And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10: 24-25
We are excited to announce that the Rev. Lisa Saunders, the Rev. Amanda Akes-Cardwell, Aileen Moodie, and Alethea Long-Green have accepted the invitation to serve as our first four coaches for the Tending Our Soil initiative. All four are now engaged in a 60-hour training with the Holmes Coaching Group. Each of them will walk alongside three congregations for the three-year Tending Our Soil journey.
Coaching is a proven technique to effect fruitful and lasting systemic change. The verses above from Hebrews ground our commitment to incorporating trained coaches who will support and encourage the work of leadership teams from each participating congregation. Coaching conversations will provide space for each team to identify learnings, expand possibilities, name action items, experiment, gain support, and build accountability.
As we expand the community of participating congregations, more coaches will be hired and trained. You can read more about our 2021 coaches here. We invite you to pray for them.
We’ll announce the first Tending Our Soil participating congregations in the June 24th Bulletin. If you have questions about Tending Our Soil, contact the Rev. Jenifer Gamber, Director of the initiative.