Religious Leaders Coaching for Christian Living

DeNeen Attard

DeNeen Attard

VP, Leadership Development at Attard Coaching and Consulting
DeNeen K. Attard has a passion for helping her clients to develop and fulfill their purpose in life. Qualified as a Certified Life Coach, she offers insights into finding purpose and strength. DeNeen's 15 years of experience in many aspects of business and leadership effectiveness are backed by a Master's degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan and a Bachelor's degree from Indiana University Northwest in Organizational Communication. DeNeen's ministry training and experience provide a solid foundation for Christian leaders who want the benefits found in combining biblical principals with neuroscience based coaching techniques. Additional Credentials: Active Relationships Facilitator Certification; Family Wellness Facilitator Certification; Ministerial Studies Certification; Certified Belief Therapist; Director at Attard Coaching and Consulting
DeNeen Attard
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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.

  1. 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


  1. 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.


Trinity of Coaching

  1. 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.


  1. 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.


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  • Jane says:

    I really appreciate the way you lay this out. From the place where you identify the coach’s responsibility and how God still has to be in the center. I believe that every leader should recognize that they lead themselves first and they need to get the inside right before leading others. Leaders are in charge, they are not in control. God gets to decide.

    • Hello Jane,

      I am happy that you found value in my article. Helping Christian coaches and their clients create and sustain positive change is my passion. I truly believe that this is possible when we combine the neuroscience-based techniques of coaching with the truths found in the Bible. I am so convinced of this that I recently wrote a book, Trinity of Coaching: God, You, and Your Life Coach to show others how the combination of the two works. Please feel free to send me an email or post here if there is a topic in my area of expertise that you would like to see explored. Thanks for your support!

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