Professional CoachingEncouragement through an honest conversational process that provides accountability for growth and change
for the Missions Community
You don't have to go it alone. Our coaches believe in you, support you, and walk with you through seasons of transition. We believe you are worth the investment.
Our professional coaches are well trained, certified, and experienced. Through telephone or Skype we connect with you anywhere in the world.
Your coach talks with you twice a month to work on your agenda. They help you process the challenges you face and create a plan for moving forward.
We help you align your life and ministry with God's Word so that you can increase your effectiveness. You are a worshipper first, then a worker.
HONESTY AND INTEGRITY
Our coaches are pledged to confidentiality. They provide an honest and grace-filled relationship where you can be open and real.
We partner with sending churches and agencies to serve as an extra source of member care and staff development.
The Need for Missions Coaching by the Numbers
US Missionaries sent in 2010
% Of those who leave the field each year
leave for Preventable Reasons
Unreached People Groups
Read More about the relevant need for Missionary Coaching.
About UsProfessional coaching produces healthier lives and ministries
OUR FOUNDER'S HEART
Itrusted Christ as my Savior at age 12. When I was 13 I promised the Lord I would go wherever He wanted me to go and would do whatever He wanted me to do. As the founder and CEO of Advance Global Coaching – and with more than two decades of cross-cultural experience behind me – I am still keeping that promise. I remember what it is like to feel inadequate, alone, and to wonder if I am really making a difference.
Today, my passion is to undergird cross-cultural workers. To support you in a way that nourishes and sustains you. I believe that coaching is a personalized tool that can help reduce the attrition rate. Wherever you are in the world, this ongoing support is personal, affordable and accessible. We have a team of coaches to serve you. We want you to thrive in your calling!
WHO WE ARE
Advance Global Coaching is a 501c3 corporation established in 2007 to advance the Kingdom of God around the globe by providing professional coaching for the missions community. Most mission agencies give or require some training up front before a worker departs for the field and if there is a crisis at some point they hopefully offer counseling. Many organizations struggle to care for their people in between training and a crisis. Our AGC coaching team provides emotional and spiritual support for your important journey. We want you to be more effective and accomplish all God has for you.
Please contact us if you:
- have questions about coaching
- would benefit from a season of coaching
- want to introduce us to your sending church or agency
Meet The TeamExperienced, Professional & Passionate Individuals
Sherri DoddFounder/CEO/Christian Life Coach/PCC
Sherri Dodd is a career missionary, ministry leader and a Professional Certified Coach. She has a passion to see those in missions work thrive, not just survive. learn more »
Melissa ChaplinChristian Life Coach, PCC
Melissa Chaplin passionately loves the Lord and her heartbeat is to know Him and make Him known among all peoples. She has been privileged to serve in the missions community, overseas and in the US, since 2001. learn more »
Kelly McClellandChristian Life Coach, CLC
Kelly McClelland is a certified life coach who knows about change and transitions from experience. He and his wife, Connie are second career missionaries. learn more »
Neil PrenticeChristian Life Coach, ACC
An ordained minister, Neil has degrees in Christian Education and Ministry with emphasis in leadership development. He specializes in the development of vision, mission, and strategy. learn more »
Cheryl PrenticeChristian Life Coach, ACC
Cheryl has worked with missionaries, Business As Mission (BAM) folks, office workers, business people, parents, couples, teenagers, as well as entrepreneurs. She covers topics of faith/beliefs, health/wellness, and transitions, among others. learn more »
Our Advance Global Coaching Team is grateful for the support of our Board of Directors & Advisory Board. Meet the Support Team »
Our Coaching PackagesWe provide personal, relevant coaching for individuals and married couples in mission work
- Partnership Development
- Leaving Well
- Cultural Adjustment
- Language Learning
- Ministry Engagement
- Setting Sustainable Expectations
- Ministry Strategies
- Personal Growth
- Spiritual Renewal
- Team Dynamics
- Life Balance
- Thriving as a Single
- Marriage and Parenting Growth
- Finding Rest
- Thriving in Re-entry
- Next Steps
- Embracing New Seasons
- Balancing Changing Relationships
- Mission Agency Leaders
- Mission Pastors
- Marriage Enrichment
- ICF Mentor Coaching
- Adult TCKs
- Parents of Missionaries
- Exploring Missional Calling
Coaching Costs are Individual $200/month & Couple $250/month. We help each missionary find the sponsorship they need. Learn more about costs & sponsorship options »
How to Start
As a new missionary, coaching sessions have provided a consistent space to process all the commotion of this new physical, cultural, spiritual, mental and emotional territory, and more importantly what God is up to through it all.
J.M. in Nepal
Coaching provided a safe place to process my challenges with someone who understands, encourages, and validates the hardships of being on the field. I was empowered to find solutions, keep a positive outlook and see my circumstances from various perspectives. I could have never gotten through this last year effectively without my coach!
K.L. in Mongolia
Worker in transition
Coaching has helped me clearly process difficult decisions. My coach asked the right questions to help me better understand myself and the ways that God was leading me. I also really appreciate how she always led me back to the Bible.
C.D. in Mexico
Our Global ReachThe countries in blue show where we have coached workers in Asia, Africa, Europe and all the Americas
Donate to Advance Global CoachingWe are looking for financial partners to join our team.
Your gifts provide coaching that helps missionaries last longer and be more effective.
What Our Partners are Saying
Training & Equipping Director
North Point Ministries
I feel a greater sense of relief sending our missionaries to the field since our church started using the services of Advance Global Coaching. Without my asking, I’m receiving positive feedback from our missionaries. The confidential coaching has helped them with cultural processing, emotional waves, and spiritual insights. A big thanks to Advance Global Coaching!Visit Site
Chief Strategist & HR Manager
I was speaking with two of our overseas workers several weeks ago about their first year on the field. As the conversation turned to their coaching with AGC, the husband got quiet and with emotion in his voice said, "If it weren't for our coach, I'm not sure if we'd still be here." We are grateful for our relationship with AGC and excited about the continued opportunity to invest in the health and longevity of our staff.Visit Site
Director of Global Outreach
World Missions Ministries uses AGC because the benefits are many. Coaching helps our workers find appropriate answers within their own circumstances. It provides an avenue to share frustrating issues in a safe environment. Being able to express true thoughts confidentially relieves certain stressful baggage. AGC spoke into my own life and provided the tools for me to see the forest and not just the trees.Visit Site