Many religious leaders coaching for Christian living use a variety of coaching techniques to help members of their congregation break free from restraints and open the door to unrealized potential and underutilized talents. If you are incorporating, coaching as part of your ministry toolbox, here are some tips to help you and your clients create and maintain a Christ-centered coaching session.
- Invest in proper training
As a minister or Christian leader your effectiveness and level of success in working with your client starts with proper training. Do not assume that you know how to coach because you give advice and help others work through various challenges. The foundation and principles of professional coaching have very specific techniques and guidelines. Invest in training from an organization that adheres to the International Coaching Federation, (ICF) coaching guidelines. According to ICF, a coach’s responsibility is to:
- Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
- Encourage client self-discovery
- Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
- Hold the client responsible and accurate
- Acknowledge God’s authority
Remember, coaching is a partnership between the coach, client, and God. As such, God’s Word should be the final authority. When you and your client acknowledge God’s authority, you both become open to receive wisdom and guidance. This will also allow your client to grow his or her faith by trusting in God and receiving guidance from the Holy Spirit.
- Know when to refer a client
Keep in mind that coaching is not counseling or therapy. Should situations arise such as addictions or serious trauma related issues it is best to refer the client to a trained therapist or counselor who is equipped to handle these types of problems. Depending on the severity of the situation, it may or may not be possible to continue with the coaching session until the issue has been resolved or addressed.
- Equip your client with effective and easy to use tools
Provide your client with hands on tools that they can implement instantly and will allow them to incorporate their biblical principles into the coaching sessions and daily life. Scripture based affirmations are a great starting point.
For more information on how to provide coaching for Christian living consider, Trinity of Coaching: God, You, and Your Life Coach.
Originally posted at http://blclife.com/2014/11/18/christ-centered-coaching/