subsidized by the North American Division and it is reflected in the yearly cost.  Additional subsidy and/or scholarships may be available to the student through their own conference. 


“The DMin helps the pastor to hear the
voice of God in their ministry.” 

John Grys, speaking at the 2013 Doctor of Ministry Conference;

2011 DMin alumnus and now an adjunct professor for the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

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