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The Appreciative Way
Enabling Innovation at the Speed of Life          

The Clergy Coach

Rob Voyle

The Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle is a leader in the development and use of appreciative coaching in his work with clergy.

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The Career Coach

The Appreciative Way

The Dr. Kim Voyle is the Founder and Director of Pathfinders Career Services.

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The Appreciative Way

The Appreciative Way, is Rob and Kim Voyle's synthesis of:

  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • The work of Milton Erickson
  • Contemplative Spirituality

The Appreciative Way
Discover the essentials of the
Appreciative Way in this fast
read format book by Rob and
Kim Voyle.

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Restoring Hope

Restoring Hope

Practical Appreciative Inquiry based strategies to effectively resolve grief and resentment.

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Certificate in Appreciative Coaching

Certificate in

Appreciative Inquiry Based Coach Training

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Board Certified Coach (BCC)

Board Certified Coach

The Appreciative Way is a BCC founding CCE-approved coach training provider for the 90-hour course:
Certificate of Appreciative Coaching.

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Foundations of Appreciative Coaching

This five day program is also presented, and may be completed, in two 2.5 day parts as:

The only difference between the single and two part version is the sequencing of the information. The content is the same in both formats. In the five day foundations version coaching is introduced earlier in the content sequence.

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Coaching Competent, Transformational Leaders

This five day program is also presented as:

Understanding the fundamentals of leadership is essential when coaching leaders and organizational executives. We require all our coach trainees to be well grounded in understanding the core leadership competencies and tasks.

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Advanced Coaching

This five day program is also presented, and may be completed, in two 2.5 day parts as:

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Coaching Tele-Seminar

This weekly program lasts for a year. It wraps the residential training programs and provides an opportunity for participants to receive "just-in-time"consultation as they are coaching clients and developing their coaching skills.

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Who Should Attend Appreciative Coach Training

While primarily oriented toward clergy and those who work with clergy and church leaders, our Certificate in Appreciative Coaching is also open to those who have substantial experience as a Coach or mentor and who can reflect theologically and psychologically on their coaching and are interested in using their spiritual resources and understanding in their coaching.

In particular the training would be of benefit to:

  • Clergy who want to develop their coaching skills.
  • Psychologists, Consultants, and Counselors who are also clergy or who work with clergy and churches.
  • Spiritual Directors and Chaplains
  • Leaders who coach or mentor staff and volunteers.
  • Psychologists, Counselors and Coaches who want to work as Life Coaches.
  • Coaches who want to work in the business world in a way that honors their values and spirituality.

Benefits of Our Appreciative Coach Training

Our Appreciative Coach training has several qualities that create a unique benefit to the trainees:

  • Based in the Appreciative Way.
  • Actively uses your spiritual resources.
  • In person and teleconference training.
  • Small, personal training classes.

Continuing Education Credit

The Certificate in Appreciative Coaching program is part of our Continuing Education for psychologists and counselors. See Continuing Education for details of our approval to sponsor continuing education events for psychologists and counselors.

The Certificate in Appreciative Coaching program is part of our Board Certified Coach approved coach training program.

Eligibility Requirements to take Appreciative Coach Training

To participate in our Appreciative Coach training programs participants must have:

  • At least a graduate level degree (MDiv, MA, MS etc.) in the helping sciences
  • At least a graduate level degree (MBA, MS, etc.) in business or science plus 3 years of experience in a leadership role.
  • An undergraduate degree (BA, BS etc.) plus 7 years of experience in a leadership role.

Note: Work experience must be in a leadership capacity that is applicable to the work of clergy and others in leadership roles. In addition all candidates must be able to reflect theologically and psychologically on their life and work.


Each program is billed separately. Please see the individual programs for the specific program costs. These may vary slightly depending on the program and the location.
As of January 2011 the entire year-long Certificate in Appreciative Coaching has 115 hours of Continuing Education and costs $3100.

Principal Trainer

Rob Voyle is an ordained Episcopal priest, psychologist, and coach. He is the Director of the Clergy Leadership Institute. Rob was an original faculty member, and taught for five years at the College of Executive Coaching where he taught and coached hundreds of personal and executive coaches how to use appreciative inquiry as a basis for their coaching work.

We are encouraging people to participate in a grass roots promotion of this program. Please click here to download a Clergy Coaching Flyer to distribute to potential attendees.

What Participants Say

Rob's training is full of heart, wit, and passion. E.R. Executive Coach

Rob's educational model brings body, mind and spirit together. I have been challenged intellectually, transformed spiritually, touched emotionally, gathering in communally. He came into my life at just the right time. Jean Holmes, Presbyterian Pastor

Rob's appreciative coach training helped me to rethink the way I approach and provide therapy; Thanks! Dr. George Moses, Pastoral Counselor

After 45 years in the pastoral ministry and attending three events led by Rob Voyle, I have finally learned a better way to help church leaders help themselves and the people they serve. John Wilkerson, Director: Church Leadership Coaching and Consulting

Rob's combination of organizational savvy, teaching skills, theological and spiritual integration, and ability to rapidly build supportive, learning communities is quite simply the best in any of the churches today. Gray Temple, Episcopal Priest, Author and Coach

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