Professional Coaching

Become a Trained Coach

Together We Thrive is working with Coaching4Clergy to provide top notch coaching training.  Coaches practice Deep Listening and ask Powerful Questions to help an individual or group to discover the insights they have within.  Clergy trained in the skills and techniques of Coaching find them invaluable in any ministry setting and beyond. 

Working with Coaching4Clergy

Founded by Pastor and Master Certified Coach, Dr. J. Val Hastings, Coaching4Clergy has grown to become a global training company for equipping those called and charged with guiding congregants and communities of faith in their spiritual journeys.  Honed by years of experience, Coaching4Clergy equips ministers with the knowledge and expertise to be effective leaders and compensates for the missing skills they were unaware they would need.   Coaching4Clergy’s Professional Coach Training is an ACTP program (Accredited Coach Training Program through the International Coach Federation). It consists of 128 hours of coach training that is pre-approved by the International Coach Federation.

"This coaching training has offered me the opportunity to view my pastoral ministry through a new lens by which I choose to focus on the people I am called to serve rather than the problems they are confronting.  Coaching for Clergy is inevitably about teaching ministers how to build effective relationships through the process of asking deep questions thus allowing the other person to discover and explore their own solutions to difficult problems." 

~ Rev. Kurt A. Walker 


The Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Claire Bamberg

Founder and CEO, Potentials Coaching and Consulting &
Director of Coaching and Senior Consultant, Center for Progressive Renewal
Rev. Dr. Clarie Bamberg

Claire is an ordained minister (D.Min.) in the UCC, a licensed mental health professional (LMFT) in three states, a certified mediator and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with membership in the International Coach Federation. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Claire has in excess of 35 years of experience consulting with a wide variety of secular businesses, and within denominational systems. She brings a wealth of experience to the world of coaching and consulting. She excels in the areas of corporate systems, executive, marital and individual coaching and consulting. She has served both UCC and UUA churches in several states as a redevelopment, transitional, interim and settled minister, and has founded and run two pastoral counseling centers, respectively. She has served as a coach to many business executives, directors and boards, their employees, congregations, and individuals - both lay and ordained.

The Training Process

The program has 2 levels of training; parts 1 & 2 may be completed in any order.

Part 1 (ACC Level)

This level leads to associate level of training.

After completion of this section, coaches are able to coach only under the supervision of a Professionally Certified Coach.

This 64 hour, training includes:

Module 1
Trainees learn to identify their potential as leaders and are equipped to help others develop into better leaders.

Module 2
Trainees develop coaching skills and prepare to implement them in their ministry setting.

Part 2 (PCC Level)

This level leads to full Professional Certification.

This 64 hour training includes:

Module 3
Provides practical experience, expertise, and insight in developing a coaching approach to ministry.

Module 4
Challenges trainees to hone their coaching skills from a level of competency to mastery.

After completion of both levels of training, clergy are able to take the official exam and receive Certification with the ICF (International Coach Federation).


Program Requirements

In order to enroll in the Coaching4Clergy training and receive the financial support of the Together We Thrive Initiative funded by the Lilly Endowment grant, participants must have a letter of judicatory endorsement and a letter of support from the leadership of their ministry setting.  To offer the best training experience possible, class sizes are limited. Because the TWT initiative is a collaboration between several partners, each partner has a set number of spots. 

Throughout the training process, practical hours are required.  As a part of the Initiative, Coaches in Training must agree to provide 50 hours of practical coaching hours in service of their denomination and/or the Initiative.  TWT partners will assist participants with finding coaching opportunities.

Program Costs

If accepted into the grant program, a large portion the training cost will be covered by the Lilly Foundation Grant and Together We Thrive. 

Together We Thrive covers the cost for:    Classroom/Instruction Time (60-64 hrs) Mentor Coaching (12 hours)

Participants are responsible for: Assessment Fee (for each part) Books/Materials (one-time fee) Graduation/Exam Fee (one-time fee).  Lodging during the training.

The approximate total is $600 for initial training and $700 for second training and the certifying exam.  Lodging and meals during in-person trainings are additional.

Training Schedule

Winter 2022 Training - Part 1
Beginning February 1 & 2, 2022, then consecutive Tuesday afternoons through the end of March.
Applications Due:  November 21, 2021


*Judicatory & Leadership endorsement letters must be received prior to the deadline.  Applicants are responsible for providing links to their endorsers so they can complete the online form. 


Application - click here

*You must obtain Judicatory and Lay Leader endorsements (you will provide links to those endorsing you, which are found in the application form).

**If you have had prior coaching training (minimum 15-20 hours) and would like to complete the levels of training required for Professional Certification with ICF, please speak to your judicatory staff ASAP.  There is a separate training for those who fall into this category.

***If you wish to complete the training on your own (without endorsement required to be sponsored by the TWT funding), you must register via the Coaching4Clergy website (