Passion In Partnership is dedicated to the development of life-long frutiful ministries.

Our stories: Presence, Preaching and Energy

“Passion in Partnership has been (and is) exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. People have commented about a noticeable change in my presence, preaching and energy. This from a person who I promise tries to give 110% each and every day. It has reignited a fire that I didn’t even realize was waning. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders as I work with our community on renewed vision and future direction. The positive “appreciative” emphasis is helping me cut through a lot of stuff that has gotten in the way and clogged the flow…”

Our Stories: Light in the Midst of Darkness

“Coaching has been for me a light in the midst of darkness. Especially, in foggy days, where I think I can see what is in front of me, but then “light” comes and discover there was a bump waiting for me. In other words, coaching has helped me to anticipate and prevent difficulties, and be ready when these come unexpectedly.”

The Presence of the Holy Spirit


“The source of Christian coaching involves people who simultaneously agree to be in a place of deep obedience to God’s spirit.”  Chris H.

Why partner with a Christian Coach?


“As our clients and their congregations climb the ladder of life in pursuit of a God focused life, the coach is there to: steady the ladder in times of uncertainty or fear by providing a firm grip; encourage the next scary step into the unknown through words of encouragement; facilitate the pace of progress up the ladder through focus on the goals and milestones; and assure the promise of reaching the top of the ladder through prayerful teaching.”  David Z.

Welcome to Passion in Partnership

We’re glad you are here!

Passion in Partnership has been developed to infuse life-giving practices into the Body of Christ as represented by relationships between laity, clergy and the community in which we live. Its focus is to build life-long fruitful ministries, develop co-creative partnerships and live in ways as defined by Christ Jesus.

As Jesus followers we live in ways that encourage:

Success without force,
Partnership without dominance,
Teamwork without fear,
Willingness without intimidation and
Harmony without coercion.

Our Services: Outcomes Experienced By Those Partnering With Us

 Outcomes for Pastors

  • Inspired pastors growing into powerful ministry.
  • Adoption of effective habits of life-giving ministry.
  • Self awareness of gifts, talents, short comings, growing edges.
  • Pastors aware of how they are experienced by others.
  • See their congregation as partners.
  • Capacity and competency created for working with staff.
  • Techniques and tools for successful change management integrated into their ministry.
  • Positive accountability providing life-giving instead of life-denying supervision.
  • Creation of a bridge between theoretical theological education and life in the local parish.

Outcomes for congregations:

  • Smooth transition of pastoral leadership.
  • Greater understanding of the role of laity in the leadership of the local church.
  • Aware of the congregational lifecycle and where they are in the journey.
  • Learn healthy ways of communication including conflict resolution and change management.
  • Gain competencies in the areas of vision casting and strategic planning.

Our Partners


Passion in Partnership Partners

 The Passion in Partnership program has been nurtured through a thinking partnership started in February 2009. A co-creative effort of clergy and laity, this group has launched several initiatives under the Passion in Partnership umbrella including Laity University, Pastoral and Congregational Coaching. 

Passion in Partnership Partners: (from left to right) Front row: District Superintendent and Co-founder Beth Hood, Ed Mann, Amy Staley, and Kelli Sorg. Back row: Co-founder Peg Aldridge, Steve Stutts, Paul Dunham, Thomas Simpson, Bobby Fletcher, Tom Newman,  and Allen Bingham as lead by The Holy Spirit.  

Our Team: Certified Passion in Partnership Coaches

Fall 2010 Certification Cohort: (Left to right starting on back row)

  • Allen Bingham
    Greenville District NCC UMC
  • Beth Hood Co-founder Passion in Partnership,
    District Superintendent Greenville District NCCUMC
  • Carlin Johnson
    Raleigh District NCCUMC
  • Carol Goehring
    Executive Director of Connectional Ministries NCCUMC
  • Chris Harman
    Christian Formation Team Coordinator NCCUMC
  • David Zietlow, Lay person, Instructor and Partner in PIP  WNCCUMC
  • Kelli Sorg
    Greenville District NCCUMC
  • Steve Taylor
    Outreach Team Coordinator NCCUMC
  • Thomas Simpson
    Sanford District NCCUMC
  • Tom Newman
    Greenville District NCCUMC

Peg Aldridge is the founding Passion in Partnership Coach and Lead Instructor for all certification coursework.

Spring 2011 Certification Cohort: (Left to right starting on back row)June Jernigan, Peg Aldridge, Laura Early, Paul Dunham, Sam Loy, Susan Graebe, Gary Locklear, Leonard Fairley, Frank Dawkins, David Zietlow. Regina Henderson, Rich Greenway, Gil Wise, Suzanne Dornsmith, Jan Hill

Spring 2011 Certification Cohort: (Left to right starting on back row)

  • June Jernigan, AWFUMC Director of Ministerial Relations
  • Peg Aldridge, Co-founderPassion in Partnership
  • Laura Early, Elizabeth City District  NCCUMC
  • Paul Dunham, Greenville District NCCUMC
  • Sam Loy,Wilmington District NCCUMC
  • Susan Graebe, Lay Person Soapstone UMC NCCUMC
  • Gary Locklear, Rockingham District NCCUMC
  • Leonard Fairley, District Superintendent of Rockingham District NCCUMC 
  • Frank Dawkins, Director, CareNet East, Greenville NC
  • David Zietlow, Lay person, Instructor and Partner in PIP  WNCCUMC
  • Regina Henderson, Fayetteville District NCCUMC
  • Rich Greenway, Burlington District NCCUMC 
  • Gil Wise, Fayetteville District NCCUMC
  • Suzanne Dornsmith, Salsibury District WNCCUMC
  • Jan Hill, Sanford District NCCUMC

Summer 2011 Certification Cohort: (Left to right starting on back row)

  • Brad Thie, Lake Norman District WNCCUMC
  • Peg Aldridge, Co-founderPassion in Partnership
  • David Zietlow, Lay person, Instructor and Partner in PIP  WNCCUMC
  • Susan Harrison, Lake Norman District WNCCUMC
  • Tam Wensil, Salisbury District WNCCUMC
  • Teresa Harris, Greensboro District WNCCUMC
  • Lillie Jones, District Superintendent Lake Norman District WNCCUMC
  • Alexis Coleman, Lake Norman District WNCCUMC
Our Team: Certified Passion in Partnership Coaches

Scriptural Foundation for an Appreciative Approach

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things as just, whatsoever things  are  pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8   (KJV)

“For where two or three have gathered in My name, I am there in their midst.” Matthew 18:20            

“And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12        

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5    (KJV)

“Set your mind on things above, not on the things on this earth.” Colossians 3:2   (NAS)

“Just as each one of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it it showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” Romans 12: 4-8

We Believe

God created partnerships throughout His kingdom.

1.)    Scripture declares that our thoughts are to be on things that are honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and giving praise. (Phil 4:8) We believe that the Holy Spirit is available and desires to empower us to take control of our thoughts and become more in the image of the one Who created us.

2.)    An appreciative approach stresses the positive and life-giving aspects of being in community while providing processes that allow growth when dealing with difficult issues. Scripture says it perfectly, we are our thoughts. We would add that we get that on which we focus. The Passion in Partnership program provides the opportunity to learn new ways to focus the thoughts of members of the Body of Christ to those which will further God’s kingdom by working with each other in a setting of trust, respect and faith. In doing so, we will get more of that on which we focus.

3.)    A community of believers living in this way will be a beacon to the community, as they will see “love burning in, joy flowing from and peace shining through” the members of the congregation. (Hughes, 2001)

4.)    One can not just “do” appreciative living; one must “be” appreciative in their approach to life. This supports putting on the mind of Christ in the way we view others and their contribution. (Colossians 3:2)

5.)    We believe God gave each of us gifts and strengths when used with others’ in partnership are stronger than when used in isolation as individuals. (Ecclesiates 4:12) God created partnerships all around us. As a butterfly is to a flower so we are to each other. We accomplish more together than we do apart.


The team that God is bringing together at Passion in Partnership reflects varied strengths and gifts. We believe that our corporate strength is more than the sum of our individual personalities.

“Why be normal when you can be new?”

- Thomas S.

Truth is there for finding, but the logic that’s involved is a mystery unwinding, not a problem to be solved.

- David Wilcox

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