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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 concrete, 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

Read more about my coaching philosophy here: Be Virgil – A Coach as Companion on the Way.

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. 

Testimonial - 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. Rev. J Presbyterian Church (USA)

I offer a complimentary 45 minute Zoom call to explore how coaching can support your ministry.

Testimonial - 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. Rev. D United Church of Christ

Learn more about the coaching services I offer.

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