One of the common questions asked is, “Why should I be a Christian life coach?” This question means different things to different people, so are some aspects to consider, helping you answer the question in your own way.
People who feel called to be a Christian life coach have a great desire to help others. You can help others deepen their walk with God and help them discover his plans and purposes for their lives. You can help an individual live out their faith and trust in God in everyday life; help others through a time of crisis, change, or transition; or help someone overcome their fears and insecurities.
Philippians 2:13 tells us “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” In your desire to help others, it’s important to focus on your passion—and life coaching is a passion. It is something you feel called to; it is not just a job or another way to counsel or mentor.
Ephesians 5:16 tells us to redeem the time. For a Christian, there is no better way to redeem the time than by doing what you’re gifted to do. When you’re in this place, you feel energized and enthused. Your life has purpose and meaning, and you feel fulfilled. Becoming a Christian life coach can do that for you.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Becoming a Christian life coach allows you to do incorporate this definition while implementing biblical principles. Consider that Paul tells us,
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thess. 5:11) and also exhorts us to “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).
As Christian life coach, you be a “generalist” and work with people in any area of their lives they are seeking coaching. Or you can become a “specialist” and focus on relationships, professional life, spiritual growth, personal growth, or any area you choose. How do you determine your area of expertise? Look at your own life for areas that you’ve grown and changed in the most. You can also look at great challenges you’ve overcome. There is a saying in Christian circles: Your mess is your message.
The truth is that anyone can call themselves a “coach” including Christians. But you are different. You are looking for professional training, because you want to coach by the highest standards. Research on the internet will show you that an ICF, International Coach Federation, certification is the best of all standards, and an ICF-approved life coach certification will give you the training and equipping you need.
As a life coach, you help your individuals overcome obstacles, find solutions, and clearly see God’s purpose for their lives. It is incredibly fulfilling to help someone move forward. While coaching focuses on growth, Christian life coaching can bring the added dimension of healing, because God is the great healer. You support your clients to accomplish what they want to do, which takes the responsibility off you to lead, guide, teach, or train.
The greatest result that comes from being a Christian life coach is seeing someone draw closer to Christ. And for Christians, Christ is life.