Coaching Forum Kick-Starts New Church Development Emphasis

January 21, 2010

"Chart the Course" is this year's Path 1 theme - and in keeping with that theme, the first Path 1 Coaching Forum launched a dynamic new ministry to support new church development across the country.

The goal of the Path 1 strategy is to initiate 1,000 new churches in the United Methodist Church during the next four years. Central to this emphasis is providing coaches who are experienced in new church starts, to coach each new church planter. 
The January 7-9 forum at the West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee was an intensive, mentor-driven experience that allowed participants to gain working knowledge in seven core coaching skill areas in a collaborative, creative, and coherent format.
It was designed to assist those who want to be trained to coach, Annual Conference and judicatory leaders who are involved in new church development, and anyone interested in the discipline of coaching.
The forum also an opportunity for networking across Annual Conference boundaries for new church start ministries. 
Lee Hayward, an ordained elder from the California-Nevada Annual Conference, was one of the presenters, leading a module on "Laser Listening." Hayward is one of seven coaches endorsed by the UMC Endorsing Agency, and is ICF-certified. 
Also in attendance from Cal-Nevada were Ted Virts, Denice Leslie, Kim Smith, Renae Extrum-Fernandez, and Dale Weatherspoon.