Orthodox Christian Coaching

Individualized Coaching for Clergy and Pastoral Leaders

FAQ for Clergy



WHY WOULD I WANT COACHING?

Almost any active priest can benefit from coaching. Are you a new seminary graduate, facing your first parish, or a seasoned churchman who is wondering about retirement? Maybe there’s conflict in your parish, or perhaps your parish is on the verge of greatness, and you just need a sounding board to work out your best course of action. You might be in danger of burning out, or at a plateau in your ministry.  Then again, you might be thriving and ready to take your pastoral leadership performance to “the next level.” You might be facing personal questions that impact your pastoral work. A competent, professional coach will give you a safe, confidential space to explore options, risks and benefits, and decide on your next steps.

HOW CAN I GET THE MOST FROM COACHING?

When it comes to coaching, your experience, education, or previous track record don’t matter, but attitude does. You are in a great position to grow and thrive from coaching if you:

  1. want to improve your work performance and satisfaction;
  2. are not afraid of hard questions, facing your own fears and weaknesses, or receiving critiques and challenges.
  3. are able to engage in a dialogue with the coach, rather than passively waiting for advice and instruction.
HOW DOES IT WORK?

Our success depends on your success. When you click the button to book a free coaching call, we will invite you to a 30-minute exploratory conversation. If we both agree, we will set up a series of six, one-hour sessions to be completed within the next sixty days.

EVERYBODY’S A COACH THESE DAYS – WHAT MAKES SYNERGEIA.ORG SPECIAL?

When you engage Synergeia.org, you receive the services of an experienced Orthodox Christian pastor who also has been trained as a professional coach. He will come alongside you as a brother and interlocutor, whose only goal is your growth and success.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “PROFESSIONAL”?

A Synergeia.org coach is professionally trained; he is a member of the Orthodox Coaching Network and the International Coaching Federation; he abides by the Code of Ethics and other policies of both governing bodies, and he carries professional malpractice (Errors and Omissions) insurance.

WHAT ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY?

The coaching relationship is confidential. This means that no part of any coaching conversation will be revealed by the coach or by Synergeia.org. (Of course, if required by law — to co-operate with a criminal investigation, for instance —  we will comply.)

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Our regular coaching rate is $450/month for three, one-hour sessions. If you and I decide to increase or reduce the frequency of our sessions, fees are adjusted accordingly.

When you book our coaching services, we will schedule you for six sessions over the next two months. You will be asked to pay in advance by credit card. Every month after that, we will charge you for one month in advance. Fees are not refundable, but rescheduling is very easy.

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

The coach or the client may terminate the relationship at any time. If the coach terminates the relationship, we will refund the unused portion of any fees you have paid.

WHAT DO I DO NEXT?

Give us a call! Click the button to schedule a free appointment to discuss your needs and questions. We’ll also explain our process and expectations. Then, if we both agree, Synergeia.org will email you a Coaching Agreement and we will go forward from there!

Can coaching enhance your pastorate? Let’s find out!
No pressure, no obligation.
By the end of the call you’ll know.