The one-day coaching intensive is designed to help leaders use coaching principles and practices to accelerate learning and transformation in people’s lives and ministries. The course will provide leaders with the skills and tools to frame conversations in ways that lead to new awareness, new actions, and new learnings.
Participants will learn what coaching is and isn’t, how to set appropriate norms and expectations for coaching, and how to facilitate coaching conversations that address what’s most important in people’s lives.
This training will also address the differences between coaching individuals, groups, and organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to be coaches, clients, and observers during one or more of the sessions.
Denise Utter splits her time living in Chicago, IL and Union Pier, MI. She is a freelance consultant, writer, and a speaker—she’s been coaching with Vibrant Faith since 2018. She has worked in ministry and education for 30 years, and her work in parish and diocesan ministries inform her work today. She loves to inspire parish and diocesan leaders to reimagine faith formation, put families at the center of faith, and provide innovative approaches to faith formation. She invites leaders to view the formation of parents from the perspective of calling.
Denise obtained her B.S. in Secondary Education – English and Special Education (Eastern Illinois University) and her Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (Catholic Theological Union). She enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, reading, and spending time with her husband and three adult children.
Dr. Felix Villanueva lives in Gig Harbor, WA. He has been coaching for 24 years. He serves many roles in coaching as a Mentor Coach with International Coach Federation, the Director Vibrant Faith’s Coaching School, and as a Fellow Coach with BetterUp Coaching. Felix has also served in ministry as a US Navy Chaplain (1982-2003), a Hospice Chaplain (2003-2005), a Senior Minister at UCC La Mesa, CA (2005-2010), and in the UCC Southern California Nevada Conference (2010-2021). Felix retired from active church ministry in 2021.
His certifications include:
Master Certification in Coaching (MCC), International Coaching Federation (ICF), Harrison Assessment Debriefer, DISC Assessment Debriefer, Doctorate in Organizational Leadership (EdD), Argosy University, Los Angeles, CA, Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling, Princeton Theological Seminary, NJ, Master Degree in Divinity, Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, Bachelor Degree in Biology, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR
Participants will be given portions of a coaching manual to read before the training. Additional audio and videos will be available for further learning.