As Christians, the greatest gift we have ever received is the gift of grace from our Heavenly Father. When God sent his only son, Jesus, to die for our sins on the cross, he showed us tremendous grace by offering us the gift of salvation and an eternal life with Him. Although we will never be able to offer grace of that same magnitude in our human lives, we can (and should) still offer grace in all of our relationships. Read More ›
As a Christian coach, you know the relationship your client has with God is the most important relationship. as we are taught in scripture, Matthew 22:36-40, (NIV). God’s Greatest Commandment is about our relationship with Him, ourselves and others. Read More ›
How do you develop the heart of a coach?
One of my favorite books on coaching is Leadership Coaching by Tony Stoltzfus and we list several of his books on our resource page. I believe that developing the heart of a coach is THE core competency of a Christian Life Coach, and this is the foundation upon which we build all other coaching competencies.
Life coaching at its best is demonstrated when we connect fully and deeply with our client and we engage in active listening and powerful questioning while being fully present with our client. Life coaching is about establishing trust and intimacy with our client where we create a safe place for our clients’ dreams to come to life.
Life coaching is “about relationship.” And, Christian life coaching at its core is centered around our personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who was, and is, the perfect role model for “relationship”. I believe Christian Life Coaching is living out God’s Greatest Commandment to love God first, love ourselves and love others. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, “Love your neighbor as yourself. ” (Matthew 22:37-39)
In secular coaching, the focus is about helping clients get from where they are to where they want to be. Christian Coaching is about helping clients get from where they are to where God wants them to be. What a great way to begin a New Year.. What does God want me to do for His Glory, for His Kingdom?
Relationships and Your New Year’s Resolutions
On December 29th, the Wall Street Journal published an article, “Making 2011 the Year of Great Relationships“, a timely and thought provoking one for me as I ponder my own New Year’s resolutions. So, I ask the question “What if?” — What if we each made a commitment to making the new year about building and nurturing our personal and professional relationships, beginning first with our relationship with God and then extend outward? What would it look like in our families, churches, businesses, communities? What would the world look like if each of us are intentional about building stronger relationships?
The author, Elizabeth Bernstein writes “Increasingly, experts have been telling us how important social bonds are to well-being, affecting everything from how our brains process information to how our bodies respond to stress. People with strong connections to others may live longer. The quality of our relationships is the single biggest predictor of our happiness.” I would like to add to this by saying, in my opinion, the quality of our relationship with God is the single biggest predictor of our happiness as it is the foundation for how we relate to others.
Relationships and Life Coaching – Improving Your Relationships
Christian Life coaching is about getting from where we are to where God wants us to be and for some of us, we have a gap in where we are in our relationship with Jesus. and where He wants us to be. Most likely, we have a gap in where we are in relationship with our families, friends, communities and business relationships. What would it look like if we each made building stronger relationships a top priority for 2011, starting with the most important relationship, our relationship with Jesus Christ? How can an improved relationship with Jesus impact the relationships you have with others? What is one action you can take today to improve a relationship with someone? How willing are you to take that step?
Relationships, Life Coaching and DISC