As I understand it, the role of a coach is to facilitate a discussion around what the person being coached wants to talk about while looking for relevant and productive action steps. The individual being coached should be able to say that he or she was able to talk about what he/she wanted to talk about and found clarity in the process. This process characterized my relationship with Jay Van Groningen when he coached me in my role as an ABCD community development trainer/coach between 2010 and 2014 while he served with The Communities First Association. Although Jay is an “expert” in the ABCD processes, he didnʼt approach our consultation times together with how he would do things, but rather helped me to think through the various possibilities. Jay is adept at listening well. He truly is a compassionate helper while being highly qualified to provide effective guidance. Although I had been engaged in community ministry as a Senior Pastor for 23 years when we first met, I was uninformed about the ABCD approach. Jay, through years of coaching, helped me to incrementally learn and apply the principles of ABCD effectively in my context. "
-James Moynihan, Yorktown VA.