their personal development needs are as real and deep as those of anyone else... day-to-day work of congregational leadership is a sink or swim proposition
Waco, TX (PRWEB) April 14, 2014
Consistent with its mission begun in 2003, True Course will expand its services to clergy by offering personal development information as well as online coaching moments via its “Members Only” site, set to launch on May 1, 2014. Clergy members will have 24/7 online access to timely, relevant, rich content as well as online coaching moments to assist them with productivity, leadership, conflict management, day-to-day challenges, and the more practical matters of leadership not covered in their formal training.
“Because of the very nature of their work members of the clergy tend to be viewed as having their personal development in hand and having little need for assistance in this area,” according to Dr. J. Michael Godfrey, founder and president of True Course, educational psychologist, and the author of “Without Regret.” “However, their personal development needs are as real and deep as those of anyone else,” says Godfrey.
“Formal training for the clergy equips them for about 10% of what they do in their occupation. In the absence of good mentors, strong congregational support and understanding, or denominational/judicatory support, the practical, day-to-day work of congregational leadership is a sink or swim proposition,” notes Godfrey, who himself has 28 years of experience in congregational leadership. True Course has provided mentoring and coaching for practical leadership skills as well as personal development support for clergy since 2003.
True Course plans to do the sifting and sorting to provide reliable, current, and helpful information that addresses personal development interests and practical day-to-day leadership needs of the clergy. Initially the content will be ordered around categories such as personal foundations, productivity, self-care, leadership, relationships, and family. Information formats include original documents, videos, mp3s, as well as recommended reading lists from True Course. Information curated from the internet, books, and recordings will also be included. “We’ll do our very best to sift out the junk and give members of the clergy the best information available as well as the very best our experience can offer,” says Godfrey.
“Isolation is the number one boundary issue for clergy and they need support from a source they believe is reliable, safe, and understands their work,” says Godfrey. “Just as ‘it’s lonely at the top,’ it’s also lonely in the pulpit, parsonage, or rectory.” True Course wants to develop an environment of community and collaboration for clergy through an interface on the site which allows for interaction with Godfrey and other site members. This will offer subscribers coaching moments with Godfrey, who is a professional coach, with his team, and with their peers. The “Members Only” nature of the site will insure subscribers of interaction with others who are above average in motivation for personal growth and are eager about self-improvement. “Importantly,” Godfrey notes, “This aspect of the site can help a member of the clergy to break out of some of their isolation and know they are not alone in their challenges.”
For more information, visit the “Members Only” information page on the True Course web site.
True Course Life & Leadership Development is an award-winning mentoring coaching, and consulting resource providing fully-customized services since in 2003. Founded and led by J. Michael Godfrey, True Course is comprised of two organizations: True Course Living, Learning Leading, LLC serving businesses and professionals and True Course Ministries, Inc. a non-profit serving churches and clergy. Located in Waco, TX, True Course serves clients nationally and internationally.