Christian Executive Coach
I am a Christian Executive Coach. Perhaps better put, I am an executive coach who happens to be a Christian.
- Executive - I understand the realities of leadership, and those things that can lead to overload and burnout. Equally, I find a passion in assisting Christian leaders (owners, executives, directors, senior-level professionals, etc) to maximize their own contribution and achievement in the places where God has placed them.
- Coach - I have been a full-time professional Coach since 1998. Considering coaching was first introduced as a profession in 1992, I've grown with the profession and was around in much of its early development. I've even trained hundreds of others on their path to become professional coaches.
- Christian - I began a relationship with God, through Christ, when I was 19. Since then I characterize my journey as a "story of grace." I've been privileged to walk with the Lord as He formed my character and crafted my path. I've learned (or should I say I continue to learn,) to pray, wait, and work with the energy He provides.
Working with a seasoned Christian coach has several distinctive characteristics appreciated by faith-based leaders and executives. Here's what we share.
A God-Centered Perspective on Life, Work and Leadership
We hold a
common God-Centered Worldview.
We might be
discussing a vision for the future, a strategic initiative, or a staffing
concern ... but we both come with the same framework, and a common language for
thinking about the big picture.
A Christ-Centered Reference for Ethical Behavior
We hold a
common Christ-Centered Ethic.
are concerned about their behavior and how it plays out in all of their life. I
share that desire to operate from a Christ-centered ethic as well.
A Desire to Continue to Grow Spiritually
We have a
desire to grow in our relationship with God.
not a Bible study or a discipleship ministry. Still, clients often
initiate spiritual conversation, and discuss how to apply truth to some facet
of their personal life.
A Naturalness in Speaking About Biblical Truth
It's natural that
Christian leaders weave biblical reference into a conversation.
It is only
natural to anticipate God sparking these conversations so that a leader can
respond to the realities of everyday life and leadership, solidly standing on a
foundation of biblical truth.
A Belief that God Cares About Us, Our Work and Our Team
God is not
distant. From His creation of humanity, He has always been vitally interested
in seeing people do well, and taking the lead role in forming their character.
The very work we do is part of his greater plan.
Our work is good and has his interest. It is part of His "assignment" for us.
What Christian Professionals Want to Work On
Here is a
sampling of what past leaders said they wanted to work on when they first
engaged my coaching services.
they discuss the very same things that any leader might. But … they think of
these things in light of the mindset I mentioned above.
- Some advanced
skill development for me as a leader
- My continual
lateness when I am to be at meetings with people
- To get clear
about the Lord's direction for my career
- I work very
late in the office and I can't seem to catch up
- I need
assistance in relating to the board and bringing them into the decision-making
- Regain my
passion for the things God has called me to do
- I want to
run. I don't know how to take care of myself
- Too many
- Upgrade my
- Sitting on
too many boards and committees
Things to Ask a Potential
Christian Executive Coach
I am assuming
you lead, influence and impact many people. You lead companies, causes, projects
and programs that can make a difference around the world. You are about to make
a critical investment in YOU. It can set the tone for the rest of your life.
You are a
Christian professional who wants your faith integrated into all of work, life
and leadership. Here are a few questions and considerations before retaining
your Christian executive coach.
- Do you coach
full-time or part-time?
- What type of
people do you work with?
- How long have
- What kind of
life experience do you have?
- Do you sense
this person knows what it is to face the tough stuff of life?
- Have you
experienced what I am experiencing or anything similar?
- How might you
work with what I am experiencing?
- I feel
comfortable talking and sharing my story with you?
- How much
spiritual depth and insight does this person have?
- What’s your
experience working at my organizational level?
- Do they have
something original to offer or does it sound pretty canned?
- Am I hearing
evidence of understanding, discernment and wisdom from this Coach?
- If you want to
be referred back to Scripture, do they have a working knowledge of the Bible?
- Can I see myself
talking freely and listening carefully to this Coach?
- What training do
you have? Are you credentialed?
- How much will
this cost? How often do we meet? How long is a coaching engagement?
- Titles come
easy. Why would you consider yourself adept at being an executive leadership
- If you want a coach who shares your specific spiritual beliefs, ask. In that regard, here's a survey of scripture that informs my beliefs.
If you are having a rough day with the intensity of your situation, try reading these encouraging words of Scripture. If you'd like to read the Scriptures online, try here.
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