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Most of us have had the experience of attending a conference and feeling excited to lead transformation in our communities — only to have that excitement dissipate as the daily demands of ministry set in. NEXT Steps Coaching is a new initiative designed to support leaders as they shepherd their communities through real and lasting change.

Coaching is a one-on-one or group relationship that helps individuals identify goals and develop a strategy for meeting those goals. A coach’s job is to listen deeply, ask powerful questions, and help clients deal with the internal and external barriers that get in the way of their own effectiveness, fruitfulness, or joy.

A study featured in Public Personnel Management Journal reports that managers who underwent a training program showed an increased effectiveness of 22%, but those who were coached following the training increased their effectiveness by 88%. NEXT Steps Coaching helps leaders bridge the gap between intention and action.


Coaching Directory

Check out our coaching directory for a list of coaches who are familiar with the mission and values of NEXT Church.


NEXT Steps Leadership Cohort

A group coaching cohort with a specific content focus, featuring monthly online group coaching sessions.

More Details

Individual Coaching

Coaching Directory

Check out our coaching directory for a list of coaches. These individuals are familiar with the mission and values of NEXT Church, typically through attending at least one National Gathering. They also have or are actively seeking accreditation through a recognized coaching credentialing organization. As a prospective client, you are encouraged to contact these coaches directly; NEXT Church is not involved with funding, nor with vetting these coaches, other than as stated above.

Group Coaching

Watch for details for our upcoming cohorts to launch in September 2020!

Focus Options

1. Nurturing a Culture of Adaptive Leadership for Sessions and Boards – LeAnn Hodges & Alex McNeill

Topics will include:

  • What is your strategic intelligence? Identifying your leadership style.
  • Equipping lay leadership: Leading from a place of abundance and humility.
  • Setting a group culture: Aligning purpose with process.
  • The art of getting the right people in the room: Nominating and onboarding new members.
  • Pay attention to power: Power dynamics and the impact on group culture.
  • How to run a life-giving meeting: Getting it done while having fun.

Date/Time: third Thursdays from 2-3:30pm eastern, starting Sept 19

LeAnn Hodges is the pastor of Oaklands Presbyterian Church in Laurel, Maryland, a member of National Capital Presbytery’s Transformation Team, and is one step away from completing the requirements to be an ICF certified leadership coach.

Alex Patchin McNeill is the Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians, a faith organization working for LGBTQIA+ inclusion in churches and communities nationwide. Alex is a trained coach through the ICF and coaches with a particular focus on strategic and transformational change.

2. Leadership Essentials for the Church That Is Becoming – MaryAnn McKibben Dana & Martha Spong

Topics will include:

  • Technical and adaptive leadership
  • Creating a learning culture — evaluation that transforms
  • Coaching leaders for change
  • Honoring and disrupting
  • Resistance to change
  • Leadership for the long haul — self-care, play, balancing short and long-term thinking

Date/Time: second Wednesdays from 2-3:30 eastern, starting Sept 11

MaryAnn McKibben Dana is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation; an author, speaker, and free-range pastor; and a former co-chair of NEXT Church.

Martha Spong is an Associate Certified Coach (ICF), executive director of RevGalBlogPals, and co-author of Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith).

Yena K. Hwang (M.Div. 1997 and M.A.M.F.T. 2006) is the Associate Pastor for Christian Formation at Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Virginia. She received coaching training with the Holmes Coaching Group through the National Capital Presbytery and is working towards ICF certification process.