This course is designed to provide an overview of the growing field of life coaching.

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What you will learn?

Course Objectives
What does the course cover?

Upon completion of this course, you will learn:
• The Coaching Core Competencies
• Principles of Effective Biblical Life Coaching
• Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards in Coaching
• The Different Coaching Specialties
• Biblical Life Coaching and The Church
• Helpful Resources For Your Coaching Ministry or Busines

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About Christian Life Coaching

This advanced course is designed to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the life coaching field. Students of this course will discover what it takes to be a successful Christian Life Coach in Christian ministry.

In Christian Life Coaching 101, we provided an overview of life coaching and how it differs from other helping professions such as counseling and mentoring. We discussed the role of a Christian Life Coaches within the Christian community and more. This course will focus on what it takes to succeed in the ministry of Christian/Biblical life coaching.

Please note: The term “Christian Life Coaching” and “Christian Life Coach “is used interchangeably with Biblical Life Coaching” and “Biblical Life Coach”. It means the same thing in the context of this study guide and
course material. In addition, Biblical or Christian Life Coaches are often called Christian Coaches as well.

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Understanding The Coaching Core Competencies
The ICF Coaching Competencies

Core Competencies as Defined by the ICF
In 1998, the International Coaching Federation (ICF) established eleven core coaching competencies developed to support a broader understanding of the skills and approaches used within today’s coaching profession. They also supported coaches in standardizing the level of alignment between the coach-specific training expected and the training they have experienced. The Core Competencies were grouped into four clusters according to those that fit together logically based on common ways of looking at the competencies in each group. In 2019, the core competencies were updated. They were no longer eleven competencies but eight but still categorized into four clusters. In summary, these coaching competencies helped coaches maintain a high level of professional and ethical standards in their businesses and ministries. 

See pages 2-6 for the list of the core competencies in course guide



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Principles of Effective Biblical Life Coaching
Coaching Effectively - Requirements

Becoming an effective biblical life coach starts with putting on the following traits or qualities.

First of all, one must be born again, Christian and a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. Secondly, like any believer, the coach must put on the fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22- 23, followed by humility, respectful and the person must be coachable. One might ask, what does coachable mean? As a biblical life coach, one must be motivated by the goal of improving one's practice or ministry. Coachable means being ready to accept constructive criticism from others and allow feedback on one's performance. The coach must be humble enough, patient enough to make any corrections, ready to make the necessary changes to improve for those being served. With all these qualities mentioned in this paragraph, you will be able to be used by the Holy Spirit to help transform the lives of your coachees ( church members, clients, ministry workers.).

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Essential Coaching Skills and Mindset

You might have the passion, training, or expertise to become a life coach. However, without the intervention of the Holy Spirit, the qualities noted in the above paragraph, and the right coaching skills, you are going to struggle in your coaching ministry or practice. It's like an individual trained as a teacher but does not know how to relate with their students. The individual doesn't have the patience, communication skills, and listening skills to meet their students needs. Still, they possess the education and desire to teach.

It will be a struggle for that individual to succeed in the teaching or education profession. So, it is with a biblical life coach. Biblical coaches must possess a coaching mindset and the essential skills to coach and impact the lives of their coachees.  The coaching mindset has to do with having the right thought pattern and the proper
way of thinking to assist your patients or clients effectively. When you adopt the appropriate attitude, you will be suited to offer others the guidance needed to resolve their problems and achieve their goals.

See pages 7-9 for coaching skills and having the right mindset.


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Ethical And Professional Standards in Coaching
Code of Ethics in Coaching

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) established a Code of Ethics. It was defined as guiding moral principles underlying how coaches behave congruently with ICF's core values of integrity, excellence, collaboration, and respect.

As Life Coaches, you are expected to conduct yourselves ethically and professionally with clients/coachees and others. The International Coaching Federation has this listed in its Core competencies, Competency #1 demonstrating ethical practice. Regardless of the profession or vocation one is in, whether secular or non-secular, meeting ethical guidelines and professional standards is essential in the way clients are serviced,
especially in countries like the United States. Abiding by the ICF Code of Ethics and adhering to guidelines and professional standards within a business's or association's scope of practice will enable providers of services like coaching professionals to accomplish their work with minimal room for errors.


Professional Standards For All Biblical Life Coaches includes the following:
➢ Being committed to live the tenets of their faith and willing to coach individuals who respect their christian/biblical approach to coaching.
➢ Familiarizing yourself with and also understand the laws and regulations in your profession and area of expertise
➢ Demonstrating integrity at all times.
➢ Maintaining a strict level of privacy and confidentiality with all your coachees’ information. You must store and dispose of any records, including electronic files and communications, created during my coaching engagements in a manner that promotes confidentiality, security, and privacy and complies with any applicable
laws and agreements.
➢ Creating a safe and supportive environment for the individuals you serve.
➢ Ensuring that the client fully understands the terms of the coaching relationship.
➢ Setting boundaries with your coachees and others you associate with often. JRNI Coaching, an ICF approved training provider states “ The role of the ICF will become increasingly important to the coaching industry as more businesses and individual consumers seek to hire coaching professionals.” This statement merely means that coaching professionals at some point in the near future will be placed on the same level with therapists, counselors, and other providers whose services are recognized as a crucial health & wellness need thereby causing insurance companies and others to pay close attention and accept payment for such services. At this time, insurance providers in the United States do not reimburse or pay for coaching services.

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Coaching Specialties
The Most Popular Coaching Specialties

In the last two decades, the life coaching profession has experienced a rapid surge due to the growing demand for coaching services by large corporations, the health & wellness industry, and others. It is the fastest-growing profession in the U.S., second only to Information Technology. As a result of this sudden rise, the need to specialize in specific areas was realized. It was discovered that to serve one's clients better, it would
be best to become a specialist instead of a coaching generalist. Narrowing down to one or two specialties for one's coaching business or practice will be more rewarding for both the coaching client and the coach. The coaching industry, primarily due to the current climate we are in, i.e., the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue to grow because the demand for coaching services is only going to accelerate.


Let us take a look at a few of the most popular life coaching specialties today (niches) :

1. Career Coaching: Career coaching helps individuals identify their career goals, develop a strategy with action steps to reach those goals, and provide accountability as they move along the path to
achieving their desired goals. These coaches help people find fulfillment in their careers by establishing professional goals, creating a plan and overcoming obstacles.

2. Relationship Coaching - is a niche of life coaching that helps people find fulfillment in their personal and work relationships. It involves collaborating with your coachees to identify tools and mindset shifts to improve the most critical connections in their lives. The goal of relationship coaching is to help people develop healthier and more satisfying relationships of all kinds: marriages, parents, and their young or adult children, healthier interacting within work teams, friends, and relatives.

Read pages 10-11 to review the most common coaching specialties (niches) today. 

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Biblical Life Coaching and Church Ministry
Coaching & The Church

As mentioned in our Christian Life Coaching 101 course, Christians (believers) are the primary clients of biblical life coaches. Believers are the number one focus of every individuals who coach from a biblical worldview or perspective.

Within the body of Christ, there is a dire need for Christian/ Biblical Life Coaches. Just like the lay counselor, pastoral counselor, Sunday school teacher, and other workers within the church organization, there is the need for a Life Coach. You can choose to work independently of any particular church denomination since it is not a regulated field at the moment, unlike professional counseling. Several coaches are self-employed
(independent) and, therefore, like any Christian or secular business, will charge for their services. However, whether as a business a coach decides to charge a fee or not for its services, it is strongly recommended to seek spiritual covering like your local church, your pastor, or a para-church Christian ministry or association. Doing that will help you stay accountable to others in your ministry. Suppose you decide to serve within the confines of your home church denomination or ministry. In that case, that ministry automatically becomes your spiritual covering because they have employed you as a worker within their organization and will decide if your role is a volunteer-based or fee based one.

How Can Christian/Biblical Life Coaches Serve The Church?
When I say how can Christian coaches serve the “Church”? I am referring here to Christian men and women ( 18 and over) who live and work within their communities worldwide. Within the body of Christ, coaches are providing coaching, counseling, encouragement, and biblical guidance to individuals facing challenges in their personal and professional lives.

Here are some ways that Christian life coaching is beneficial to the body of Christ:
▪ Pastors and Ministry leaders work with coaches to improve time management
and organization and strengthen their leadership abilities.

▪ Individuals work with coaches to help them pursue career goals, business goals,
help prepare for life after work (retirement).

▪ It helps Individuals facing challenges such as homelessness, domestic violence, marital issues work with Christian life coaches to help them work through the difficult places in their lives. Coaching guides them into setting realistic goals that will get them out of their current predicament into a better outcome. Life coaching
from a biblical perspective encourages individuals to develop strategies for overcoming obstacles and achieving their desired goals.

▪ It helps individuals use the teachings from a Sunday or Mid-week service and effectively apply it to their daily lives. The desired outcome will be a healthy and fulfilling relationship with God and others.

▪ It effectively helps church leaders and their congregations with evangelism, discipleship, active prayer/intercession ministry, and direction in discovering their calling and the practical application of their spiritual gifts and abilities.

▪ The role of Christian Life coaching in the body of Christ is necessary and vital to fulfilling the plan of God for men and women of faith who decide to fulfil God’s purpose for their lives. Through this type of coaching, church ministry, and other faith organization’s leaders, workers and volunteers can live the vision that God has given to His people. As they work together with one purpose, focused on Christ, He will provide what is needed to accomplish the goals.

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Helpful Resources For Your Coaching Ministry or Business
Valuable Resources - Your Coaching Toolkit

Like any other career or profession, there are valuable resources that you will need to have in your toolkit or library to help grow your coaching ministry or business. A few well-known ones have been provided below.

.1. Coaching skills Checklist – Is a guide to ensure that coaches are staying on track, asking themselves relevant questions like did I open with a word of prayer, did I apply the appropriate scripture verse to the situation? did I listen actively when spoken to? Many times, without a checklist or guide, essential points are missed, and so designing and having a coaching skill will assist you in staying on track and ensuring that you do not omit anything relevant.

2. A Coaching Plan - A coaching plan helps maintain and record a coach’s sessions' progress. This plan can also be useful for interaction between coaches and their coachees to assist them in creating and accepting the basic framework of the coaching process.

See other resources for your library/toolkit on pages 14


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Final Thoughts

The role of biblical life coaches is an impactful one. It is a ministry that, together with the intervention of the Holy Spirit, the coaching mindset, tools, skills, and coach training received can powerfully impact the lives of children of God, taking them where they are now to where God desires them to be in their life’s journey. In Biblical/Christian Life coaching, coaches use most of the skills, principles, and strategies of professional coaching but apply them through the lens of Scripture and within a distinctly Christian worldview.

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Final Exam
Final Exam- Christian Life Coaching BLC 102

Please note that only students of theDiploma in Biblical Life Coaching Program are permitted to take the final exam for this course.  It is NOT required for individuals who are enrolling in this course for their own personal enrichment .

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About the course

Christian Life Coaching BLC 102

This advanced course is designed to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the life coaching field. Students of this course will discover what it takes to be a
successful Christian Life Coach in Christian ministry.


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About the teacher

Margaret O.

Course(s) Taught: Biblical Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, Life Coaching, Christian...

 Dr Margaret is the president & founder of Sword of The Spirit Bible Institute. She possesses a Masters of Arts in Christian Studies and a Doctorate in Biblical Studies from Masters University of Divinity, Indiana. In addition,  Dr. Margaret has obtained professional certifications in healthcare and advanced ministry training in Biblical Counseling, Coaching, Christian Ethics, Marriage & Family Counseling, Addiction & Recovery Counseling, Benefits of Godly Wisdom, Practicing Self Care, Systematic Theology, Biblical Mentoring from several Christ-Centered training programs and organizations to include the American Association of Christian Counselors, and the International Institute of Faith Based Counseling. 


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