What is Christian Life Coaching?
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.” The ICF further clarifies that coaches are trained to listen, to observe, and to customize their approach to individual client needs.
My coaching program seeks to elicit solutions and strategies from my clients; I believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. My job is to provide support to enhance your skills, resources, and creativity that you already have. (emphasis added).”
In his groundbreaking book, Christian Coaching: Helping Others Turn Potential into Reality, author Dr. Gary Collins describe Christian life coaching as the “art and practice of enabling individuals and groups to move from where they are to where they want to be.”
What is the Difference Between Coaching and Counseling?
Counselors and therapists are, like consultants, hired for their expertise. They have specialized training in such things as healthy communication, good parenting, effective social skills, mental/emotional and spiritual health, and the like. They are skilled in uncovering underlying reasons for dysfunction and debilitating conditions such as depression, anxiety, and other mood and thoughts disorders.
Coaching is about stability and growth rather than dysfunction and healing. Whereas psychotherapy and counseling are primarily about the past and present, coaching is primarily about the future.
A person in need of healing is not yet ready for coaching and should see a therapist. There are more basic issues to be addressed before they can effectively pursue greater fulfillment.
How Christian Coaching Advances God’s Purposes?
I believe that a new profession has emerged. It has settled on the name “Life Coaching,” and the gift it brings to the Church, if we will embrace it, is this inside-out process of drawing out the deep purposes of God in persons’ lives.