Question: How quickly can the world around us change?
Answer: Faster than we knew was possible.
Given the seismic shifts in our world, perhaps it’s time to update our approaches to our primary mandate as the church – making disciples. Teaching ministries are vital to Christian Formation, yet many disciples need more in order to seize their callings and live out their faith in the real world. Disciple Development Coaching© is a tool designed for advancing the journey of Christian disciples.
Disciple = Christ Follower
Development = Growing, changing, transforming, moving toward goal(s)
Coaching = The art of facilitating growth in others through intentional conversations
Disciple Development Coaching is a focused collaborative relationship, resulting in the disciple living out his/her calling more fully. Mark Tidsworth & Ircel Harrison, DDC Developers
Disciple Development Coaching is Pinnacle’s unique approach to coaching specifically designed to equip clergy, church staff, and laity to coach individuals and teams within the congregation. Many of us in congregational life want to help one another identify our callings and live them out more fully. This is the focus of Disciple Development Coaching, equipping disciples to maximize their gifts and live out their faith fully and effectively.
The Coaching Profession and Movement have much to offer Christians who want to develop one another as disciples of Jesus Christ. Rather than simply take professional coach training and transfer it to the Christian church, Pinnacle has adapted coach training with clergy, church staff, and lay persons in mind. Disciple Development Coaching is a unique approach to training Christian disciples to coach each other toward living out our callings.
DDC is not a program or quick fix for declining congregations, but rather a relational approach that helps persons discover and live into a deeper sense of faithfulness to God's calling in their lives. Herman R. Yoos, Bishop, South Carolina Synod, ELCA
Disciple Development Coaching Certification
- Discovering our callings
- Being the People of God in the world
- Joining God on mission in the world
- Living out our faith more fully
- Equipping the saints for ministry
- Priesthood of the believer
These are the areas of the Christian life which Disciple Development Coaching is designed to address. Many Christian congregations are very intentional about providing pastoral care and member care to their congregation. Ministries like Care Groups or Stephen Ministries help them to equip lay persons to serve in this way. But what about the disciples in congregations who are ready to grow, live out their faith, discover their callings, and make the most of their spiritual journeys? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a group of people serving in the congregation who would to develop other disciples? DDC is designed to help Christ-followers to discover how to live out their faith day by day, more fully and significantly.
DDC Certification Description (pdf)
The Disciple Development Coaching Process
DDC Foundational Course: Your congregation sends one or more persons to the DDC Foundational Course, a 3 day training event (designed for clergy, church staff, and lay persons).
DDC Practicum: After the Course, these persons participate in a six-month Practicum, learning to implement the DDC Model with disciples in your congregation. The Practicum Class meets once a month by telephone, with additional support from the DDC Trainers available.
DDC Certification: At the end of this Practicum, the participants are Certified as Disciple Development Coaches by Pinnacle Leadership Associates.
Training Disciple Developers in Your Congregation: These Certified Disciple Development Coaches can then teach classes in the congregation, training others to do Disciple Development Coaching.
Starting a Disciple Developing Movement: The outcome for the congregation is a cadre of Disciple Development Coaches who are ready to coach every ready disciple.
Pinnacle Leadership has already certified one class of Disciple Development Coaches. They are pastors, new church developers, coaches, and lay persons from various Christian denominations.
In addition to our training materials already in use, Disciple Development Coaching: Christian Formation For The 21st Century, released on June 20, 2013, by Nurturing Faith.
Content of the DDC Course
- 20 hours of class time
- The first step in Certification as a Disciple Development Coach
- The 6-month Practicum after the Foundational Course
- DDC Book, published June 2013
Materials Included in the Foundational Course
- Disciple Development Coaching, Christian Formation For The 21st Century, June 2013
- Foundational Course Manual
- DDC Class Leader’s Guide
- DDC Class Participant’s Guide
- DDC Class DVD
Schedule For Foundational Course
Day 1 – 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Day 2 – 8:30AM – 5:30PM
Day 3 – 8:30AM – 12:30PM
After this Foundational Course, participants will be placed in smaller groups for the Practicum. This Practicum meets for 6 months, by telephone, once per month. This is included in the registration fee.
$995 Tuition: This Fee covers all Course time, the Practicum, plus all the materials, leading to
Minimum of 15 Participants
Expected Outcome of this Event
- Certification in Disciple Development Coaching for participants
- Access to ordering Participant’s Guides ($9.50 each) for those in their congregations who will take classes from the Certified DDC Coaches
- Participants are Certified as Disciple Development Coaches by Pinnacle Leadership Associates after completing this Foundational Course, plus the Practicum.