Learn to Coach Leaders, Team, Cohorts and Congregations
Use coaching skills to develop leaders and grow spiritually vibrant congregations.
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.
Due to Covid, Vibrant Faith currently only offers online training. Live coaching training sessions are delivered via Zoom. Participants receive access to:
- Part or all of a coaching manual.
- Recorded video sessions and audio recordings.
- Required readings and blog articles.
- Recommended downloadable resources.
- Free monthly trainings and coaching book discussions.
- Free Master Classes (offered once a quarter).
- Free coaching resources via our Coaching School Community.
Options for Online Coaching School Training
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
1 – Complete and submit the interest form (CLICK HERE)
2 – You will receive an email about regarding registration and additional inquiries you may have about our program
3 – You will receive a link to select your preferred course payment plan.
Rev. Brandyn Simmons, PCC | Instructor & Mentor Coach
Coaching Focus: Organization Development, Executive, Busienss, 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
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 Claremont, CA. He has been coaching for 24 years. He serves many roles in coaching as a Mentor Coach with International Coach Federation, the Director of Coaching Services with Vibrant Faith, the Director of Coaching for Latin America and the Caribbean with Coaching4Today’sLeaders, and as an Associate 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-Present). In his spare time he enjoys playing the Native American flute and traveling around the world.
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
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
Rev. Dr. Nathan Swenson-Reinhold, PCC | Instructor & Mentor Coach
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
Or visit his website: www.summitcbc.com