"What's really important, and what's distracting me?"
"How can I be a powerful servant leader?"
"How can I do this better?"
"Where do I go from here?"
"What is the Gospel-driven choice?"
These are the questions that drive Fr. Ian's coaching style.
A common -- and yet unspoken -- burden for priests is feeling isolated and alone when it comes to making decisions and determining strategy. Much of a priest’s work can’t be discussed with parishioners, family members or even other clergy. We provide a confidential sounding board backed by years of pastoral experience, so that the priest can make sound pastoral and life decisions for progress and growth.
Father Ian has a heart for supporting clergy at pivotal times in their lives and pastorates: starting a new project, entering a new phase of ministry, pivoting toward or away from full-time service, looking ahead to retirement, confronting a challenge, dealing with conflict, and overcoming a rut or plateau -- all of which he has faced personally.
Coaching gives clergy a space -- away from superiors, peers and faithful -- to explore and clarify options according to their own goals and values. Uncertainty and procrastination die away as clergy prosper and thrive -- and pastors, parishes and bishops reap the benefits.
Fr. Ian Pac-Urar
Father Ian got his start in media and communications, managing a small radio station in Ontario, Canada, and ultimately becoming president of Media Corporation. After moving to Ohio, he built a career teaching and training educators and private sector professionals. Then, in mid-life, he was called to serve the church. He has given the last thirty years to teaching and nurturing students, teachers, clergy and faithful for success and happiness at work and at home. He directed continuing education for clergy and lay leaders, presided over the ecclesiastical court system, and founded The Synergeia Group (synergeia.org) in 2012, all while keeping up active parish ministry.
Father Ian is a member of the Orthodox Coaching Network and the International Coaching Federation, and adheres to the Federation's Code of Ethics. He received his coach training at the Professional Christian Coaching Institute and is a graduate of the Antiochian House of Studies, where he studied Pastoral Theology. He also completed undergraduate degrees in philosophy and education, postgraduate studies in the Management of Nonprofit Organizations and holds a Ph.D. in Staff and Organization Development.
Father Ian and his wife, Mary Lynn, have two grown children and four amazing grandkids.