Spong Clergy Coaching

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

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. 

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

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, 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.

Credentials and Experience

  • Facilitator, NEXT Church Coaching Cohorts
  • 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