Coaching is one of the key components to the Faithwalking journey and we are so grateful for your commitment to serve as a coach. The Faithwalking Coaches Training is designed for people looking for ways to get more actively involved in the Faithwalking community. Coaching is a powerful way to utilize and practice the skills you have learned in FW 101, 201, 202, and 301.
Coaches embody the qualities that our community is seeking to foster—prayerfulness, authenticity, non-judgmental connection, action oriented behavior, and integrity. Coaches are in the process of mastering the skill sets presented in 101 and 201 and can help those he or she is coaching to appropriately utilize them in pursuit of their transformation and mission.
As a Faithwalking coach you will engage monthly with a Faithwalking Head Coach in a group coaching call. In these calls you will experience accountability, encouragement, equipping as you live into your own Faithwalking journey.
Prerequisites to becoming a Faithwalking coach
In order to begin the FW coaches Training, the following courses must be completed, 101, 201, 202 and 301 (or given your word to take 301).
What is the process to becoming a coach?
- If you are currently taking FW 202, let your facilitator know of your interest and discuss it with him/her. If you decide to move forward, proceed to the next step below.
- Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to register to become a coach.
- Also, if you are part of a Faithwalking Circle, speak with your Circle leadership about beginning the process.
Once you complete the coach registration form, within a day or so you should be given access to the coaches training materials in the members area of the site. In order to complete your training, you will shadow three different coaching calls and then be shadowed for three calls where you are the coach. After you complete the shadowing process, you will be a FW coach. Please note that this process may vary somewhat if you are part of a Faithwalking Circle. Your Head Coach will walk you through the process.
What is the role of a Head Coach?
One of the first things that will happen is that you will be assigned a “Head Coach.” Your Head Coach will take you through your training process as well as help you with your on-going learning. Your Head Coach does for you what you do for your coachees. He or she helps you stay focused, provides accountability, serves as a resource when you need help, and offers encouragement and inspiration. Your Head Coach will always be your Head Coach. One of the jobs of your Head Coach is to insure you continue to learn and grow as a coach. Your Head Coach is responsible for a cluster of up to five coaches. Your coaching cluster will have periodic calls to share as a group what you are learning about coaching, what you are learning about yourself as a coach, where you are in your own transformation journey, etc.
What is “shadowing” and how does it work?
The first thing you will do is begin your shadowing. Shadowing is the process for learning to coach by observing, or in this case, listening.
You can complete the shadowing process online or shadowing in person.
When you shadow in person, you are a silent participant on another coach’s call – either your Head Coach or another experienced coach. You will join the regularly scheduled call five minutes early in order to have a time of conversation and prayer with the coach. The coach will remind the coachees once they join the call that you will be present but silent during the remainder of the call and will introduce you. You then listen silently during the call. You may find it helpful to make notes of what you observe during the call that you would like to talk about or to later implement in your own coaching. After the call is over, you and your Head Coach will remain on the line for up to fifteen minutes to process the call.
If circumstances allow, you will shadow your own Head Coach at least once. If this is not possible your Head Coach will assign another experienced coach for you to shadow. It is your responsibility to make contact with the coach you will be shadowing and ask permission to be on the call and to get details of the call number and time. At the end of each call, you will debrief with your Head Coach (or designated coach) for an additional 10-15 minutes.
If you choose to shadow online, you will need to access to the Become a Coach: Shadow Online page (if you have already register to become a coach at the bottom of this page and still do not have access please contact support here). There you will find different options to listen to recorded coaching calls with different coaches. You will choose three of those calls and listen to them, taking notes of your questions or impressions as you listen to each call. As you listen to each call, make notes about what you hear. What stirs you about the coach or coaching process? Use this to help you envision what kind of coach you want to be. Write down questions that would be helpful to talk about with your Head Coach. You will then contact your Head Coach to debrief about what you experienced during the process.
Once you have finished each call, you will need to schedule a 30-minute conversation (face-to-face or on the phone) with your head coach to debrief about your questions and impressions about what you heard from each individual call. (So, you will have three conversations with your coach.) You will need to contact your head coach to set up those conversations.
What happens after I shadow?
Once you complete shadowing online or in person, you’ll be ready to start coaching. Your Head Coach will email Jeff McGee. Jeff or his team will notify the person that organizes the coaching assignments for FW 201 to put you on the list of available coaches. When the need for a coach arises, you will receive an email from a FW staff member asking about your availability to take on a coaching assignment. It is important that you respond to his or her inquiry whether or not you can coach. When you receive a coaching assignment, you will be notified by email about the steps you need to take to contact your assigned coachees.
What happens when I begin my “live” coaching calls?
Before you begin your live coaching, you will need to set up a Free Conference Number at http://www.freeconferencecall.com. This will be your unique number you will give to your coachees. Once you are assigned coachees, you will begin recording your coaching calls. The Free Conference Call website will tell you how to do this. Once your call is recorded, you can email the link to your Head Coach. Your Head Coach can then listen to it when it fits his or her schedule and then set up a time to debrief the call with you. You are required to have a minimum of three live calls shadowed. You and your Head Coach will determine together when you are ready to go “solo.” Then, your Coaches Training will be complete.
How many people can I coach?
Coaching is generally done in a triad, meaning you will be coaching two coachees for 45 min. Sometimes due to more participants than coaches, we will assign quads or three coachees in your group. These calls will need to last 60 min. We will ask your permission before you would be assigned a quad and only do this to maximize participants and coaches. Many coaches take on more than one triad, depending on their time and capacity to coach more people. We believe you will find the more you coach, the more the FW principles get in you and thus your transformation will stay alive. We ask that you commit to coach at least one group every year.
What happens after I’m an official Faithwalking coach?
You will receive periodic emails asking about your availability to coach. As you are available, you will receive assignments for new participants going through FW 201. In addition to your cluster calls with your Head Coach, there are also quarterly training meetings to which all coaches are invited. We meet for 2 hours and have various types of learning about coaching such as teaching, role-play, sharing, and prayer.
What commitment am I making as a coach?
We are so grateful for your commitment to serve as a coach. Coaching is one of the key components to the Faithwalking journey. As a member of the Faithwalking coaching community, here is a document which spells out the commitment you are making as a coach to the Faithwalking coaching community.
What documents do I need to use as a coach?
You’ll need to use the following documents:
- Coaching Covenant (for coaches). It will cover your commitment as a coach with your coachees – Download the Coaching Covenant
- Coaching Agreement (for coachees). It will cover the commitment your coachees give their word to you as a coach – Download Coachees Agreement
- Head Coaching Agreement. Head coaches exist to improve the level of competence and connection of the Faithwalking coaching process. Head coaches give their word to the following agreements and are willing to be held accountable to them Download Head Coaching Agreement
For these documents, and others, go to the coaches page in the members section of the Faithwalking website: here and find the coaches resources at the bottom of the page.