Dr. Gary Collins aptly describes Christian Life Coaching as enabling “individuals and groups to move from where they are to where God wants them to be.” Individuals come to coaching because they want something to change. They choose Christian Life Coaching when they want a coach anchored in Christian values and beliefs who relies on the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit to assist clients, but do not impose their views or refuse coaching services to individuals who do not share similar beliefs. A coach uses thought-provoking questions that allow clients to gain clarity and focus, develop new perspectives, weigh options and create plans to move forward in their lives.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Basics of Coaching
- A way to focus on making the changes you desire in your life personally and/or professionally. You always set the agenda!
- A trusted relationship that moves you from where you are now, to where you want to be – and even expand your goals.
- A process that develops confidence, focus, and creativity.
- Encouraging! Dream bigger, accomplish more, and enhance your performance.
- A chance to deepen your relationship with God.
- A conversation via phone – anytime, anywhere!
How Coaching is different from therapy,
mentoring and counseling
Therapy – While the life coaching I provide can be therapeutic, it is not therapy. Coaching is distinct from traditional therapy because it is not designed to address psychological issues. While emotional issues may arise, the primary focus of life coaching is to help you identify your goals, achieve them, and develop constructive habits and skills. There is little emphasis placed on the past with coaching, but instead the focus is on creating what you want now and in the future.
Mentoring – While mentors give advice based on their own experience to a protégé, or one with less experience, coaches help individuals fully draw from their own insight, strengths and capability.
Counseling – A counselor’s goal is usually to help hurting people deal with the cause of their distress. Counseling delves into an individual’s background and its effects on the person today. Coaching is effective for basically well-adjusted people who need help to build skills, manage change and make plans to live more fulfilling lives.