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Coaching Skills Training for Ministerial Spouses
Coaching is being trained to serve as an unseen partner with someone as they journey through life. It is coming alongside an individual to form a friendship, nurture them and help them to accomplish life's goals. The idea behind this initiative in the Florida Conference is not to train spouses as certified coaches but, rather, to provide the opportunity to gain skills for coaching and create a network for peer support.

In 2005, the Florida Conference began a training program to teach coaching skills to leaders. It has developed into a vital part of how the Florida Conference seeks to invest in pastors, educational administrators and office leadership. A similar format was adopted, in 2011, for training the spouses of pastors. Not only has the program equipped the spouses to better function within their various vocations, through developing peer coaching relationships in the learning group, the spouses also have established relationships, which provide support and friendship that are rarely found in the life of a pastoral spouse.

The greatest desire I have for my pastors' spouses is for them to connect with each other. This has enabled this to happen. —Dottie Cauley

Note: Pastors' spouses from the Florida Conference were recently invited to share their thoughts about how the coaching skills training benefitted them. You are invited to listen to some of their responses here. For more information about the program, you may email Dottie Cauley.

Dottie Cauley
Director of Partners in Ministry
Ministerial Association, Florida Conference