Coaching is an intentional collegial
relationship to support new bishops. It is based on the radical belief in the
competence of new bishops and works through clarifying and designing ongoing
accountability around their goals and their experiences.
portion of the Living Our Vows program places each new bishop in a relationship
with an experienced bishop. Bishops trained in the art of coaching provide
direct assistance to each new bishop on an assigned basis. The relationship
includes an on-site visit by the coach and monthly conversations.
Peer Coaching Is…(provided by bishop coaches):
“a delightful opportunity to walk with God and
colleagues. It opens wonderful avenues for new perspectives and relationships
and invites bishops into deeper awareness and insight. The experience of
walking together enriches our common ministry.”
“difficult, energizing, and
self-revealing. Nevertheless it opens a relationship that may expand our
wisdom. We speak from our center to deepen our connection and sense of
love and faithfulness.”
“a challenge for both the candidate and the
coach. The content encourages honesty, accountability, integrity and knowing it
allows a deep relationship, trust and satisfaction. Occasionally, it requires
focusing, balance and challenge.”
The Rt Rev'd Tom Ely (Vermont) discusses Peer Coaching.