About Eastside Training Community

Why choose ETC? 

Because we’ve developed a focused, solution-oriented range of skill sets that starts by listening to you.  We specialise in:

  • Tailor-made training customised to meet your needs
  • Proven leadership development processes
  • Working across a range of industries, businesses, NGO’s and NFP’s
  • Executive coaching
  • Team development
  • Adult learning


We bring training to you! We train your staff at your place at times that best suit you. With extensive experience in learning styles that cater to all learners, Myers Briggs Type Indicator that caters to all personality types, curriculum development and design, proven adult learning expertise, and over 20 years of leadership development and accelerated learning through coaching, ETC brings the best of client-centered, practical and academic resourcing to you.


About Us

In 2008 Dr Dave Zovak, Dr Kim Zovak and Dr John Rietveld formed what is now the Christian Coaching Institute (CCI). We’ve been coaching pastors, church-planters, and denominational leaders since the early 1990’s. Eastside Training Community (ETC) is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO 40461) that partners with CCI to deliver specifically Christian Coach Training across Australia and beyond – we’ve delivered training in New Zealand, Indonesia, Nepal and other places. In 2011, Kylie Butler became the Managing Director of the Christian Coaching Institute, and the organisation has grown steadily to a complement of 12 staff. All our coaches bring a minimum of seven years of ministry experience to their coaching, and are members of the International Coach Federation. They well understand the needs and challenges within Christian organisations.

We do three things: we train coaches, we coach leaders, and we develop leaders. Our training and programs are informed by ongoing research conducted across different Christian organisations. We offer nationally accredited coach training through the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

ETC, partnering with CCI, is the only nationally accredited training that focuses specifically on Christian leaders and organisations.


Training Expertise and Experience

John worked in curriculum design and development for over 6 years, assisting a range of NGO’s and NFP’s in developing and implementing Certificate IV and Diploma programs. He has co-developed a Certificate IV/Diploma program in Local Missions, and after wide industry consultation designed, developed and currently delivers a Certificate IV/Diploma program in Christian Leadership Coaching. He has also worked on units at Advanced Diploma and Graduate Certificate levels. John delivers the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, is working with an executive leadership team at a Christian College, and designs business training and leadership programs.

To find out more about a customised training designed for you, call 03 9737 0314