Become a Certified Preaching Coach

Who should become a certified preaching coach? Similar to programs in CPE supervision or spiritual direction, this program is not for everyone. Because we are certifying you professionally to “hang a shingle,” thereby taking responsibility for partnering in an important aspect of another person’s vocation, the program is rigorous, involving extensive reading, coursework, training in professional ethics, supervised practice, and evaluation.We assume, therefore, that if you want to become a certified preaching coach you are:

1) professionally motivated – you desire to add homiletic coaching to your resumé and want to engage in either a fee-based individual practice with clients, or will use this training in an organized educational setting (seminary, continuing education program, denominational program, etc.)

2) vocationally motivated – you have a profound respect for preaching, have experienced both the joys and struggles of the preacher, and experience a calling or desire to assist others to become better practitioners.

3) theologically motivated – you believe in the centrality of preaching to the life of Christian faith and the development and maintenance of the Church.

4) collaborative – you have a personality and leadership/ teaching style  that values learning from the insights and feedback of others.

How is the program structured? The program takes two years. The first cohort begins in May 2015. The second cohort begins in May 2017. Here is an outline of what is involved:

Program Structure:

  1. Colloquy 1: (Late April/early May) Coaches-in-training will gather at Vanderbilt Divinity School for five days of training.
  2. Colloquy 2: (January) Coaches-in-training will attend a five-day on-site colloquy at Vanderbilt Divinity School where they will be supervised working with peer-groups invited by program leaders.
  3. Field Work: (Winter-Fall) Each coach will constitute a peer-group near where they live. Coaches will supervise 8 peer-group sessions under the guidance (through video-conferencing) of a homiletics faculty supervisor.
  4. Colloquy 3: (January) Coaches return to Vanderbilt Divinity School for a final three-day evaluation colloquy and graduation.

Next cohort dates:

Colloquy 1: May 1-5, 2017

Colloquy 2: January 8-12, 2018

Colloquy 3: January 2-4, 2019


Frequently Asked Questions:

When does the program begin?  

The next cohort begins with Colloquy 1: May 1-5, 2017.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition is 2750.00. The Lilly Foundation pays 50%. You pay 1375.00.

Can I recoup the cost of tuition by coaching others? 

Yes. You may collect coaching fees during your interim year of field work. (50% of these fees will be paid by the program). You should recoup the remaining half of your total tuition expenses.

Do I have to pay for travel? 

Yes. We do not support travel for any participant.

Do I have to pay for food? 

Yes. We provide snacks only.

Do I have to pay for Housing? 

No. All participants, including your preaching group members, are housed at Scarritt Bennett Retreat Center at our expense.