Coaching School

Learn to Coach Leaders, Team, Cohorts and Congregations

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

Our History

Vibrant Faith’s Coaching School equips pastors, program staff, religious and non-profit leaders, and people looking for a new career path in proven coaching knowledge, skills, approaches, and practices. Vibrant Faith has been providing coaching services to 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

Due to Covid, Vibrant Faith currently only offers online training. Live coaching training sessions are delivered via Zoom. Participants receive access to:​

Options for Online Coaching School Training

Asynchronous Training

Vibrant Faith Coaching School Core Competencies Course (101)
You can choose to take this course separately or included when you take Part 1 - Coaching School Training

24 hours

Cost: $600

Training Part 1

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: $3000

Training Part 2

Coming 2021

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: $3000

Continuing Education Courses

These additional elective courses are 2-4 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: $1000

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


You will receive an email about regarding registration and additional inquiries you may have about our program


You will receive a link to select your preferred course payment plan.

Meet our Coaching School Faculty


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

Contact Rev. Brandyn Simmons
Email: brandyn@brandynsimmons.com
Visit his websites: www.generationscarepartners.org, www.generationscarepartners.com


Coaching Focus: Clergy Coaching, Ministry Teams Coaching, Executive Coaching, Leadership Coaching, Conflict and Change Coaching, Vision and Mission Coaching

About Rev. Dr. Felix: 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.

You may have seen Felix at these Vibrant Faith activities: The Vibrant Faith Coaching School – he is the Director in charge of the certification process.

You may have seen Felix’s published works:
Thriving in the Fire: Coaching Through the Conflicts of Change
A Guide to Effective Ministry Teams: The Pastoral Dialogical Model
Keeping the Watch: Missioning and Visioning for the Church in the 21st Century, Course Workbook

Contact Rev. Dr. Felix Villanueva
Email: drfelix@discoverwonderment.com
Visit his website: https://writeitplainly.com


Coaching Focus: Leadership Coaching; Organizational Leadership; Life Coaching; Team Coaching; Leadership Team Coaching; Coaching Through Transitions — Corporate and Personal; Mentor Coaching; HR Coaching

About Nathan: Rev. Dr. Nathan Swenson-Reinhold, D.Min, lives in Fairfax, Virginia. He is the lead pastor of a multi-site congregation in Northern Virginia. A coach for nearly two decades, he holds an International Coach Federation credential as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). He has a Doctor of Ministry in leadership, culture, and change. Nathan is a coach trainer for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Coach Coordinator for the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod, and the owner of Summit Coaching and Behavioral Consulting LLC. Nathan is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) since 2019 through CoachNet Global and is a Certified Behavioral Consultant (DISC). He has been coaching for 18 years. Nathan also enjoys pen turning, car detailing, reading science fiction, and playing acoustic guitar.

You may have seen Nathan participating in these Vibrant Faith activities: C3 Culture of Calling Participant, and working in the Coaching School as a Mentor Coach Teacher/Facilitator

Contact Nathan
Email: nathan@summitcbc.com 
Or visit his website: www.summitcbc.com

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