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As leaders, we often face situations that can leave us feeling stuck. And in the busyness of leading, it can be hard to find the time and space to see clearly. But a good coach can help us to get unstuck and lead with confidence. When that happens, everyone wins. Coaching with Praxis is in partnership with Innovista Ireland.

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Coaching Course

What are some of the key skills required for mission and leadership in the church in Ireland for the coming decade?

Jesus framed much of his teaching in the form of questions. In this way he created space for people to think, understand and find meaning. He initiated conversations but always placed responsibility back on people to think and make choices about these claims and ideas for themselves.

As people we do our best thinking when we’re asked questions and given space and attention to think out loud instead of just being told the answers.

What will it look like in discipleship, pastoral care, teaching and mission to create space for people to explore, discover and deepen faith, to be encouraged and empowered to be all the God is calling them to be?

Coaching is both a skillset and a toolkit that offers a way to open up powerful and life-changing conversations.

Praxis and Innovista Ireland have designed the Coaching Course to equip leaders in the church in Ireland with the skills they need, learning and practicing together over five sessions. We believe coaching can be a catalyst in seeing leaders and teams thriving and having and increased kingdom impact. Longer term we would love to develop a network of volunteers who could make coaching available to churches, organisations and individuals across Dublin (any beyond).



2023 Dates

Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 March 2-5pm
Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 March 2-5pm
Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April 2-5pm
Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 May 2-5pm
Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 June




Applications are now closed

Session Overview

Over 5 sessions, through both theory and practice, we will explore:
  • The nature of coaching and its’ similarities and differences with other types of helping conversations  
  • How to deeply listen to others with attention and focus
  • How to create a space where people can think for themselves and find solutions to the challenges they are facing
  • How to coach with emotional intelligence
  • How to ask stimulating questions and avoid the ‘advice trap’
  • A toolkit of powerful coaching techniques and practices
  • How coaching skills can be best utilised in your context

Course Facilitator

Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick

Matthew has worked as a coach, trainer and facilitator with leaders and teams in Ireland, Romania, Ethiopia and Kenya. He has a diploma in executive coaching from the Irish Management Institute and University College Cork. He is an accredited practitioner with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and a member of the British Psychological Society. 

Matthew’s coaching is person-centred and designed to facilitate a safe space where individuals can reflect out loud about the challenges and opportunities they are facing. His style is empathetic and curious, encouraging and probing, appreciative and warm. He places an emphasis on deep listening, a growth mindset, asking questions to help develop greater self-awareness and draw out personal strengths.

Clients that have worked with Matthew include: Trócaire, the United Nations, Trinity College Dublin, the British Foreign Office, GOAL and the Hilton Hotel.

Matthew previously worked at UCD with Agape for 5 years, working with university students in discipleship and mission. He is part of the teaching team at Ignite Network in Blackrock. 

For more information email: Matthew Broderick ( or Sam Moore (


The idea that the brain that contains the problem is the brain that will find the solution has been a major shift in how I think about “helping” people. This has been particularly impactful in my role as a workshop facilitator.

Katie Lynch, Tearfund Ireland

When working with my team, I am now better equipped to ask effective questions and to help the team achieve our goals.

Mark Murray, Scripture Union Ireland

My conversations with people have fundamentally changed from advice-giver to questioner and enquirer

Sahr Yambasu, Methodist Minister

The Coaching course has helped me manage people better.

Debbie Muresan, business owner and church leader