Community of Practice:
Equipping the Saints: Getting Better Together
Welcome to the Community of Practice. We will be building this area of the site up over the next few months for dioceses and regional church groups who want to develop skills in those who have engaged in Transforming Conversations (Coaching for Excellence) or equivalent training? Read the journey here
Whatever is going to happen needs to emerge in response to your needs. 3D will act as a catalyst to enable this to happen.
Equipping people to have better conversations is about sustained growth, discipleship and development. It is also about recognising the financial and kingdom cost of poor conversations through
- Kingdom cost and long term community memory
- Vocational cost for individuals and communities
- Bishop’s Discretionary Fund
- Legal fees
- Personal and financial cost of counselling, mediation, therapy etc
Find out who’s in?
- There is some great practice to learn from. We would love to see you sharing ideas, resources and people through local, regional, national or virtual groups in order to have a greater impact without a significant increase in cost. Talk to us about joining this network. There is no cost to you, you will be invited to a biannual gathering of others developing work in this area.
- The first one will be at Launde Abbey 29th/30th March 2017 – there are about 6 places left – call Claire on 01462 483798
- And you will be able to access some of 3D’s further training at cost.
Some of the things we think will be useful in your development:
You can create your own small groups of 4 people to continue to give and receive coaching and feedback against the ICF competencies. This might be local or virtual and needs no external input.
- connect you with other organisations like you who may have people who want to join a quad
- share information about virtual platforms. We use Zoom
- provide free video training on how to run a great quad and how to give competency based feedback (Coming Soon)
Mentor Coaching for Accreditation
You will need to develop one or two people who are more confident and competent at using a coaching approach. Having one or two people in your diocese on the journey to ICF accreditation is a robust way of supporting this. Once they are accredited they will be able to run mentor coaching for others.
Developing Lead Coaches
Lead Coaches are people who are already having mentor coaching leading towards ICF accreditation and will be developing their skills to offer 1-1 coaching and support inside and outside their diocese. They can take roles like
- Being the second facilitator at 3D events (eg Transforming Conversations – builds your capacity and reduces your cost)
- Observing and giving feedback to quads as an external
- Running one day Effective Conversations courses locally using 3D’s material
- Licensing agreement to use 3D material unaltered
- Regular reviews to ensure quality
Lead coaches must be experienced delivering emergent learning and be confident and competent enough in using a simple coaching style to be able to do the coaching demonstration.
- Invite your lead coaches to a year of virtual supervision with people who are taking this role in the church, the NHS and beyond
- Offer these free for the first 18 month pilot (This has begun and recordings of every session will be available for people who join further along the programme)
Sharing Learning Nationally and Globally
Churches across the world are beginning to recognise that a coaching culture can support mission and development.
- Co-host annual or bi-annual virtual meetings of practitioners across the globe – through our connections with Coaching4Clergy and beyond
- Offer our networks, virtual meeting spaces and recording facilities so that learning can be recorded and shared
Getting Together – Community of Practice
We are in contact with many dioceses who are exploring and developing better conversations. All of you are in areas where there are local and regional coaching groups which can support your development. We are aware that using a coaching style in other conversations in your unique contexts is similar and different and that there are plenty of ideas and lessons to be shared as you try and develop good practice in the church. Through encouraging people who are good and want to get better to meet and learn together, who knows what might be possible? You could send a couple of representatives. These people could learn and feedback into their own local networks and begin to get a sense of what the church needs nationally as well as locally.
- Initiate and offer two 3D coaches to host (for the first year) a Community of Practice that will meet nationally once every 2 years for practitioners who are developing a coaching style in their diocese – on the ground or at senior level – this could be part content part Open Space and might cover things like
- Theology of coaching
- Using a coaching style in MDR
- Using coaching in transition
- Provide virtual meeting space for small groups to meet throughout the year. This might be used for
- Skills development
- Deployment discussions about offering or receiving coaching to/from other dioceses
- Building capacity
- Deliver training at these events or to the networks (on request)
Contact the 3D office email@example.com or any of our team to talk about what next for you?