MARY and ELIZABETH Coaching Ministry by Ingrid Wang
In the biblical story of Mary and Elizabeth (Luke 1:26-46), when Mary received the call to bear the Holy child, she was only a teenager. Though she answered the call by responding, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord," (Luke 1:38) Mary faced a tough challenge: gossip, whispers, and suspicion from people in her village. Mary left to visit her cousin, Elizabeth who was pregnant with the herald of the Messiah. These two women supported each other throughout their journey of pregnancy and fulfilled the mission they were called to do.
As AAPI clergywomen, we understand that serving in ministry can be tough and lonely. Having someone walked with is a huge blessing. Though we may be spread throughout the country, the new technology helps to shorten our geographic distance and makes connection much more accessible.
As a follow up with our theme "Mary and Elizabeth" of the biennial meeting held in San Jose, CA in 2010, a task force team has been formed to plan the development of our Mary and Elizabeth ministry. With prayers and extensive research in the past two years, we feel the best way to connect our sisters and to maximize their potential is through a coaching relationship.
What is Coaching?The International Coach Federation defines coaching as "partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential." My personal experience as a Life Coach is to help people to explore new possibilities that get the result they want by bringing out the best in them. Coaching is to help people bridge the gap between where they are in life and ministry and where they want to be. Coaching is a developmental or discovery-based process. It is a positive way to empower people to maximize their potential.
Three Key Components of Coaching:
Coaching is a partnership.
Coaching accelerates what is already underway or about to begin.
Coaching maximize potential, moving people from good to great.
The Benefit of Coaching includes providing support, bringing clarity, increasing efficiency, holding accountability and accelerating success.
Since 2012, there is a pilot group of AAPI clergywomen who have received the basic coach training and paired up to practice coaching. The result is phenomenal. We will introduce more coaching at our next biennial meeting in Chicago, October 29-31. We also plan to offer more coach training in the coming years. Please feel free to contact me at for more details. I also strongly encourage you to fill out the questionnaire we provided online so we may know you better.