Coach Camp 2021

June 28 - July 2, 2021​


Embracing Diversity And Culture In Coaching​

As missionaries, ministry leaders, and coaches, we are called to a world of expansive cultural diversity. Coaches best serve our clients when we are aware of and manage our own biases from a space of deep awareness, consideration, and appreciation of how we are alike and how we are different as humans. As coaches, we see how critical it is for those coaching culturally diverse people to understand and be able to leverage cultural differences throughout the process to effectively benefit the client.  In this year’s coach camp, through group discussion, coaching interactions, practical resources, and shared stories, we will learn to recognize and increase coaching skills across different cultures. 

Conference Schedule and Session Summaries

Day One​

We look back and reflect on the impact coaching has had on our journey as Navigators and then look ahead to how coaching will continue to influence our National Strategy and Missional Objectives. We will explore why coaching should be at the core of every Navigator and disciple maker’s road ahead in living out their calling and commission! We also hear from those coached through life and leadership transformation share inspirational testimonials from their coaching journey.

Day Two

We look more closely at how God transforms us and our ministries as we become transparent with Him, acknowledging His character and work, setting ourselves in a place to see His pathway at His work through us. We examine cross-cultural awareness by engaging in discussion, discovery, affirmation, exploration, and celebration of our myriad of differences and common points of connection.

Day Three

We look at how His Spirit calls us into mission with Him and revealing evidence of God’s design that we can implement in the coaching relationships He brings our way. We begin to experience a courageous dance of discovery, sensitivity, and humility that helps us grow awareness for healing and hope across diverse, threatened, and often conflicting cultures in which we serve.

Day Four

We have been created for community and are challenged to grow in many ways through the unique dynamics that can happen in groups. We look more closely at how to harness the power of group interaction within the open, exploratory, and genuinely curious ‘space’ of professional coaching. Learn how we coach in ways that empower and not impose when we serve in differing cultures. We will highlight coaching principles that have transcended specific cultural patterns.

Day Five

Engage in a guided personal retreat away from distraction where you can rest, reflect, and listen to the Lord. Take the time to quiet yourself and give Him your full attention. Pray for God’s guidance as you look more closely at key takeaways from your Coach Camp experience.  Look ahead to where you want to be in a year from now, examine your motivations and investigate the benefits from reaching your full potential.

Keynote Speakers and Workshop Leaders

Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI) and Creative Results Management (CRM)

Brian Zaas​

Co-Director for Navigators Life and Leadership Coaching. Brian has been serving alongside staff with The Navigators for twelve years in various roles for Metro, Navigator Church Ministries, Disciplemakers for Life, and Train, Develop Care. He brings a passion for coaching emerging leaders to reach their goals, develop stronger relationships, grow in their profession or ministry calling, live out a Christ-centered life, and maneuver through significant transitions. God has called him to engage, equip and empower a team of Life, Leadership, and Discipleship coaches who embrace the vision of bringing a coach approach to their disciplemaking relationships and leadership influence

Debi Zaas

Co-Director of Navigators Life and Leadership Coaching.  After eight years of serving with Navigator Church Ministries, she has transitioned to HQ with Navigators Train-Develop-Care in hopes of having a greater impact within Navigators cross-missionally, cities, and beyond. Debi is passionate about coaching and sees this as an important tool to reach the God-sized goal of Navigators raising up 1 million disciple-makers in 2030.


Christopher McCluskey​

President of Professional Christian Coaching Institute, the world’s largest Christian Coaching school aligned with the standards of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).  PCCI has trained thousands of life & leadership coaches in more than 65 countries and in many of the world’s most influential ministries and businesses. Frequently cited as the “Father of Christian Coaching,” Chris pioneered the industry in the 1990’s and co-hosts the top-rated podcast, Professional Christian Coaching Today. Chris is returning to our Coach Camp as we continue to expand our partnership.

Jordan Mercedes​

Founder of Jordan Mercedes, LLC Coach Training for Mission Inspired Coaches & Leaders.  She knows that every leader has a vision; sometimes they need a little help and support to get there! Jordan believes the power and impact of coaching can change a company, a city, or even a nation. She enjoys helping leaders and coaches use coaching skills to move their people, projects, and missions forward. She is the creator of Leaders Coach Forward training for C-Level leaders. Jordan is a program developer who often helps her clients create progressive workshops & live events.

Cindy Schmelzenbach

An ICF Professional Certified Coach, a Gallup-Certified Strengths® Coach, and a Conversational Intelligence® Enhanced Practitioner. She also has a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling and serves on faculty at PCCI. Cindy and her husband have lived and served internationally in multi-cultural leadership roles for 27 years. She has a passion for coaching across cultures and coaching those who live in contexts where diverse cultures come together. Her current practice includes Life Coaching, Strengths® Coaching, Team or Group Coaching, and ICF Mentor Coaching.

Rudy Graham

Gallup-Certified Strengths® Coach and Managing Partner of Fruitful Journey Coaching. He brings over 38 years of experience as a Corporate Sales Professional in the technology industry. He coaches and trains individuals and teams pursuing performance growth in government and commercial organizations. Rudy Co-Coaches and facilitates growth in marriage and parenting with his wife of 37 years and business partner, Wilmer. He received his coach training at PCCI and has certifications from Gallup, SYMBIS, and Gottman.

Keith Webb

Author of the best-selling book The COACH Model for Christian Leaders and president of Creative Results Management, a leader development organization. As a speaker and workshop leader, Keith is noted for his humor, interactivity, and practicality. He lived in Japan, Indonesia, and Singapore for 20 years and has facilitated leadership development processes in more than 30 countries. Keith developed The COACH Model® in 2004 and The Coaching Mastery Certificate Program®, the all-in-one ICF ACC program. He is the author of numerous articles on leadership, coaching, and cross-cultural topics, many of  which are posted at