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Christian Life Coaching – Following God’s Call in a New and Exciting Direction

By Bonnie Weiss, Director of Center for Christian Coaching

The coaching industry is one of the fastest growing professions in 2016. Just like personal training became popular in the last decade, life coaching has already become the next big trend.Coaching is the number one home based profession, and it’s the number two growth industry right behind IT (Information Technology), says Start-Ups Magazine. CNN Host, Ali Velshi, recently featured the career of coaching on their top ten list for growing professions for the next five years. The story mentioned that there is increasing demand for coaches in these tough economic times as people need even more support.

We live in a fallen world and that brings desperation and unhappiness. People everywhere are seeking meaning and purpose in life and they are turning to Christian Life Coaches for support and help to find what is missing in their lives. People are also seeking to find emotional healing and a deeper connection to God after going through transitions like, being unemployed, mid life crisis, divorce, empty nest and many other types of difficult situations.

What is Coaching?

Life Coaches are dedicated to helping individuals make significant changes in their personal and spiritual lives, as well as in their career or business. Coaches usually work with clients for 3 to 12 months and can focus their practice on a client’s life in general, or they can choose a niche to focus on, such as life transitions, career, relationships, life purpose, health, executive coaching or sales coaching. Life coaching is very concrete, tangible, and results oriented. The client establishes goals, and works toward them in a very tangible way. This makes coaching fulfilling for both the client and the coach as positive results occur on a weekly basis.

The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

For many, coaching is a life-changing experience that dramatically improves their outlook on work and life cawhile improving leadership skills. Coaching helps people tap into their potential, unlocking sources of creativity and productivity.

 

What is a Christian Coach?

A Christian Coach will do the same things a life coach does. You will set goals, look at how the client wants to change or improve areas of their life, ask questions, work through blocks and obstacles, develop a plan and hold the client accountable. You will as a Christian Coach bring a Christian perspective into life coaching.

A Christian coach is a trained professional who supports individuals and groups to explore and enhance their connection to God, rely on faith more fully, and integrate Christian principles into their everyday life.

What Makes a Good Coach?

 Many people have always helped people personally and/or professionally. They find that working with others is a natural and easy skill for them.Through their work in other professions and through life experience, most coaches have developed excellent skills in many areas. They want to use their talents and skills in a way that helps others–and they also want to make a good living doing it. Coaches need to be self-motivated and have the willingness to learn basic business skills. They also have to have the confidence to market their businesses in a clear and effective way.

Christian Coaching is a ministry; therefore coaches must connect with people in a personal and authentic way, led by the Holy Spirit and dedication to their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. By realizing a coach’s God given gifts and natural strengths, their unique purpose coaches can see excellent results. with their clients

Is Christian Coaching God’s plan for you?ca

Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 5. on the following statements.

5 – Absolutely True

4 – Mostly True

3 – Some Times

2 – Infrequently True

1 – Not at all

1.I believe in God and follow His principles

5 4 3 2 1

2.I feel called into the ministry of Life Coaching

5   4   3   2   1

3.People are comfortable sharing their problems with me

5   4   3   2   1

4.Seeing other people make progress in their life would be very satisfying.

5 4 3   2   1

5.I feel that Life Coaching is my true Life Purpose.

5 4 3 2 1

6.I would be willing to learn about building my own Life Coaching Business

5 4 3 2 1

7.I am willing to support both Christians and non-Christians while always reflecting the values and identity of Christ

5 4 3 2 1

SCORING – Add up your scores:

28-35   You would find Christian Life Coaching extremely rewarding!

21-27 You might wish to explore Christian Coaching as one of your options ad spend time in prayer seeking God’s plan.

1-20 Christian Coaching may not be the calling in your life and more prayer will help you to hear God’s call.

For more information on Christian Coaching please contact Bonnie Weiss at304-487-6093

or visit the Center for Christian Coaching at: http://www.centerforchristincoaching.com

 

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