(1) What is coaching?
Coaching is a relationship in which you receive the support, encouragement, and accountability you need to achieve the mission God has given you. Coaching is different from counseling and mentoring. In counseling, you focus on healing the past; in coaching, you focus on improving the present. In mentoring, you draw from your mentor; in coaching, your coach draws from you.
- You are in charge.
- You identify your goals.
- You set the agenda of your coaching sessions.
(2) What can you work on with a coach? Top
- Pursuing your calling
- Focusing on your God-given mission
- Balancing ministry/home life
- Building relationships
- Defining goals
- Getting organized
- Clarifying and implementing values
(3) Does coaching work? Yes. Top
- “Coaching helped me realize that I am not alone in
ministry—that someone cares about me and is willing to
ask me questions and hold me accountable.”
- “Coaching has helped me focus on the most important
of the many things that I do.”
- “Coaching helped me to manage my calendar better.”
- “Coaching helped me lead meetings more effectively.”
- “Coaching has helped me define my goals (like getting a publication done) and keep focused on them.”
(4) What does Close the Gap Now believe about coaching? Top
Close the Gap Now has 4 fundamental beliefs that are based on the Bible:
- God is growing his people, and the Holy Spirit is at
work in every believer.
- People want to grow and are empowered to grow by
those who believe in them.
- Growing is more about motivation than information.
- People grow as they take responsibility by defining, committing to, and achieving goals.
(5) How does a Christian coach work? Top
Based on Christian beliefs, your Christian coach will empower you to define, explore, and take action on your goals by using:
- Coaching skills (listening, inquiring, focusing,
- A coaching process like GROW (Goals, Reality, Options, Will do).
(6) In coaching, who's responsible for what? Top
Both the client and the coach:
- Attend each coaching session.
- Come prepared to each coaching session.
- Focus on the client achieving the client’s goals during the coaching session.
- Takes care of logistics (makes the phone call,
arranges a meeting place).
- Defines, commits to, and achieves goals.
- Shares what s/he is thinking, feeling, and
- Lets the coach know if something isn’t working.
- Provides support, encouragement, and accountability.
- Uses effective coaching models like GROW (Goal,
Reality, Options, Will do)
- Uses effective coaching skills, including listening
- Maintains confidentiality.
(7) How can you learn more about Christian coaching? Top
(8) How can you request Christian coaching? Contact