The Rev. Jeff Eddings is the Southeast Region and Coaching associate for the 1001 New Worshiping Communities movement. The 1001 coaching network includes more than 75 coaches from a rich diversity of backgrounds and experience. Jeff connects these coaches to NWC project leaders for guidance, support and encouragement in their work.
Jeff is also co-pastor of Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community, a church he helped start in 2004. Jeff lives in the South Side of Pittsburgh with his wife, Carolyn, their two sons, Ben and Sam, and their dogs, Luna and Duncan. The Ignatian motto “finding God in all things” is one Jeff seeks to live by. He most readily finds God in spending time with his family, camping, good coffee and sitting under a star-filled sky. You can learn more about Jeff and his work at jeffeddings.com.
Q: My Investment Grant commitment letter says I am required to have a coach. Why do I need a coach?
A: Starting a new worshiping community is hard work, and you shouldn’t have to do it alone. A good coach can walk beside you on the journey and help you along the way. Coaches meet regularly with you to listen, ask great questions, help you discover your gifts, and enable you to discern the way forward when you get stuck.
Q: How do I find a coach?
A: 1001 New Worshiping Communities has many trained coaches. For additional information, email Jeff Eddings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What does it cost to contract with a 1001 coach?
A: We recommend an annual stipend of $1,500 paid by the new worshiping community to the coach. In addition, we recommend one site visit per year, also funded by the new worshiping community.
Q: Is there any way we can get financial help for the cost of a coach?
A: We strongly recommend that the presbytery or partner congregation share in the cost of the coaching agreement. All parties have a part in the coaching relationship and benefit from coaching. The grant itself may be used to contribute toward the expense of a coach. When coaching was added as a condition for grant recipients, the amount of the grant was increased to address the added cost associated with the conditions. Or consider using the specific cost of a coaching contract + site visit (around $2,000) to gain a new donor to your community. A donor who has experienced the importance of coaching may be pleased to give for that purpose.
Q: Do we have to use one of the 1001-affiliated coaches?
A: No. Some presbyteries have other resources they can offer. Our 1001 coaches are specially trained to work with leaders of new worshiping communities. We have coaches who speak a variety of languages. But you are welcome to select a coach who works well for you.
Q: How do I inform you that I have a coach?
A: Please send a signed copy of the coaching agreement to email@example.com or have someone from your presbytery oversight committee write a letter affirming that you have an agreement with a coach for at least one year.
“I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” — Luke 12:49