Our Courses

Topics covered in ACC- & PCC-level Trainings

  •  What coaching is and isn’t
  • Creating safe spaces for sacred conversations
  • Developing active listening skills
  • Developing your coaching presence
  • Asking powerful questions
  • Building your toolbox of powerful questions
  • Setting coaching norms and expectations
  • Practice labs – refine your coaching skills
  • Designing action steps and accountability
  • Evoking new awareness in coaching conversations
  • Facilitating client growth
  • Maintaining your coaching presence
  • Learning to assess your coaching impact
  • Practice lab – evoking new awareness
  • Developing direct communication skills
  •  Helping coachees set goals and track their progress
  • Five warning signs in a coaching relationship
  • Coaching internal clients (individuals and teams)
  •  Coaching external clients (individuals and groups)
  • Bringing closure to coaching relationships.
  •  Managing multiple coaching relationships
  • Developing your coaching network
  • Developing your plan for becoming an ACC credentialed coach

Learn more about our courses

Listed below is a brief summary of the courses Vibrant Faith currently offers.  Courses are continuously added and updated. Please check back again soon!
101: An Overview of ICF's Core Competencies (24 hours)

An Overview of ICF's Core Coaching Competencies

(24 HOURS; asynchronous)

This course provides an overview of the ICF’s eight core coaching competencies with particular emphasis on four of them. Students must demonstrate a strong understanding of these competencies and how to embed them into their coaching situations. This training involves reading assignments, watching 8 videos (one for each competency), responding to cases studies, and demonstrating how to apply them via various coaching scenarios. A reflection paper is submitted by students at the end of this course.

A summary of key learnings highlighted in this training includes:

  • Applying coaching ethics and standards to coaching situations.
  • Demonstrating personal integrity and honesty in interactions with clients, sponsors, and stakeholders.
  • Defining what coaching is and isn’t; clarify the distinctions between coaching, consulting, psychotherapy, and other support professions.
  • An overview of coaching and its history.
  • Steps for getting started as a coach.
  • An introduction to individual and ongoing coaching agreements.
  • Ways to use powerful questioning approaches and practices.
  • Strategies for coaching individuals, teams, cohorts, and congregations.
  • Ways to cultivate trust and safety in all coaching relationships.
  • How to further develop your coaching presence.
102: Embodying a Coaching Mindset (4 hours)

This course begins with a brief summary of the history of coaching and how it has evolved in recent years. It defines what coaching is and isn’t, providing clarity about the critical differences between coaching, counseling, consulting, and mentoring. This course also describes how a coach creates and maintains a mindset that is open, curious, flexible, and client- centered where clients are responsible for their own choices, learn to reflect, and take consistent action. The course wraps up with a list of approaches coaches can employ to spark their ongoing learning and development, how to be more aware of their emotions and the context of their coaching, and when to seek help from outside sources when necessary. Students will submit a reflection paper based on the 5 key elements of a coaching mindset outlined in the course.

103: Demonstrating Ethical Practices as a Coach (4 hours)

This course addresses ways that coaches can demonstrate personal integrity and honesty in interactions with clients, sponsors, and stakeholders. It equips coaches to be sensitive to clients’ identity, environment, experiences, values, and beliefs, and use language that is appropriate, respectful, and abides by the ICF Code of Ethics.
Students will practice setting initial and ongoing coaching agreements, demonstrate ways to maintain confidentiality with client information, and create a safe space for coaching conversations.
Students will watch and receive feedback on coaching demonstrations related to the initial coaching session.

104: Active Listening Skills (4 hours)

 This class is designed to enhance one's listening skills through a variety of coaching demonstrations, case studies, andn readings. Participants will listen to and evaluate two recorded audios through the lens of ICF's Listens Actively core competency indicators. Students will learn to pay attention to what the client is saying and not saying in light the client’s desired outcomes. Participants will learn to:

  • Summarize what the client communicates to ensure clarity and understanding.
  • Recognize shifts in a client's tone, body language, energy, and other non-verbal cues.

Students learn to summarize what the client communicates to ensure clarity and understanding. They will learn to recognize when there is more to what the client is communicating and how to observe, acknowledge, and explore the client’s emotions, energy shifts, and non-verbal cues. Students will practice active listening during this course and will be assigned active listening practices to complete and reflect on following the course.

105: Evoking New Awareness (4 hours)
Evoking new awareness is the primary goal of coaching. Everyone experiences thoughts and beliefs that, sometimes, prevent them from achieving their goals.  Students will learn:
  • Powerful questioning approaches and techniques.
  • When and how to use silence to question assumptions and rethink courses of action.
  • To help clients 1) review their results, 2) rethink what's possible, and 3) reinvent their futures.
  • How to help clients imagine new ways of thinking, doing, and being.
106: Facilitating Action Steps, Accountability, and Client Growth (4 hours)
This course focuses on helping people take specific, concrete action that moves them toward their preferred future.
It begins with building new awareness, calling forth new possibilities, and then designing goals, action steps, and accountability measures. Students will learn ways to review results, rethink assumptions, and re-imagine new ways to move forward that focus on short-term wins and SMART goals. Students learn to help clients celebrate bright spots, list new learnings, and identify next steps toward their preferred future.
Students will post learnings and questions online and respond to other students’ comments.
107: Practice Labs - Level One (12 hours)
This class comprises six 2-hour segments and provides opportunity for students to receive feedback on their coaching, as well as to offer feedback to other students when they coach. In addition to student feedback, faculty will offer constructive feedback throughout this lab through the lens of PCC-level competencies.
Students may be asked to pay attention to particular core competencies during these sessions. During onsite training, these are referred to as coaching demonstrations.
108: Using Direct Communication to Call Forth New Possibilities (4 hours)

Direct communication (responding) is the ability to communicate effectively during coaching sessions and to use language that has the greatest positive impact on the conversation and its participants.
Students will learn about:
• Truth-telling: Sharing what you are seeing from the facilitator’s perspective.
• Feedback: Giving honest assessments and opinions.
• Insights: Sharing intuitive thoughts.
• Interrupting: Learning when it’s appropriate to interrupt
clients and how to use this technique.
• Advising: Learning to offer advice that is appropriate, and
is sought out before it is offered.
• Directing: Learning how to steer conversations back to the
coachee’s stated goals.
• Messaging: Finding ways to speak ‘truths’ that helps clients to respond more effectively.

109: Coaching Clients Related to Spiritual Growth & Relationships (4 hours)

This learning modules addresses ways to use coaching approaches to nurture spiritual growth and congregational vitality, with particular attention to helping individuals and teams create life-giving, faith- forming norms that sustain a culture of vibrant faith.

110: Tips and Tools for Managing Coaching Relationships (4 hours)

Participants will gain insights from experienced coaches on ways to manage multiple coaching relationships, projects, and communications, along with ways to streamline workflows so that you can spend more time coaching and less time and effort managing tasks related to coaching.

201: Going Deeper with ICF's Core Competencies (16 hours)

Thecoursefurtherdevelopsacoach’scapacitytoembedICF’s core competencies into all coaching relationships. Students read and respond to case studies, apply core competencies to current coaching relationships, and describe ways the coaching process is different when performed at a PCC-level competency verses an ACC-level competency. Students will submit 16 brief writing assignments as well as a reflection paper at the end of this course.

202: Setting, Reviewing, and Modifying Coaching Agreements (4 hours)

This class will instruct coaches on advanced approaches to introducing the coaching agreement, reviewing it on a regular basis, and how to make course corrections to the coaching relationship to maximize the impact of coaching

203: Going Deeper With New Awareness (4 hours)

This course will assist coaches with helping clients become more aware of limiting beliefs and false assumptions that hinder one's life, ministry, and preferrered futures. Students will listen to coaching sessions, engage in case studies, and practice addressing limiting beliefs in ways that lead to new insights and awareness for their clients. Coaching demonstrations will model a PCC-level proficiency.

204: Develop Your Client Base; Expand Your Coaching Networks (4 hours)

This course provides students with a wealth of practical and proven strategies and approaches for building your coaching practice based on the experiences of veteran coaches. Interviews and online panel discussions will be part of this course.

205: Going Deeper with Direct Communication (4 hours)

This course will use case studies and demonstrations to develop one’s expertise in using direct communication in common coaching situations. The course will provide ample opportunities to demonstrate this competency.

206: Going Deeper With Action and Accountability (4 hours)

This course will further refine a coach’s capacity to embed action and accountability into coaching relationships. The competency will be modeled, and then students will be given coaching assignments where they’ll address specific scenarios related to action and accountability.


207: Using Alternative Coaching Models, Frameworks, and Approaches (4 hours)

This course is designed to offer students opportunities to “try on” a variety of coaching models, frameworks, and approaches. A significant amount of time will be devoted to coaching demonstrations and feedback.


208: Coaching Clients Through Disruptive Change (4 hours)

Coaches will be introduced to three change models that can be used as foundations for coaching clients through times of transition and disruption. Participants will practice models during coaching demonstrations.

  • GROW Model
  • 5 Step Model
  • 5R Cohort Model
209: Coaching Clients Through Conflict (4 hours)

Participants will learn about conflict management styles and gain practical and proven approaches and strategies that lead to breakthroughs in conflicted situations. Assigned readings must be completed before the start of this course.

210: Practice Lab - Level 2 (12 hours)

Practice Lab-Level Two is an opportunity for students to receive feedback at the PCC-level on their coaching from the facilitator of this class as well from other students through the lens of the ICF’s core competencies.

211: Practice Lab - Advanced Group Coaching (8 hours)

Group Coaching Practice Lab is an opportunity for students to experience being part of group coaching as well as practice being a group coach. This course is highly experiential and will include demonstrations related to coaching a team of paid staff, elected church leaders, and a community-based task force.

301-A: Group Mentor Coaching (8 hours)

This course is the first of a two-part class designed to meet the Mentor-Coaching requirement. Your mentor-coach will help you refine your demonstrated coaching skills and will assist you in developing a plan for the ongoing development of your coaching skills.


Mentor Coaching is about a student being coached on their coaching skills rather than on practice building, life balance or other topics unrelated to the development of a student’s coaching skill. Mentoring is intended to serve as a development process for the student that takes place in a repetitive cycle of receiving feedback regarding student coaching, reflecting on this feedback and practicing new skills. The focus must be on the development of skills using the ICF Core Competencies.


The Vibrant Faith Coaching School offers 10 hours of Mentor Coaching. These 10 hours are integrated into the total coaching curriculum and occur periodically throughout the course of the training. The Mentor Coaching hours are divided into seven (hours) of Group Mentor Coaching and three (3) hours of Individual Mentor Coaching.

Group Mentor Coaching

During Group Mentor Coaching everyone coaches and everyone is coached. Students review the ICF Coaching Core Competencies before and during each Mentor Coaching session. Prior to their Mentor Coaching session, each student selects which competency they would like to highlight. Although every core competency is assessed, the particular competency the students selects is emphasized during the feedback process. Students receive feedback from both, their peers and the mentor coach. The mentor coach also provides an assessment on the level of coaching (ACC, PCC, MCC).

Individual Mentor Coaching:

The goal of these sessions is to assist students in honing their coaching skills. Usually, the final individual session is reserved to evaluate a recording of their coaching, which could be used as an ICF certification requirement.


Per ICF policy Mentor Coaching CANNOT be completed in LESS THAN 90 DAYS.

301-B: Individual Mentor Coaching (3 hours)

This course is the second of a two-part class designed to meet the Mentor-Coaching requirement. Individual Mentor-Coaching provides new coaches with one-on-one learning with a seasoned, approved mentor-coach, as well as in-the-moment feedback on their coaching. The feedback is based on the 8 Core Coaching Competencies. Each participant will provide their mentor-coach with at least one recorded coaching session (at the PCC level) to be submitted to ICF for approval.

Want more information about these options for training?
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