“I am thinking of becoming a board certified Christian life coach but don’t know what to do.” If this is what you’ve been thinking about, you’re at the right place! Learn the things you need to do that will get you on your way of becoming a board certified Christian life coach.
What is Christian Life Coaching?
There is no formal definition as to what a Christian life coach does since Christian life coaching is a relatively new field still working out its professional identity. In essence, a life coach is someone who walks alongside a person for a season of life and coaches him/her through it. A “Christian life coach” would be a Christian who includes Christian spirituality in coaching.
This alternative to traditional Christian counseling is not built on personal therapeutic skills or abilities, but rather based on the powerful truth of the Word of God or Jesus Christ’s teachings. If a person allows God’s Word to speak into his or her life, God will renew their mind and bring life-changing healing. Rather than focusing on a person’s bad behavior, this process focuses on problematic thinking errors that are rooted in a false belief system.
The Christian life coach helps a Christian client to identify the lies or distortions of reality buried in his/her belief system, replace them with the truth, and begin renewing the mind (Rom. 12:2). Knowing the truth will make the person free by changing the way they think about things. Truth replacement can have, and often has, an immediate effect on a person’s actions or behavior, but the renewing of the mind is a process.
One central element of Christian life coaching is the development of a positive Christian self-concept grounded in Jesus’ unconditional love. With a Biblical perspective of self-concept, a person is released from the burden of having to generate feelings of self-worth based on performance. Since a Christian, i.e., a believer in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, need not be a slave to ego-enhancing behavior, he/she can be free to be unselfish and to manifest values such as faith, integrity, knowledge, patience, self-control, God-consciousness, kindness, love, sacrifice, obedience and humility. The practice of these values results in a healthy self-acceptance based on who we are in Christ.
The Path of a Board Certified Christian Life Coach
The Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential, offered by the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), is an ideal pathway for Christian professionals and those with academic and/or work experience helping, training, coaching or healing others. If you are currently working or training as a counselor, doctor, social worker, business mentor, teacher, or healing professional, an accredited board certified Christian life coaching program will leverage your academic and work experience into a coaching credential.
The board certified Christian life coach credential is a mark of distinction for credential holders and a source of credibility for their clients. In other words, the credential solidifies the professional identity of the coach. Board certified Christian life coaches have met professional coaching competency standards established by the CCE and subject matter experts.
If you are new to coaching and want to develop your skills from “the ground up”, you can also enroll in programs that offer the theory, applications and practical experience to build a credentialed Christian life coaching practice. Working professionals who already have experience may be able to fast track a BCC certification by applying their current experience.
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