Sarah B. Dorrance, coach, disciple, pastor, author, preacher, and teacher

How can coaching empower your ministry?

Navigating the waters of ministry can be overwhelming. Coaching can help you get to the next level of adaptive leadership in your church setting.

The Academy of Artful Leadership--Begins January 2020




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

Ø How to remain a life-giving adaptive and spiritual leader.

Ø What needs to be honored, and what needs to be disrupted for the sake of the Kingdom?

Ø What one change would increase the vitality of your worship?

Ø Why leaders should be starting new small groups continuously.

Ø The power of setting SMART goals for ministry.

Ø Best practices for connecting with the mission field around you.

Ø Tools for developing lay leadership.

Ø How to utilize the “coach approach” in ministry.


Eight Group Coaching Sessions to be held the third Thursday of each month.

Participants meet each month via video conferencing to explore key themes in ministry. 

Each session lasts 90 minutes. 

Preparation for each group session includes watching a short video, reading an article and preparing a worksheet.

Group coaching dates are the third Thursday of every month

Six Individual Coaching Calls: 

Participants meet individually with me as their coach via video conferencing or phone call after each group session to contextualize the learning and clarify action steps. 

Each of the six sessions lasts 50 minutes. Dates are set by the participant and coach.

Focus for these calls comes from the participants, not the coach. 

Course Fee


About Pastor Sarah

Sarah is excited about her new book release "One Pilgrim of Many on the Camino de Santiago." She hopes it empowers others to take the journey. Sarah is an ordained elder in the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. She received both her Master of Divinity and her Doctorate of Ministry in Church Leadership from Wesley Theological Seminary. She has served both small and large churches. She is an International Coaching Federation Certified Coach. Her passion lies in helping others reach their full potential. Having authored several articles found in Leading Ideas from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, she is also a co-author of Reclaiming the Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley's Sermons for Today. She has recently published a 7 week sermon series and accompanying 7 week devotional designed to help people share their "God Stories" in order to help others know the God who created them.  One of Sarah's greatest joys in life is being the mother of two daughters, the mother-in-law to their husbands and the grandmother to five beautiful grandchildren. Passionate about music, Sarah likes to sing and she plays French Horn in the Columbia Orchestra, located in Columbia, Maryland. A lover of outdoors, in her free time she enjoys hiking, biking and kayaking. Her deepest desire is for everyone to hear the Gospel message, and know that Jesus loves them.

New Book Release!

One Pilgrim of Many on the Camino de Santiago: In Search of Spiritual Renewal  

We are spiritual beings. Each of us seeks, we yearn to know more about ourselves and the One who created us to be. Our desire to know and to be fully known can take us down many roads. My longing took me to Chârtres, France, the Taizé Community, and the Camino de Santiago from France to Spain.

While it is full of color pictures, this is not a handbook on “how to do the Camino.” Rather, this is encouragement, my daily blog, and lessons I learned, to remind you that you CAN grow in your own spiritual journey, no matter where you are in life. There are some “Camino hacks” that I learned along the way. May this book encourage you on your Camino, wherever it may be.

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