Now accepting Coach Training applications until May 22nd

Move Forward Together

Ministry Leaders: help others move toward their preferred future through coaching

Upgrade your ministry impact through coaching

Help others move forward in life - getting unstuck may be closer than you think!

Eliminate repeated conversations about the same issues - free up time in your day and multiply your impact

Learn in a collaborative environment - surround yourself with other ministry leaders who are in the trenches with you


Are you tired of the "same old?"

If you've wanted to help your people overcome their obstacles more reliably, if you've been frustrated by having the same conversations over and over, if you long to see those you lead actually taking steps toward health and wholeness - then coach training is for you!

Coach training changed my life

Hi, I'm Cindy Scott. A number of years ago I was a dean at a Bible school. I listened to student after student share their problems with me. I listened, cared for them, and offered a ton of (I hoped) helpful advice.

A month later, they'd be back in my office with the same problems again. I'd dive in with even more ideas, but eventually I realized I needed something different.

That's when I found coaching. I realized I was telling way too much, and not encouraging ownership - of their options and action steps. When I started listening and asking deeper questions about goals and choices, I felt a release from the pressure to provide answers and began asking questions like: "What's one thing you could do to move forward this week?"

Right before my eyes, things started to change. These people I loved stopped coming to me simply to vent, because they knew I'd expect them to do something about it. They learned to connect with God for themselves, took ownership of their lives, grew in confidence, and most importantly: they began to actually move forward in the things that mattered most to them.

Coaching transformed the way I interacted with the people in my work and personal life - and it can do the same for you.


Coaching is a straightforward and powerful tool for unlocking people's desires and dreams.

But it's not for everyone.

Some leaders are used to telling people what to do. In fact, some even enjoy the power and authority they have.

Coaching isn't for these people.

But if you want to...

  • empower and enable those you lead to go farther faster
  • multiply your impact by raising up mature believers who can hear and respond to what God is speaking
  • free your schedule by not holding repetitive meetings with people who are dependent on you

Then coaching is most definitely for you!

What is Coaching?

Coaching is a mindset and a specific set of skills that helps leaders walk with people on their journey with God, and point them to what He has already been speaking.

Journey in freedom

When Jesus walked with His disciples, He didn't seek to control their behavior and words. He asked questions, told stories, and dug into the heart of what mattered most.

Coaching does the same for the people in your life. You'll learn how to ask empowering questions that will lead people to personal "Aha" moments.

Empower those you lead

When people own their decision-making process, they're strengthened in their personal walk with God. They depend less on you for their answers, and are more willing to take positions of influence in the Kingdom.

Release control

It's the essence of dying to oneself: recognizing I don't have to have the right answers for the people I lead, and even if I think I do - what good is it if they need to come to me for everything? Coaching means embracing the truth that we're all on a journey together, and we don't need to control others along the way.

Avoid frustration

Have you ever had the same conversation with someone multiple times? They've insisted they want to change, yet they don't take steps forward.

Coaching short-circuits that process by drawing action steps and ownership out of the other person. You don't have to come up with convincing arguments for your ideas; instead, you help them create goals and next steps for wherever they're at and encourage them along the way.

Multiply your effectiveness

When I was a dean at a Bible school, my schedule was packed two weeks out with back-to-back meetings. Many of those conversations were on similar topics, and I couldn't get ahead on anything else!

When people start moving forward in life, your schedule opens up - they don't need you as much anymore! Even better, the people you lead are growing in confidence and wisdom, and the overall impact of your ministry increases.

"I believe every serious leader should consider some level of coach training in order to broaden their ability to bring guidance to people around them."

Chris Ball
President, Elim Fellowship

"Cindy's content is gold and the process she introduces you to is transforming. The investment of my time and energy in being taught by this seasoned coach-trainer was beyond worth it. I highly recommend Bridges Coaching to anyone wanting to live, lead and coach at another level!"

Joshua Finley
Leadership Speaker & Coach

"I learned to slow down and value what God was doing in another person’s life."

David Bonadies
Associate Pastor, Church of the Living God

Hi, I'm Cindy Scott

(and that's my good-looking husband Eric!)

We got our start in ministry over 30 years ago and have served in roles ranging from group home house-parents, to youth ministry leaders, to working as deans in a Bible college, and care pastoring in local churches. Our journey has been an adventure every step of the way!

(This pic is actually from an adventure we had on the Sea of Galilee visiting our daughter in Israel last year.)

The coaching paradigm has changed my life personally and enhanced my ministry effectiveness exponentially.

When I realized my core passion was coaching, I followed through with a Masters in Ministry, four coaching certifications, and then launched Bridges Coaching in 2011. Since then I have amassed over 1,000 hours coaching and Bridges has certified over 150 life coaches.

I love equipping ministry leaders with practical coaching skills to help multiply their effectiveness in ministry. How could coach training help you? Read on for more details.

Coaching is both Biblical and effective

Ministry leaders need a variety of skills: public speaking, Bible knowledge, administration - and many more. Coaching is one of the best tools you can use to encourage personal growth because it's both Biblical and highly effective.

It’s Biblical

Coaching is built on listening to people, asking powerful questions, and helping others identify and take ownership of the next steps they need do to move forward in life. How does this line up with Biblical principles?

  • God often chooses to ask questions to draw out principles and help people learn. (Gen 3:9, 1 Kings 19:9, Matt 6:27, Matt 8:26, Matt 16:15)
  • God does not control our decision-making, but releases us to choose our path. Our leadership should reflect God's heart for us. (Gen 1:26-29, Gal 5:13)
  • Coaching encourages people to grow up and carry their own load, growing spiritual muscles in the process. (Gal 6:5)
  • The opposite approach of telling others what to do isn’t necessarily Biblical, and if we're honest it can be manipulative and controlling. This doesn't remove the need for teaching in other contexts, but coaching promotes personal conversations that bring transformational change.
  • Hearing from God for another person is a bad model because it is a lose-lose proposition:
    • If you're right in your direction, you've taught them to come to you when they need to hear from God; this can lead to manipulation or domination, or at least stunt their growth.
    • If you're wrong, it can be even worse if they become disillusioned with God or the church, or use this situation as an excuse to walk away from God.
  • Helping people learn to hear from God for themselves, even if they mess up, is the God-model for growth that coaching promotes!


It’s effective (It works)

  • When a person comes to an “Aha” moment on their own, that is when real learning and transformation begins.
    • Ex: "Aren't you going to wear a coat?" doesn’t usually work as well as allowing someone to get cold and remember on their own in the future.
  • Nagging, preaching, harping - whatever you want to call it - doesn’t work.
    • The person may comply but likely only in your presence.
    • People become numb or deaf to hearing advice when they aren’t asking for it.
  • People grow from success they've had hearing from God and taking action out of their own free will. Experience, whether from success or failure, helps people learn and do better next time.
  • Individuals need to carry their own load.
    • Sometimes caregivers, spouses, parents, or friends are more concerned about a person's problems than the person themselves. People need to feel their own need for change. They will often not have the personal fuel for change if someone else is solving their problems or continually pushing them beyond where they want to grow.
    • When everyone carries their own load, we realize we can't blame others for our own choices.

How do we learn coaching?

Coach Training will give you specific skills and tools to tap into these principles listed above. You'll learn:

  • Active Listening - have you ever realized you were well into a conversation, but not really hearing what the other person was saying? It's common for all of us to focus on our great solution to someone's problem, or even just other random ideas in our head. Learn to honor those we care about with the skill of Active Listening. 
  • Asking Powerful Questions - Jesus was a master question-asker, in part because questions dug to the heart of his audience's motivations in a way nothing else could. We help others have breakthrough moments when we ask incisive questions and allow them to identify their own path forward.
  • The Coaching ROAD - an easy-to-remember model for how to approach every conversation. This is the all-important "how" behind applying these principles.
  • The Always Circle - a central truth in life that, when we embrace it, changes our outlook when challenges comes.
  • The Wheel of Life - learn how to evaluate life holistically, and identify areas to celebrate and those that need attention.
  • Coaching meeting outlines and assessments - ready-to-use tools that help you make the most of your meetings.
  • The Freedom Prayer - identifying lies and limiting beliefs in our lives and submitting them to God.
  • Goal-setting that works - how to create goals that stick and that people are motivated to follow-through on.
  • And many other tools, tips, and practices to make your personal interactions more effective and life-giving.

Included in Your Coach Training

Building a Coaching Culture is Bridges Coaching's premier coach training program. It includes:

12 weeks of content

A unique blend of group online classes, video curriculum, weekly facilitated small group meetings, reading, and more!

3 live group online classes

Hosted by Cindy Scott herself, you'll meet with your entire class (cohort) to learn and process your lessons together.

11 facilitated online two-on-one meetings

These peer pair meetings are where your weekly interaction and application will happen. Each facilitator has completed Building a Coaching Culture and received special facilitation training.

10+ hours of video

These videos give you direct access to Cindy's 1,000+ hours of personal coaching experience, as well as the wisdom she's given to 150+ coach trainees over the last seven years.

Professionally-designed workbook

Keep all of your notes in one place, and use it as powerful reference guide after the 12 week course is over.

Certificate of completion

Upon successful completion of the coursework and the agreement of your facilitator, you will be recognized as a trained coach by Bridges Coaching. Some people use this course as a springboard into a coaching career; many others use these skills in their daily work and personal life.

Key Dates

The three all-cohort online meetings are one of the highlights of the course! Meet your fellow participants and learn coaching principles together. Each gathering is hosted live by Cindy Scott.

Kickoff meeting: June 3, 2018 @ 6pm EST

Meet your class of up to 16 fellow coach trainees and hear Cindy's personal greeting and introduction to coaching.

Midpoint gathering: July 15, 2018 @ 6pm EST

This is a crucial class on your journey toward partnering with those you lead. This class marks the transition from learning about coaching to setting up your first coaching sessions. 

Final Celebration: August 26, 2018 @ 6pm EST

This finish-line class marks the capstone of your coach training journey. Learn final lessons to lock-in your coaching knowledge and plan action steps to apply these lessons to your work and personal life.

Mark your calendars now!

Generous Weekly Meeting Availability

Between the all-cohort group calls, you'll meet weekly with your facilitator and peer partner. Morning, afternoon, and evening sessions are available for most days of the work week, and a few Saturday sessions are open as well.

Each facilitator brings unique skills and perspectives to your meetings. You can meet your available facilitators here.

Special requests

Peer partner: it can be extremely helpful to go through coach training with someone you know. If you both request each other and your availability works with your facilitator, you will be partnered together.

Facilitator: you have the option to request a certain facilitator when you check out. It will substantially help your chances of a match if you check their availability, and it helps if you request a peer partner as well.

Weekly meeting time: when you register you'll list your availability for your weekly call with your facilitator and peer partner.

Facilitators and meeting times are first-come, first-served; please sign up ASAP to get your preferred weekly meeting and facilitator!

Pricing Options

Bridges Coaching's Coach Training is a unique blend of video content, group classes, peer sessions, experiencing coaching, and practicing coaching under the care of a trained facilitator. No other coaching program includes such diversity and depth of training at this price point.

Personal coach training


In-person coach training: $2,500


12 personal development sessions: $200/each

Not available

Building a Coaching Culture Certification Workshop


3 live group classes facilitated online by Cindy

11 live online video sessions with your peer partner & trained facilitator

10+ hours of video training

Weekly coaching in pairs

Practice observed coaching with feedback

Online community

Professionally printed notebook

Bridges Coaching Certification

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Other solutions


Other providers charge $2,500 or more to experience observed coaching by trained facilitators and to experience coaching in two-person groups.

Not available

Guarantee: 100% money back

If you're unhappy with Bridges Coach's Coach Training course during the first 30 days, we will give your money back.

We're convinced coach training will be revolutionary in your life and work. As you apply the skills of active listening and partnering with people as they grow in their personal journey with God, we're sure you'll be thankful for this course.

However, if you enter the program and you realize it's not for you, email our awesome support team at [email protected] within 30 days of signing up. Include a scan of your workbook up to that point, and we'll give you a full refund.

Now, we recognize we're taking a risk. Not only do we make all our video and printed content available to you immediately, but it causes significant problems to break up peer pairs once they're established.

But we would rather take that risk on ourselves, rather than leave you with any question in your mind whether this is a good investment.

BTW, we ask for a scan of your notebook because we're convinced that if you apply the principles we teach, you'll begin to see growth. We want to know you've taken steps toward honestly applying these principles. If you've done that and we're still not a good fit, we'll refund your money.

We believe in coach training, and we have every reason to think you will as well. If we're wrong, you can have your money back.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Building a Coaching Culture?

Building a Coaching Culture is coach training that equips you to help others move forward in their lives. Through a unique blend of live content and in-depth video curriculum, you'll learn the tools of active listening, asking powerful questions, helping people recognize the season they're in, and much more.

How is Bridges' Coach Training different from other courses?

Some courses want you to pay $2,500+ (plus travel expenses!) for days of in-person teaching, while other distance training omits personal, small group interaction. Building a Coaching Culture strikes a uniquely effective balance of video teaching, personal reading, live discussion and application, and observed practice with live feedback from your trained facilitator.

Is Coach Training for me?

If you work with people, you need coach training. Seriously! Whether you're a pastor, counselor, volunteer coordinator, or even a parent dedicated to developing young leaders in your family, coaching is a fundamental skill that helps others move toward their preferred future.

How is Coach Training delivered?

Over twelve weeks you'll watch and interact with eleven 90-minute online videos, read two books, receive personal coaching, practice coaching and hear feedback from your facilitator, and participate in weekly internet group calls to discuss what you're learning. A reliable high-speed internet connection is required, as is a webcam or similar online camera so we can see your smiling face during live online meetings. We'll also have regular conversations in a private Facebook group, so you'll need a Facebook account as well.

How much time does the course take?

Building a Coaching Culture is a serious committment over the 12 weeks of the course. We recommend you plan to spend at least 4-6 hours per week between reading, watching videos, processing what you're learning, and doing live calls.

Is there support as I go through the course?

Absolutely! You'll talk weekly with your trained facilitator, and they'll walk with you as you learn and apply each lesson. You'll also post every week to your all-cohort Facebook group and grow together with your fellow classmates.

Is there a signup deadline? Why?

Yes, registration closes at 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, May 22nd. Because the class has defined starting and ending classes, and we go through each week's content at the same time, we can't have registration open indefinitely. After May 22nd, all our attention turns toward serving Bridges' current coach trainees.

Are there payment options?

The $1,497 one-time investment is our most popular option, but if you prefer monthly payments, you can pay three installments of $547/month over the next three months.

How does the guarantee work?

Anytime within 30 days after you sign up, reach out to [email protected] with a scan or picture of your workbook up to that point. We don't get many refund requests, so we'd love to know why you're not satisfied, but either way, we'll refund your full payment right away to the original source of payment.

I have another question - who can I ask?

Shoot us an email at [email protected] - we'd love to help!

"I think everyone who cares about relationships and ministry ought to strongly consider taking coach training. It’s helped me consider the real reasons for what I say and do in all my relationships. It’s built my faith up that the Lord has the grace and the power and the ability to reveal His plans to everyone."

- Pastor Jack Hempfling, Living Waters Church

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