Clergy have the great privilege of sharing intimate experiences with their congregants – the birth of a child, parenting, marriage and of course death and loss. In doing this sacred work, clergy can be thrust into the raw and extreme emotional reactions of their congregants. This intensity can be confusing and painful.
Working with a coach helps clergy to learn how to stay emotionally available to their congregants without feeling overwhelmed. Clergy learn how to transcend factionalism and nurture a common vision. Coaching can help clergy to rediscover their motivation and feel more fulfilled.
After eleven years as a pulpit rabbi, I returned to graduate school to earn a doctorate in clinical psychology. I wrote my dissertation on the emotional life and motivations of rabbis. I have presented papers and conducted workshops on rabbinic development and synagogue leadership at conferences around the country for the past 25 years.
If you would like to find out more about coaching, please contact me for a free phone consultation.