Coaching, Consulting, and Facilitation
EDGE has over 10 years of experience coaching and consulting communities of faith and community ministries through various processes. Through our experiences we’ve learned that longer-term coaching (6 months and more) is more effective in achieving real change than one-off retreat days.
Coaching is a long-term relationship, usually of 6 months or longer where a coach is able to work with a small leadership team who then works with the whole congregation to introduce change and experimentation with innovative ideas. The focus is on empowering and resourcing a leadership team within the community. EDGE has found that this approach is much more effective in establishing real change or mindset shifts.
Consulting is when a facilitator works directly with the whole congregation, often this looks like a one-day or half-day workshop around visioning, strategic planning, or some specific task that the congregation would like to accomplish. Although these sessions can be energizing and helpful, if they are not part of a broader plan within the congregation, they are less effective in leading to real change.
Facilitation by an outsider can sometimes be intimidating but is sometimes very helpful in allowing the leadership of a congregation to fully engage with a process. EDGE has worked with hundreds of communities of faith and community ministries through a wide variety of challenges. Our facilitators have experience with theories of change, strategic planning, and systems theory, but they self-identify faith, compassion, and hope as the values that are most important to pursue their work with EDGE.
What we do:
Future Direction Process – $2000
Understanding your why, understanding where you want to go, and how to get there (Strategic Planning, Prioritizing, Next Steps)
Coaching Support – $250/month or $1500 for a 6-month process
Co-design a plan with one of our coaches to meet the specific needs of your congregation. For example, our coaches often accompany leaders through a property redevelopment or implementing a strategic plan. However, there are countless possibilities. Contact us today to learn if coaching support is right for you.
Consulting or Facilitation
If your community of faith is in need of facilitation support for a half-day or full-day event or consulting support for a specific process, please reach out directly to EDGE for a quote. These unique offerings are charged at a rate of $115/hr. Half and full-day rates are also available upon request.
Why hire EDGE?
We know that this is a challenging time for many communities of faith and community ministries. We would like to assure you that we do not bring answers or solutions, but rather are hopeful that the tools and resources, as well as our facilitated processes, can and have helped communities discover new purpose and capacity within their context. Our coaches and consultants have access to an online toolkit of resources that focus on capacity building, adaptive learning, congregational support, and sustainability initiatives.
There is no one right answer for any community so we’d like to share with you some of the options that might work well for you to begin or continue your faithful journey.