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Joanna Hollis Coach/Leader

The Academy of Artful Leadership helps gifted leaders continue to grow through hosted conversations around key themes in ministry, peer learning, and individual coaching. The outcome is greater clarity and calculated movement toward transformational congregational leadership.

The Academy utilizes a “coach approach” process, which means that instead of relying on instruction from a teacher or prescriptions from a consultant, a coach helps to mine the expertise and internal wisdom of congregational leaders. This “coach approach” process helps leaders discern the God-sized things that need to happen, develop a plan to get there, and celebrate with them when they do.

Topics Covered

  • Spiritual Leadership — How to remain a life-giving adaptive and spiritual leader.
  • Adaptive Leadership — Best practices for connecting with the mission field around you.
  • The Importance of Vision and the Power of Smart Goals — The power of setting SMART goals for ministry.
  • Disruption as Holy Opportunity — What needs to be honored, and what needs to be disrupted for the sake of the Kingdom?
  • Enhancing Small Group Ministry — Why leaders should be starting new small groups continuously.
  • Empowering Lay Leadership — Tools for developing lay leadership.
  • Fresh Expressions of Worship — What one change would increase the vitality of your worship?
  • The Coach Approach to Ministry — How to utilize the “coach approach” in ministry.



Payable in two installments due September 15, 2021 and January 15, 2022.
(If additional financial assistance is needed, CLICK HERE to contact Rob Droste and submit a request form.)



Wednesdays, 9:00-10:30am Eastern on the following dates:

  • September 22, 2021
  • October 20, 2021
  • November 10, 2021
  • December 15, 2021
  • January 19, 2022
  • February 9, 2022
  • March 16, 2022
  • April 27, 2022

Individual coaching calls will be scheduled between you and your coach at a time that is convenient for you.


  • 18 hours of coaching that includes:
    • Peer Group Learning — Eight monthly 90-minute group sessions designed to spark dynamic conversation around key themes in ministry.
    • Six individual one-on-one coaching sessions with a trained coach, focusing on challenges and opportunities in ministry.
  • Teaching Videos and Worksheets –monthly, around crucial ministry themes
  • Certificate of Leadership Development upon completion of the training


Once the group is full, you will have the opportunity to sign up on a wait list. We will open a second group if needed.


Greetings! I am Joanna Hollis, and I am an Episcopal priest and a Congregational Coach from the Diocese of New Jersey. I am a mother to one, a partner to one, a runner, singer and lover of all things Divine Feminine.  I offer my clients of a loving, nonjudgmental and compassionate space to explore their truths and find clarity in their lives.  I believe that my clients, in their deep knowing, already have the answers they seek and that they can come to those answers with gentle guidance and honest conversations.  I work with both groups and individuals and help my clients move and take actions towards their goals within the congregational context and outside of it.


Contact Joanna if you need more information or have questions.

Joanna Hollis, 732-545-6262,

About the Author –

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Rev. Chris Holmes, PCC,  has been coaching church leaders across many denominations since 2008, with over 1000 hours coaching laity, clergy, denominational leaders and bishops. In the United Methodist Church he leads the coaching team working with new district superintendents and directors of connectional ministry, as well as several conference leadership cabinets.

Chris authored, along with George Howard, the Coach Approach Skill Training (CAST) for ministry, which is an approved training program of the International Coach Federation. CAST has now trained over 1000 church leaders in the basic and advanced skills of coaching for ministry. He also is co-creator and faculty for Auburn Seminary’s coach training and author of The Art of Coaching Clergy, as well as many articles on coaching.

As a founding member of the Maryland Chapter of the International Coach Federation, Chris served as President from 2012-2014. Prior to coaching, he pastored churches for 26 years and served as District Superintendent of the Annapolis District in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Chris and Margaret have been married for over 35 years, have three grown children. Chris is an accomplished watercolor artist.

General Questions

Contact Lynda Otte, 614-245-8813,