Coaching School

Learn to Coach Leaders, Teams, and Congregations

Use coaching skills to develop leaders and grow spiritually vibrant congregations.

Our History

Vibrant Faith’s Coaching School trains pastors, program staff, religious and non-profit leaders, to facilitate powerful coaching conversations that transforms individuals and organizations. Our ICF-Certified coaching school helps participants develop eight core competencies that are used in most every coaching conversation and relationship. Vibrant Faith has coached hundreds of individuals, teams, and organizations since 2004. In 2019, Vibrant Faith chose to make their Coach Training Program available to leaders beyond our own coaching staff. Our school focuses on the eight core competencies described by the International Coaching Federation. In addition, we provide assessments, tools, resources and ongoing support for individuals seeking to embed coaching principles and practices within and beyond their current ministry setting.

Our Training

Vibrant Faith onsite and online training. Online training sessions are delivered via Zoom. Participants receive access to:

Options for Online Coaching School Training

ACC-Level Training

Prepares you for:
- Coach Knowledge Assessment exam
- Becoming an Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

68 hours:
24 asynchronous training hours (101: Core Competencies Course) 44 synchronous training hours

Cost: $4000

PCC-Level Training

Completion in Training Part 1 or ACC certification

Further Develops:
knowledge, skills. and capacities to consistently coach at a Professional Certified Coach (PCC} level

68 hours: Asynchronous and Synchronous Training

Cost: $4000

Continuing Education Courses

These additional elective courses are 2 hours each and offer additional training for current and new coaches

Cost: $200 per course

Mentor Training

This is a requirement to earn ACC or PCC Certification

8 hours Group Mentor Coaching 3 Individual Mentor-Coaching Sessions

Cost: $1500

Why Coaching School?

The church needs more trained and skilled individuals who are coaching churches toward a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ. Coaching training and certification is essential for that process, especially with the unique focus on congregational thriving through faith formation.

How to Register


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Meet our Coaching School Faculty

Jim LaDoux

Vibrant Faith Coach

Coaching Focus: Coaching for leaders, teams, cohort groups, congregations, and non-profit organizations

About Jim: Jim LaDoux lives in Burnsville, MN and is on the Vibrant Faith leadership team since 2003. He currently oversees our coaching program. Jim has been a coach since 1992. He has a Master of Management Arts specializing in organizational development and is a certified PCC (Professional Certified Coach) in Training. Jim has been part of church staff for Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian congregations. In his spare time, Jim likes to travel, go hiking, and biking.

You may have read Jim’s work: Surface To Soul: Coaching Spiritual Vitality in Congregations, Vibrant Faith Coaching School Manual.

You may have seen Jim at: The Vibrant Faith Coaching School, at any Leading Well event, at all of our Vibrant Faith Staff meetings, at the 2019 Symposiums, and in anything coaching related with Vibrant Faith.

Rev. Brandyn Simmons, PCC

Instructor & Mentor Coach

Coaching Focus:  Organization Development, Executive, Business, Leadership, NonProfit, Life Coaching

About Brandyn: Rev. Brandyn Simmons lives in Chicago, IL.  He is the Executive Director of Generations Care Partners Foundation, is the Pastor at Christ Church of Chicago, and is the owner of Generations Care Partners. Brandyn has been coaching for over 10 years. He holds the following degrees MBA, Master of Geriatrics, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry in Community Organizing Candidate, and is a Professional Certified Coach, and is certified in Mindfulness and Appreciative Inquiry.  Brandyn has also served on numerous adjudicatory board in the United Church of Christ, assisted in the revitalization of the Illinois Conference in the UCC, mentor coaching, and teaching in various coaching programs. In his free time, Brandyn enjoys hiking and writing.

You may have read Brandyn’s published work:

  • Kindling Hope: Discovering a Life of Meaning and Igniting the World

Rev. Dr. Felix Villanueva, MCC

Director of Coaching School, Instructor & Mentor Coach

The Rev. Dr. Felix C. Villanueva is the Director and Co-Founder of the Vibrant Faith Coaching School. Dr. Villanueva has been coaching for over two decades. He is a Master Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Dr. Villanueva’s coaching practice includes: clergy and congregational coaching, executive and professional coaching, and group coaching. He is also specialist in the areas of grief and loss, diversity, equality and inclusion, team building, conflict management, and business and leadership development. Dr. Villanueva holds a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership (EdD), and two Master Degrees: one in Divinity and the other in Pastoral Counseling. He was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1982 and has served as a U.S. Navy Chaplain, local church pastor, and as a denominational executive. He is currently retired from church ministry and dedicates his time to transforming lives through coaching. Dr. Villanueva’s favorite faith practice is walking labyrinths. He says: “Walking a labyrinth refreshes my soul and inspires me. I never miss an opportunity to walk one.”

Rev. Dr. Nathan Swenson-Reinhold, PCC

Instructor & Mentor Coach

Nathan Swenson-Reinhold is an ICF Professional Certified Coach with 2000+ hours of coaching experience. His passion is the resourcing and development of leaders and lead teams within organizations. He has an MDiv from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and a DMin from Portland Seminary of George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. His doctoral work was grounded in matters of leadership and organizational culture change. He is an ordained pastor in good standing in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Nathan is a certified behavioral consultant through PeopleKeys, and is a certified trainer for Take Flight Learning. He is currently working on his Advanced Credential in Team Coaching (ACTC) through the Team Coaching Global Alliance, and is also working towards his Master Certified Coaching credential. His favorite spiritual practice is fly-fishing. 🙂

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Step 3

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Step 4

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Step 5

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