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Certificate in Coaching for Christian Leaders


Coaching skills offer a powerful way to equip others and multiply your leadership! The short course Certificate in Coaching for Christian Leaders is a week-long course designed to stretch, inform, inspire and offer practical ways forward. Designed by Dr. Keith Webb of Creative Results Management, the course has been used to train church planters all around the world. It is also recognised by the International Coach Federation.

Coaching Christian Leaders

This short course is designed to develop coaching skills and will be especially useful for anyone who is coaching leaders. The skills you will learn will also help in everyday conversations and in the way that you work with teams or in meetings. This short course focuses on pioneer church planters and fresh expressions leaders, so the course is deliberately biased towards that setting. It will also be useful for anyone in Christian leadership.

During the week at Cliff College, there is time for personal reflection and social space. Teaching will be delivered via lectures, seminars, and workshops with practical as well as theoretical applications. The short course aims to enable new learning, provide the student with skills and resources for both individual and church applications, and is extremely practical.

Course content

The Certificate course will focus on:

  • skilled listening
  • the COACH model as an approach to coaching conversations
  • the role of the Holy Spirit in coaching
  • asking powerful questions from different angles
  • coaching to develop the whole leader
  • creating good action steps and generating feedback.

The aim of the teaching is to equip participants to empower leaders to fulfill their God-given calling. This short course is recognised by the International Coach Federation as part of the training to gain their professional qualifications.

Participants gain a Cliff College Certificate by completing the required assessment work following the teaching week. Successful students will be invited to the Cliff College graduation ceremony. Students can choose not to do the assessment work by auditing the short course.

A great place to stay, and I learnt so much that will support my ministry.

Great leadership, and so relevant for my work…all ministers should be sent on this course!

I should have been on this course years ago!

Monday 20 March to Friday 24 March 2023

The cost of £375 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support and meals throughout your stay. Overnight accommodation and breakfast from Monday to Friday costs £90, with accommodation for Sunday night available at an additional cost; details of this will be sent to you via your course confirmation email.

Bookings are made through the Cliff College online shop - payment, either in full or a deposit of £75, can be made by card. If a church, employer or another person or organisation is paying for you to take this course, please complete the booking process and select 'BACs' as your Payment Method on the payment screen. This will complete your order without charging your account, and you will be emailed an invoice which can be forwarded to the party responsible for payment.

If you have any questions about this course, please contact shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk.

This course is recognised by the International Coach Federation as part of the training to gain their professional qualifications. Participants can upgrade their training experience to the Coaching Workshop Certificate Programme and continue training to earn a professional coach credential. The Coaching Workshop can be upgraded for US$450.00 after taking the Certificate in Coaching for Christian leaders course. Upgrades include 21 International Coach Federation training credits and other bonus materials. To learn more click here. Details of the further modules required will be given during the teaching week.