I coach clergy who want to become more effective leaders and flourish in life and in service to God and community. 

Coaching empowers pastors to make adaptive changes that transform the ministry of the church.

My approach to coaching is:

Client-driven – we work on what matters to you
Constructive – you set self-directed, achievable goals
Compassionate – we seek deeper self-understanding without judgment
Curious – we look below the surface of your work and life
Creative – we imagine, reflect, and wonder together
Consistent – we meet regularly, typically once a month
Confidential – as both a coach and a pastor, I hold confidentiality as a high value

I work with pastors from all ministry settings and denominations and take particular interest in coaching LGBTQ+ clergy. In the spirit of reparations and economic justice, I offer a reduced rate for Black clergy and clergy serving in positions paid part-time. 

Schedule a complimentary 45 minute Zoom call to learn how coaching can help you reach your goals in ministry and life.

Martha helps me solve problems and get unstuck regularly. But more than that, her coaching returns me to my center, to God’s call to me, to my gifts, and to find faithful ways forward that bring life. – J, a Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor

Individual and group coaching

Individual Coaching

I work one-on-one with pastors who aim to develop their leadership skills, improve time management, reorganize priorities, develop work-life balance, navigate conflict, reimagine sermon preparation, prepare grant proposals, or discern a new call.

Schedule a free introductory call here.

Enneagram Coaching

I am an iEQ9 Accredited Enneagram Practitioner and use the Enneagram as a framework for coaching, focusing on the strengths of the core number and the pathways to development found in the lines, wings, and centers of expression.

Schedule an exploratory call here.

Sustaining Clergy

I offer affordable group coaching for clergy seeking support and community. Sessions include theological reflection, discussion of ministry issues, and accountability for planned actions, all grounded in prayer. Each group meets twice-monthly for three months.

Contact me to be notified when a new group is forming.

Martha is a ray of insight when it is needed, a (virtual) embrace of comfort when I’m discouraged, a word of challenge and focus when I am struggling to find direction. – D, a United Church of Christ pastor

Credentials and Experience

  • Facilitator and Coach, NEXT Church Coach – topics include Antiracism Practices, Enneagram and Leadership, and Leadership Development
  • Coach Training – Auburn Seminary, 2016
  • Interim Ministry Network training, 2008
  • Ordained in the United Church of Christ, 2002
  • M.Div. – Andover Newton Theological School, 2002

Martha has been an invaluable resource and support as I began a new pastorate and explored a new calling. She is compassionate, wise, and kind, but also firm. My ministry would not be as effective without her guidance. – M, a Metropolitan Community Church pastor

Martha is a ray of insight when it is needed, a (virtual) embrace of comfort when I’m discouraged, a word of challenge and focus when I am struggling to find direction. Martha’s approach is rooted in faithful dialogue. She intuitively navigates our conversations, posing questions and wonderings to help focus my vision and energy so that I can respond to the Spirit’s call on my life. She has a way of helping me see a situation “from the balcony”, while also helping me to strategize how to engage with issues on the ground.  The impact on my ministry and on my own growth as a differentiated leader has been significant. – D, a United Church of Christ pastor

Martha has been an invaluable resource and support as I began a new pastorate and explored a new calling. She is compassionate, wise, and kind, but also firm. My ministry would not be as effective without her guidance. Thank you, Martha! – M, a Metropolitan Community Church pastor

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