What is a Certified Mission Coach?
A certified mission coach is a missional leader who:
- is effectively engaged in a coaching ministry,
- understands and has mastered the art of mission coaching, and
- has successfully met and fulfilled the established requirements of coach certification from the Center for United States Missions.
These requirements include:
- Intensive training in the art of coaching
- Nine Coach Mentor Sessions under a Certified Coach Trainer
- Effective and assessed coaching relationships
- Evaluative coaching feedback from coaching clients while in training
- Positive coaching capacity results measured through an Online Coaching Assessment
- Development and implementation of a Coaching Excellence Personal Development Plan
If you are serious about the mission of Jesus Christ (Missio Dei), then you will discover tremendous support, accelerated missional results and increased missional capacity by having your own mission coach. You are invited to contact any of the certified mission coaches and explore their interest and availability in serving as your personal coach.
You are encouraged to explore synergy and negotiate fees directly with the Certified Mission Coach of your choice.
A coach is someone who has been where you want to go . . . and is willing to help you get there. Like Barnabas in the New Testament, whose name means Son of Encouragement, the coach comes alongside mission field workers (church planters, missional pastors, missionaries, evangelists and church revitalization leaders) and bring to them encouragement, support (especially through prayer), mission strategy stimulation, action-planning for results, and Kingdom accountability. In simple terms, a coach is one who comes alongside a person or team in order to help them discover God’s agenda for their life and ministry, and then serving the Holy Spirit to see that agenda to become reality.
Rev. Cliff Bira
Coaching Specialty: Mission Planters, Missional pastors, Pastors working through Church Revitalization, Discovering and organizing life around God-given Life Purpose, Personal Spiritual Development, Leadership Development
Rev. Cliff Bira is married to wife Carolyn - a Director of Christian Education for 30 years. They have two grown and married Children - Hannah & Bethany and one grandchild. Since 1984 Rev. Cliff Bira has served as Senior Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. He has also served as Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osceola, Iowa (1981-1984) He is also currently serving in the office of Circuit Counselor in the Michigan District. In his present congregation he also serves his community through the Flushing Community Outreach Center, various joint Christian community outreach efforts in past years and as a pastoral leader among churches in the Flushing Community. He has also served as past president and founding member of the Rotary Club of Flushing.
He attended University of Wisconsin - Whitewater (1972-1976) from which he received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Economics. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary - Fort Wayne, Indiana (1978-1981)
He has received additional training through the completion of the Beeson Institute For Advanced Church Leadership and receiving additional training through the Pastoral Leadership Institute. Rev. Bira has also been named as a team leader for PLI International for Latvia & Lithuania beginning August, 2008. He has attended Basic Mission Planter Training as well as serving as an assessor for the Church Planter Assessment Center of the Center for U.S. Missions. His personal greatest passion is helping people to discover, develop, and live out their God-given Life Purpose.
Rev. Dr. Peter Meier
Coaching Specialty: Church Planting, Missional Leaders, Rural Ministry, Urban Ministry
Prior to joining the Center for US Missions on July 1, 2013, Peter served in the Minnesota South District, LCMS, as Executive Assistant to the President (2005-2006), and Assistant to the President for Missions (2005-2013). He served as Senior Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and School in Mayer, MN from 1982-2005.
Peter was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Frederick and Helen Meier, October 6, 1956. His parents were Lutheran Educators. He attended Mt. Calvary Lutheran School, Milwaukee Lutheran High School, and Marquette University. Following graduation Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, IL, he received his theological degree and Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1982.
His Doctor of Ministry degree was granted in 2011 by Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana upon completion and successful defense of his dissertation, “Missional Leadership in Lutheran Schools: A Key Component in Lutheran Schools as Mission Outposts.”
Peter is married to Kathy, Coordinator at C4USM and also a Mathematics teacher at Mayer Lutheran HS; they are blessed with three married children, and three grandchildren. Peter and Kathy enjoy spending time with their family, reading, biking, camping, kayaking and the outdoors. Peter’s life verse describes his greatest joy and passion, “Living and sharing the Life that is truly Life,” (1 Timothy 6:19).
Rev. Eric R. Wenger
Coaching Specialty: Apprenticing Disciples, Multiplying Leaders, Missional Communities, Church Planting
Eric serves as Lead Pastor with RAIZED in Green Bay, WI. He and his wife, Carrie, have four children. They enjoy building relationships through service in their community and by participating in a variety of athletic endeavors. Their family is thankful for the growing mission team in the Green Bay area that is “living all-out with Jesus” together.
The Wenger family was sent to the Green Bay area by Community of Life Lutheran Church-Oregon, WI in August of 2013 to start a RAIZED (missional) community with the vision of their new gathering of disciples forming a church planting church. By God’s grace, the first RAIZED Community grew and has birthed on several occasions. On September 25, 2016, RAIZED was officially launched. The great news is that they are already working on another new mission planting opportunity!
After receiving his BA from Concordia – St. Paul (1993) and his MDiv from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis (1997), Eric has been privileged to grow as a mission leader in multiple settings. He taught theology and coached athletics with Lutheran High School Northwest in Rochester Hills, MI, served with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI as Associate Pastor focusing on outreach and assimilation, was the Pastor of Discipleship and Growth with Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in Fitchburg, WI, and planted Community of Life where he later became the Lead Pastor.
Eric is passionate about making disciples, multiplying servant leaders, birthing missional communities, and planting churches. He enjoys reading, playing sports, coaching sports, serving as a Mission Coach with the Center for United States Missions, and being part of an adventure. One of his most excited adventures right now is serving as Executive Director with The 2:47 Network, which is a growing church planting network that he co-founded.