Move Forward Together

Help others get unstuck and move toward their best "next" through coaching!

Upgrade your ministry impact through coaching

In this course, you'll learn...

  • ...how leaders often accidentally - and innocently! - sabotage the growth of the people around them.
  • ...the best way to decrease your time spent in repeated personal meetings, and increase time you spend on what matters most.
  • ...how to feel confident you’re leading people toward growth and ownership.

Registration is open!

We wanted to offer a cohort that you could do during this time of quarantine to honor requests of those who find this season a good time to lean in. So, registration is open until the cohort is at capacity.

At Bridges Coaching our cohorts:

  • Have a maximum capacity of 10 people. So, you will definitely get "air time" in ever group session.
  • Work with personal connection. Each participant meets regularly with their peer partner and their facilitator. This 2:1 ratio gives personal attention like no other program we have heard of. (To tell the truth that is what I wanted when I took coach training so I designed the course for maximum application!)

We All Want to Make a Difference

Whether you’re in a leadership role in your ministry environment, or a believer who simply wants to make a difference in the Kingdom, we all started out wanting to help people grow, right?

  • Pastors: we want to shepherd our members to grow in obedience and Christlike maturity
  • Small group leaders: we want our group members to grow in Bible knowledge, care for each other, and engagement in our communities.
  • As individuals: we care about our co-workers and family members, and we desire for them to make healthy decisions.

At the core of it, we want to know that our prayer, teaching, mentoring, leadership, and advice have mattered and really made an impact. And while there’s certainly an element that is in God’s hands to do, how we approach these tasks matters immensely.

That’s what coach training does: it gives us the skills actually lead people forward. We won’t leave meetings and wonder a few weeks later if they did anything with our conversation. We’ll see real fruit in their lives: actionable steps towards the goals that matter most.

Choose your option

Bridges Coaching's coach training program 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.

Coaching Culture Video Workshop

$147

10+ hours of video training

Online community

Professionally printed notebook

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Coaching Culture Certification Workshop

$1,547

3 live group classes facilitated online

10+ hours of video training

11 live online sessions with your peer partner & trained facilitator

Personal Coaching

Practice observed coaching with feedback

Online community

Professionally printed notebook

Bridges Coaching Certification

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This is your opportunity

We all want our people to move forward. Coaching training will equip you to ask insightful questions, increase other's ownership of their lives, and multiply the impact of your ministry.

Do you have a desire to help others grow?

Maybe you’re in a ministry leadership position, and the primary goal of your role is to help people grow in maturity and be more like Christ.

Or maybe you’re a believer who has found other people coming to you - friends, family, co-workers, or small group leaders - and you want to help people take more purposeful steps forward.

I’m going to share with you the most powerful method I know for helping others take ownership of their lives and gain traction in the issues that matter most to them.

I'm talking about helping people who literally have not taken action in years about things they say are important to them, and seeing breakthrough happen in just a few short weeks or months.

You’ll learn the most common ways that leaders tend to hold their people back, and by the end of the course, you'll feel confident that you know how to equip those around you to pursue everything God has for them.

Hi, I'm Cindy Scott. I've spent most of my adult life in ministry. As I've talked with countless pastors, small group leaders, and other influencers over the years, I've noticed a common theme: many leaders see a gap between what their people are capable of, and what they're actually accomplishing.

It seems like a deceptively easy fix: just help our people be more productive! But despite all the hours spent in training, personal meetings, reading books, and group teaching, the problem persists. Sure, some people are growing, but not at the scale we know is possible.

Do you relate?

I've been there, too

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.

BUT FIRST, A WARNING

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!

“Coaching has added years to my ministry shelf life”

My husband, Eric, said the words above to me just a few years ago as he was learning coaching. As a care pastor, he's wonderfully people-oriented and compassionate.

But he realized he could do more and make a greater impact if, instead of helping carry people’s burdens for them, he coached them into healthy and life-giving decisions.

As he stepped out in coaching, the people he ministered to grew in their ownership of their problems and questions, and this lightened his own sense of responsibility toward their trials. 30+ years into ministry, he has a renewed sense of energy and vision for his work - and the same feeling is possible for you as well!

"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

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.

 

Included in Your Coach Training

Coaching Culture is offered in two different forms: an in-depth online video course, or a 12-week certification program which includes Life Coach Certification from Bridges Coaching. Read more on these options below.

Both forms of training will teach you to:

Recognize the difference between coaching and counseling

...and how to know when to use each one in your ministry.

Avoid “infantizing” people

...the relationship-killing habit we can all fall into that holds others back from forward progress.

Understand the Biblical roots of coaching

...explore the power of free will and how God has made a way for us to connect directly with Him in the New Testament!

Embrace healthy boundaries for care ministry

...taught by my very own care pastor husband! Avoid getting bogged down by other people's burdens.

Practice the "presence" of Active Listening

...with specific prompts and practice assignments to build healthy listening habits into your life.

Ask powerful (empowering) questions

...unlock the core issues that hold people back from moving forward

Prompt people into action WITHOUT being controlling

...with the 4-step NICE model for asking life-transforming questions.

Implement my proprietary coaching framework

...I call it the Coaching ROAD - an easy resource for you to remember to apply coaching in your everyday life.

 

Two coach training options

Choose the form of training that best fits your needs: online-videos at your own pace, or group training with Bridges Coaching certification.

Video course

 

10+ hours of video training

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 200+ certified coach trainees over the last decade.

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.

Flexible schedule

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

Certification

The Coaching Culture certification course 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 a certified Bridges coach-trained facilitator, you'll meet with your entire class (cohort) to learn and process your learning 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 Coaching certification as well as focused 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 200+ certified coach trainees over the last decade.

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.

Life coach certification

Upon successful completion of the coursework and the recommendation of your facilitator, you will be recognized as a trained life 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.

2 Bonues: Multiply your growth

All of the items above - and many more! - are covered in your training. But I realized there are some ways I can equip you even more, so I've created three bonuses that I hope make this decision a no-brainer.

Bonus #1: Professionally designed & printed notebook

Almost every online course I have taken includes some nice PDF downloads, but that's about it. But I want you to be much better equipped than that

So, if you order before time runs out, I will ship you, at my expense, a professionally printed workbook that goes beyond the material just included in the videos themselves. The workbook includes:

  • Prompts for discussion, either online or with a partner
  • Recommended reading that reinforces the video content.
  • Powerful activation exercises that help lock in the lessons you're learning.

This notebook is no joke - it’s over 100+ pages of note-taking guides, action steps, and supplemental exercises that will take your understanding an activation to the next level.

Bonus #2: Lifetime access to the Bridges coach training online community

No one wants to walk alone, and with this course, you won't! You’ll get instant access, along with every other alumni who has taken coach training, to our exclusive online community.

You can ask questions, share success stories, and be encouraged in your coaching journey alongside others who are also living a coaching lifestyle.

You'll to tap into the encouragement and depth of experience of dozens and hundreds of like-minded believers who are building their lives around coaching principles.

In addition, I and my team of trained facilitators will join in the conversation with tips, resources, and encouragement all along the way.

Certification Course Details

Everything you need to know about meeting online in your group classes & with your facilitator and peer partner.

Key Certification Course Dates

Only for certification course students

The three all-cohort online meetings are one of the highlights of the course! Meet your fellow participants and learn coaching principles together.

Kickoff meeting: Sept. 20, 2020 @ 6pm EST

Meet your class of up to 12 fellow coach trainees and get a personal introduction to coaching.

Midpoint gathering: Nov. 1, 2020 @ 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: Dec. 6, 2020 @ 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

Only for certification course students

Along with the all-cohort group classes you'll meet weekly with your facilitator and peer partner. Morning, afternoon, and evening sessions are available for most days of the work week.

Each facilitator brings unique skills and perspectives to your meetings. 

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'll be matched with a peer partner and facilitator. If you happen to know one personally, please let us know. 

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

Note: please read the facilitator availability times - some are during the workday, so please make sure your availability is synced if you request a facilitator.

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

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 support@bridgescoaching.net 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 (in the certification course) 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?

Many coach training course cost upwards of $2,500+ (plus travel expenses and vacation time!) for days of in-person teaching, while other distance training omits personal, small group interaction. Bridges Coaching certification 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?

Certification course: over twelve weeks you'll watch and interact with selected videos each week, read two books, receive personal coaching, practice coaching and hear feedback from your facilitator, and participate in weekly virtual meetings to discuss what you're learning.

Video-only course: you'll receive the same video training as the certification course for you to go through at your own pace.

For both formats, a reliable high-speed internet connection is required. For the certification course, a webcam or similar online camera is also required 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?

The certification course is a serious commitment over the 12 weeks of the course. We recommend you plan to spend about 4 hours per week between reading, watching videos, processing what you're learning, and the online meetings.

The video-only course will take quite a bit less time, but we encourage you to slow down, journal, and do the hard work of applying these lessons to your life - we want you to get the most possible out of the course!

Is there support as I go through the course?

Absolutely! In the certification course, you'll talk weekly with your peer partner and 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 closed Facebook group and grow together with your fellow classmates.

The video course will have access to the private Bridges Coaching Facebook page, as well as email support to get answers for anything that comes up. (Can I be  honest though - it works so much better if you go through with someone else. Start brainstorming who you could invite on this journey with you!)

How soon should I register?

This cohort will close as soon as it is filled.  Since Amazon is not promising 2 day delivery at this time, registering as soon as possible will make having your books in hand for the first class more likely. (However, We will make sure you have access to the first chapters in pdf form right away just in case.)

Are there any deals going on right now?

YES! Bridges is offering a $200 discount for a friend if you recruit your own peer partner! (Just FYI, they'll receive the discount and you can give it as a gift or work out a way to split the difference with them.)

Are there payment options?

The $1,547 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. The video course also has an option to pay over three months.

How does the guarantee work?

Anytime within 30 days after you sign up, reach out to support@bridgescoaching.net 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 support@bridgescoaching.net - 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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