Living with Heart Coaching
A Ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Willmar, MN

“Brothers and Sisters, we must always thank God for you.
This is only right because your faithfulness is growing by leaps and bounds,
and the love that all of you have for each other is increasing.”
2 Thessalonians 1:3
Dear Friends,
As the calendar turns to March, my thoughts are turning to Spring. I am looking forward to signs of life erupting all around us. The reality, of course, is that it may be awhile before we see new green buds and shoots. This is Minnesota, after all. But there is something new sprouting in my professional life, and I am excited to tell you about it! In January I began training to become a certified professional clergy coach. It is an intensive training program through Auburn Theological Seminary that will take place over the next two years as I complete 60 contact hours of classes and 100 hours of coaching to be eligible for certification.
I am excited about this new thing growing in my life for two reasons:

First, this is a skill that will complement and enhance the work I am already doing with you as your pastor. Coaching skills are useful when working with the church on an institutional level to grow a healthy and vital congregation for the future. The skills are also useful for individuals who are growing in their personal and professional lives. Coaching is another tool in my professional toolbox that I will have to offer to you as members of this congregation, to the presbytery, or even to the wider community. Since Scott and I share a single position and are technically each part-time, this is a side-job I could do that would complement the work of ministry rather than compete with it. Yes, Scott and I are approaching the season of our lives when we will be empty-nesters, and I look forward to using that season to grow more deeply into my sense of purpose and call right here where we are.

Second, I am inspired by the philosophy of coaching. Coaching begins with the conviction that every person is creative, resourceful and whole. Coaching isn’t about fixing what is broken in people; rather it is about helping them discover the strengths they already possess to help them grow into their best selves, to discover (or rediscover) purpose in their lives, and to help them connect to hope and joy. Coaching, at its core, is really a contemporary reframing of discipleship – helping people grow into who God created them to be. That is a challenging, exciting, and life-long journey. I am excited to share that journey with people through coaching.
If you are wondering if coaching might be something you would like to do, here are some questions to ask yourself:

· Is there a place in my life where I would like to make a change, but I am stuck?
· Is there a dream or goal that I have, personally or professionally, that would be easier to achieve with some accountability?
· Is there a change happening in my life that is causing me to question my purpose, or leaves me searching for fulfillment?

What can you work on with a coach? Just about anything: increased performance; discovering your destiny; getting organized; regular exercise; slowing down; turning a dream into a reality. You need only answer the question:

· What do I want to accomplish?

Coaching works in just about any area because it is about helping you learn. A coach is not an expert advising you in a particular field (that’s consulting), or someone more experienced who’s showing you the ropes (that’s mentoring). Coaches are change experts who help you find the solution for your unique situation.
If you would like to find out more about coaching, or are interested in being coached, let’s talk! I look forward to seeing new things grow in your life.

In Peace,
Pastor Leanne


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April 15th     11:00AM:      Youth Movie and Lunch Event 
April 29th     11:00AM:      Clearwater Forest Box Lunch 
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Sunday, March 25th
8:45am       Adult Ed
9:00am       Sunday School
10:00am    Worship
11:00am    Fellowship

Tuesday, March 27th
7:00am        Men's Bible Study

Wedneday, March 28th
6:30pm        Music Team and Choir Practice

Thursday, March 29th
7:00pm        Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, March 30th
12:00pm     Good Friday Service at Calvary
7:00pm       Good Friday Service at Vinje

Sunday, April 1st
Easter Sunday
8:30am        Men's Easter Breakfast
9:00am        Children's Easter Egg Hunt
10:00am     Worship


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