The Bible makes it clear that getting wise counsel can help you live a more successful life, and good advise is what Christian life coaching can provide for you.
Following are just two, of many, verses that encourage you to seek advisors. Doing this can help you walk out the life God has for you as you follow His will.
Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.
Proverbs 19:20 (NIV)
Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.
This article is going to walk you through the process of finding a Christian life coach who can help you build a more successful life whether you’re looking to address professional, personal or spiritual issues.
Take a look at the table of contents below, and feel free to skip around or go through each section in order.
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What Is Christian Life Coaching All About?
Have you ever been at a place in your life where you just get stuck? And no matter how hard you try, you seem to get nowhere. Or, maybe you simply can’t find the motivation, or create a plan that will help you move forward.
In times like those, often a fresh perspective from someone else can be helpful. As a Christian, you look at life from a Biblical world view, so this is where a Christian life coach can help you get the results you’re looking for.
What a coach can do for you is to help you get clarity and identify what you need to do and how you need to do it to give you a step-by-step plan (a roadmap) for success.
First, you’ll want to evaluate where you are now (your starting point) and then determine where you want to be (the end result).
Next, you’ll pray for God’s direction and work with your coach to develop the steps to help you to get from point A to point B – from where you are now to where you believe God wants you to be.
This journey could be for anything you want to change in your personal, professional or spiritual life.
Maybe you’re trying to find your God-given purpose in life, or your goal is to get promoted at work where others don’t play by the same Biblical rules. Or, perhaps you struggle when dealing with toxic personalities in your personal life.
These are just some of the things Christian life coaching can help you with.
The bottom line is that if you’re wanting to make a transformational change in your life, and do it according to scriptural principles, getting a qualified Christian life coach is a great next step.
Why Do People Hire Christian Life Coaches?
We touched on part of the reason why people look for a Christian life coach a minute ago. Now let’s get more specific.
There are countless issues that people struggle with, and we all have things we wish were better in our lives.
Most of those issues have to do with our Christian relationship with God, our professional lives, our health, our finances and/or our personal relationships.
The good news is that for just about any problem you face, there’s a Christian coach who can help you.
In fact, even if you don’t see the specific service you’re looking for on their website, they may be able to help you with your issue(s), or know someone who can. So, go ahead and ask.
Here are some lists to give you an idea of the kinds of Christian life coaching you can easily find.
- Christian Life Coach
- Life Purpose Coach
- Ministry Coach
- Missionary Coach
- Pastor’s Coach
- Spiritual Development Coach
- Attorney Coach
- Branding Coach
- Business Coach
- Career Coach
- Creativity Coach
- Executive Coach
- Leadership Coach
- Management Coach
- Nonprofit Coach
- Organizational Coach
- Small Business Coach
- Time Management Coach
- Communication Coach
- Conflict Coach
- Confidence / Self Esteem Coach
- Legacy Coach
- Life Balance Coach
- Life Coach
- Men’s Coach
- Personal Development Coach
- Retirement Coach
- Stress / Anxiety Management Coach
- Women’s Coach
- Transition Coach
- Fitness Coach
- Mental Health Coach
- Wellness Coach
- Financial Life Coach
- Family Coach
- Marriage Coach
- Parenting Coach
- Relationship Coach
If you’re a Christian looking for a breakthrough in your life, and you’re serious about putting in the work to make it happen, then hiring a life coach will probably be your best next step to getting the positive change you’re looking for.
How Christian Life Coaching Works
When you start interviewing Christian life coaches, and talk to them about their coaching process, chances are you’re going to see a lot of similarities in their basic approaches.
The first thing they’ll want to do is to get to know you and what it is you’re looking to get out of your coaching experience.
So, be ready to answer some questions having to do with your relationship with God, general and specific questions about the kind of coaching you’re looking for, your goals, your time frame and availability and more.
One of the things you’ll want to evaluate is if you think that the coach’s approach and personality are both a good fit for you.
Think of your coach as a team member that you need to be able to work with closely. If you aren’t comfortable with them, for any reason, then you may want to look elsewhere because a bad coaching experience will be a waste of your time and money.
Once you’ve decided on a coach you need to look over the contract so that you understand the terms and conditions. You also need to know what are the expectations, responsibilities, and the roles for both you and your coach.
Beginning The Process
When the actual Christian life coaching begins you can expect your sessions to last somewhere between 30 and 90 minutes. Some programs may have more than one session per week and others may have only one session per month.
When your coach sees how you’re progressing, sometimes you both may agree to making some adjustments that will help you get your optimal results.
When you get to your final session your coach will help you bring everything together so you can review where you were at the beginning and compare it to where you are at that point.
That’s where you can discuss all that you’ve learned and talk about where you want to go from there. You may want to see if it would be beneficial for you to touch base with your coach from time to time as you go forward.
Best Tip For Getting The Results You Want
If you want to get the optimal results from your Christian life coaching, the key is using neuroscience to determine how your unique brain functions in five major systems of your central nervous system. Then apply the results to your coaching program.
Often times a good life coach will have you take a personality test (and maybe other tests) to help make decisions about directions to take with your program, and that has a lot of value.
The Neuroscience Advantage
The ultimate guide to finding your success, in just about any area of your life, is to assess your own personal neurophysiology, which tells you how your brain functions and interacts with the world around you under different circumstances and situations.
That assessment doesn’t cost much money, or take much time, but applying the results to your coaching program will have a dramatic impact on your results.
Have you ever wondered why some topics of study, tasks, types of jobs or relationships just seem to click with you and flow naturally, while others don’t know matter how hard you try?
The reason is because your brain is geared to handle some processes, tasks, subject matter, personality types, etc. better than others. When you know the areas that are a better fit for you, and you pursue them, you’ll find greater success without having to struggle so much to achieve it.
If you are really serious about transforming your life in any way you can imagine, you’ll follow the neuroscience path by assessing your own neurophysiology and applying the results to your coaching program.
For more information about the neuroscience approach, you can go to the home page of this website.
The Difference Between Christian Life Coaching And Therapy
It’s possible that there could be some overlap if you’re working with a life coach who is also a therapist, but coaching and therapy are two different things.
One way to think of the difference is that therapy is about dealing with your past, and coaching is about planning, and taking action, to better your future.
Maybe you’ve had difficult experiences (like some kind of trauma) that affects the way you deal with life in the present. If that’s the case, and this trauma hinders you from reaching your goals, you should probably deal with it first, and therapy is a great option.
A Christian life coach is going to help you explore opportunities, find solutions to roadblocks and help you create a solid plan of action to reach your goals in a timely manner.
So, therapy is geared more to help you deal with behavioral and emotional issues resulting from past experiences, while coaching is about planning, and taking action, to achieve the kinds of results you’re looking for to help you in the future.
How To Get The Right Coach For You
The first thing you’ll have to do is to find candidates to be your coach, and then interview them to choose the one you think is the best fit for you.
Finding The Right Coach
One of the best ways to find a good life coach is to ask friends for a referral. Try to get at least three candidates and then interview them to find the one you think can help you the most.
If you can’t get a referral, then start searching online.
For an online search you can use a few techniques to try and find a good life coach.
The first one is where you simply search for the obvious terms like “Christian life coach.” Then see if they offer the kind of coaching you’re looking for.
The next technique is to use the term “Christian” plus the kind of coaching you’re looking for like this: “Christian relationship coach,” “Christian career coach” or “Christian executive coach.”
The third technique is to do a search for the problem you’re trying to solve or the result you’re trying to get.
You’ll find blog posts and articles written by life coaches that you may want to add to your candidate list.
Your search terms may be something like, “teenager won’t listen,” “loneliness after divorce,” or “how to find purpose.”
One thing you’ll run into a lot in the search results are institutes and training centers for people who want to be life coaches. Just keep scrolling down to find websites for life coaches.
You’ll also run into some websites that act as matching services for life coaches and clients. You may want to scroll through them as well.
One good thing about using the search engines is that you’ll find both local life coaches and ones who do their coaching online (like with Zoom), which is an excellent option.
That way you can find the best Christian life coaching for you without being limited to the coaches available locally. But if you want to meet face to face, local will be the way to go for you.
Making Your Decision
To find a qualified coach, you’ll want to start with prayer to ask God to lead you to the right Christian coach.
When you start talking to your prospective coaches you should have some basic questions to help you make your decision.
You may want to begin by asking them about how they’ve seen God work in their coaching relationship with their clients.
After that, following are some things you’ll want to know about their coaching experience and qualifications.
- What are their areas of focus?
- What kind of training/certification do they have?
- How many clients have they coached?
- Do they use the client’s personal neuroscience with their programs?
First, you want to see if they have experience in coaching people in the area(s) you’re interested in. Be careful if they say that they can coach you for anything you need. Some coaches who have coached thousands of clients may be able to make that claim, but it would be wise to go with someone who has coached specifically what you’re looking for.
Life coaching isn’t a regulated industry, so anyone can call themselves a coach. See if they have college degrees related to the specific kind of coaching you’re looking for and/or certifications from reputable life coaching training centers.
Some coach training centers/certifications/associations you may run across include the International Coaching Federation, Christian Coach Institute, International Christian Coaching Association and The Institute For Life Coach Training.
Right now it’s a very popular thing to call yourself a life coach of some kind. Make sure you find one who has a good bit of experience.
When it comes to their level of experience, I suggest you find a Christian life coach who has worked with at least 1,000 clients.
Remember, using your own personal neurophysiology is going to be the key to getting your best results, so ask any potential coaches what they know about neuroscience and will they incorporate it into your program.
How Much Christian Life Coaching Costs
You’ll find that the costs for Christian life coaching can be quite different from one coach to the next.
Some charge for the initial call, and many offer a free call so that you can get to know each other a little first. That way you can see if working together is a good fit for each of you before you spend any money.
There are also different ways to work with a coach. You can meet in person or have your sessions online, over the phone or use email (normally as support to other coaching methods).
You can also work one on one with a Christian life coach or join a group coaching session.
One advantage of working with a coach online is that you won’t be limited to a choice based on who is available locally. That could be very important if you live in a small town or rural area.
Often times, people will start with some kind of package deal that involves a certain number of sessions over a period of time from one to six months. Then maybe switch to an hourly rate for intermittent sessions that could go on indefinitely on a weekly or monthly basis.
Most of the package deals I’ve seen online for Christian life coaching range from $150 to $900 per month.
Generally, the less experience a coach has, the less they charge. That may make it seem as though you can get a better deal, but you do get what you pay for. The lower price may not reflect the true value.
The programs on the less expensive end are likely an introductory program or with an inexperienced coach. The more expensive ones seem to be for someone who is clear on the kinds of results they’re looking for and are ready to dive right in with an experienced coach.
These package deals often range from one to six months with one, or more, sessions per month. Sessions can range from 30 – 90 minutes.
The key is to know exactly what kind of results you’re looking for and get a package based on that.
Then speak to at least three coaches before deciding on which one you think you’ll have the best experience with.
Most of the Christian life coaching you’ll find will probably be in the $75 – $200 per hour range.
Some of the better, more experienced, coaches may be a good bit higher. I know some that base their Christian life coaching on a rate of $300 – $350 per hour. Coaches in this range have typically coached several thousand clients (maybe up to 8,000 to 10,000) and have a great track record.
It’s good to know a coach’s hourly pricing because any kind of package they come up with will come down to how many hours they think they’ll need with you.
Often times a coach will have some flexibility with their pricing for clients with whom they have long relationships.
The bottom line is that a substantial coaching program could easily cost you $3,000 – $5,000 once all is said and done. Some can cost more.
If you decide to join a group for Christian life coaching it could save you a lot of money while still providing a lot of value.
Generally speaking, group coaching will cost you about 30% of what it would cost you to work one-on-one with a life coach.
Is Christian Life Coaching Worth The Cost?
The best way to look at the value of life coaching is by what you get out of it.
Chances are you’ve been stuck in an area of your life, and you want to get unstuck. And you want to do it according to Biblical principles. That’s the reason most Christians look for a life coach to begin with.
So, if you can find someone to help you get clarity in your life, work with you to develop a plan and then put that plan into action so you get the results you’re looking for, that would be a powerful, worthwhile experience for most people. That would be success.
So, the question you should ask yourself is, “How much am I willing to invest in my life in order to fulfill my God-given purpose.”
When you look at how much you spend on other areas of your life (like maybe your hobbies or vacations), a few hundred, or even a few thousand, dollars seems like a small amount of money to transform your life in a way that helps you to live the life God meant for you to have here on this earth.
Conclusion – Christian Life Coaching
Are you ready to fully live the life God intended when he created you?
If so, follow the steps above to find a Christian life coach who can help you.
Now that you know how to find a coach that can help you make the transformational changes you’re looking for, it’s time to begin your search.
Remember, make sure they use the neurophysiology approach in order to give you optimal results, and make sure they have a lot of experience.
Interview at least three coaches to see which one will be the best fit according to the results you’re after and one with a good personality fit for yours.
And don’t choose a life coach because they’ve got the cheapest rates you can find. That can prove to be a false economy that could just be a waste of your time and money.
What do you think? And if you believe I’ve missed something, please let me know in the comments section below.
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