Frequently Asked Questions
The answer is yes, but would the client be willing to try it?
There is not a quick or easy response to this question. Nevertheless, if the Christian coach is willing to accept the client’s beliefs and not bring his or her down during the session, this can be an extraordinary experience. It will allow the Christian coach to pray for the client outside the session and display the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22. As they work together, it may even lead to open doors to share the impact of the Christian faith.
Yes, but it limits the relationship and the success of the coaching to a great extent. First, a Christian shall let Jesus Christ be present in all aspects of his life. Jesus is not a compartmentalized God; He can transform our lives and walk with us in every situation. By working with a Christian coach, a Christian benefit from the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Christian coach can share scriptures from the Bible that encourage the client to walk through their coaching journey. They can pray together during the session and be guided by the Holy Spirit.
In Sarah’s experience, not letting Jesus be part of her coaching journey can be summarized in one word: “LIMIT.” By not trusting God and letting Him be in charge, she had limited her results, her potential as a more excellent coach, her clients, and the power of the Holy Spirit over her. Trusting God is easy, simple, and yet difficult to accept; pride is a disguised weapon that the enemy uses to diminish our faith and trust in our Almighty Jesus.
Through her graduate studies at Trinity International University and her research, Sarah has discovered that Christian coaching is a powerful gift that He has entrusted us to share with many people because we can be the Light many people need.
Sarah and her Team are eternally grateful for this research that has changed their way of working as coaches. We know that by accepting to be a Christian coach, “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us” (Phil. 4:13).
No, the client is not required to share the Christian faith or be baptized to benefit from Christian Coaching. However, the client cannot challenge the coach’s faith or the Bible, as this is the foundation of the program.
No, the coach uses the same process as our secular coaching program, but he or she will pray during the session (usually at the beginning and at the end of each session) and refers to Bible verses to encourage the client and remind him or her about God’s love and mercy. When appropriate, the coach may suggest the client read and study specific passages of the Bible.
The main difference is prayer: one at the beginning and one at the end of the session by the coach. The tools that the coach uses are the same, and if appropriate, the coach may add a spiritual assessment to support the client in his Godly calling.
Our Christian Coaching Programs are based on the client’s identity in Christ and applying fundamental biblical principles. As the client walks through the same steps as the ones in our regular coaching programs, he or she finds inner strengths and motivation in their relationship with Jesus.
Working with a coach is always beneficial and let us share Sarah’s story to answer this question. As a secular coach for over eight years, she had previously only coached clients and hired coaches in the secular world. However, not including faith in coaching limits the Christian coach and the Christian client from accessing the Holy Spirit, who is perfect. Why would a Christian be willing to do that? The scriptures show that Jesus already used coaching principles with his Disciples. The Bible does not record the word “coaching,” but Jesus used coaching techniques like the art of asking powerful questions. Jesus would encourage and believe in his disciples like a coach who supports and believes in his clients.
The main differences are:
- The underlying core belief that the client will follow God’s will in a Christian coaching setting versus his own,
- The responsibility held by the client in a secular coaching relationship versus God in the Christian session, and
- The use of prayers and the Word of God in the Christian coaching session.
These differences lead to the benefits of hiring a Christian coach.
From the client’s perspective, the benefits are priceless: trusting, praying, and confining in a brother or sister in Christ who wants to help. Letting the Holy Spirit enter the Christian coaching session and leaving the ultimate will, results, and responsibility to God are the extraordinary advantages of using a Christian coach.
From the coach’s perspective, coaching becomes an opportunity to share the Gospel and remind the client that God will carry their burden, as it reads in Matthew 1:28-30. When appropriate, and if the client is inclined, the coach can offer to read the Bible and study a relevant passage, transforming the session into a church as described in Matthew 18:20. The Christian coach can also use the only powerful question, “What would Jesus do? Or say?”