We can do just about anything with ourself that we really want to and make up our mind to do. We are capable of greater things than we realize.” (Adapted)
—Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993
Who uses a Spiritual Life Coach?
Spiritual Life Coaching is for motivated people who are ready to make deep changes in their life in order to realize their God-given dreams and fulfill their purpose in life. Any Christian can benefit greatly from coaching. Individuals must want to become all that God intends for them to be and to live out their calling in life. They must have a desire and commitment to serve God’s purposes, an open heart and mind, and willingness to do the necessary work.
At the heart of realizing our God-given dreams and fulfilling our purpose in life is being in a deep, vital relationship with God and letting God work in us and through us. When Christ said that he came to bring a full and abundant life to us, he meant that through an ongoing relationship with him we might experience being filled and led by the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. This Spirit-filled and Spirit-led living leads to fruitfulness, joy and a deep satisfaction in our relationships and work. Spiritual depth and vitality also links us better to other believers and enhances our ability to serve Christ together.
Living out our purpose also requires gaining relevant knowledge and skills related to our calling in life, and finding the right kind of encouragement and support to be successful in every aspect of our life. Gathering these resources often requires outside resources. This is where Spiritual Life Coaching and Consulting can help.
As a Spiritual Life Coach, I combine relevant biblical teaching, professional life coaching, intelligent encouragement, spiritual counseling, and leadership consulting in one ministry. In selecting clients, I prioritize pastors, nonprofit leaders, and other Christian people of influence who highly value personal, professional and spiritual growth, and who are committed to serving Christ’s purposes. I work one on one with individuals or with leadership teams as a group to help them set vision and make needed changes to pursue their dreams and priorities more effectively.
Spiritually, I help clients grow deeper in their relationship with God and learn how to let God lead them more fully and fruitfully in every aspect of their life. Ultimately, in helping Christian ministers, leaders and other motivated people of influence, my work with clients is designed to strengthen churches, ministries, and organizations, and to further the kingdom of God.
How Spiritual Life Coaching Works
In Spiritual Life Coaching, the client sets the agenda, identifies the vision, and creates the solutions. Clients draw on their own creativity and resources, including their relationship with God. As coach, I help clients to clear away the obstacles and fears inhibiting their life and to keep on track with their vision so that they can realize their dreams and fulfill their purpose in life. Prayer and spiritual counsel are important dimensions of the coaching or consulting relationship in keeping with the client’s desires.
In the context of a trusted relationship, clients are inspired, taught and encouraged to do the following, usually over a three to six month period of time:
- clarify their own values and priorities
- develop a highly motivating vision for key aspects of their life
- set attainable goals to pursue their vision
- create strategies to deal with persistent obstacles that distract or bog them down
- increase and focus their energy
- find adequate support and accountability to persevere in pursuing their vision
- develop greater skills and experience in Spirit-led living and leading
We begin with an extended Discovery and Design session to help clients assess their level of satisfaction in ten major areas of their life: vocation, service, spouse/significant other, family, spirituality, finances, health, friends, fun/recreation, and personal growth. From there, clients choose to focus on their highest priorities, and the work of pursuing their vision for their life and leadership continues in earnest.
Sessions are usually conducted by phone or Skype.
It’s lonely at the top. One of the hardest things for many leaders is feeling as if they have no one to talk to. Often there is no one with whom they share their deepest fears and concerns. There’s no one with whom they can dream and bounce off their radical ideas without causing a stir among staff, Board members, or other constituents.
It’s also hard to find others who truly understand the full range of feelings and the types of concerns that come from having the buck stop with you. Where do you go to find perspective? Where do you go for support? Where do you go for creative ideas, practical management decisions, wisdom for troubleshooting sticky personnel issues? Where do you go to talk about how you are changing, growing, and envisioning your own future, without risking your authority and ability to lead effectively?
After spending years on the staff of churches of various sizes, as senior pastor of a small church, and executive director of a multi-million dollar nonprofit ministry, I have learned a great deal about effective leadership—some from successes, some from learning from others, and a lot from missteps, failures, and wrong turns. I’ve also developed a great deal of empathy for fellow leaders, who are struggling to make the most of their leadership opportunity. Now that I have turned my attention to full time teaching, coaching and consulting, I’m in a unique position to walk with other leaders to help them to realize their God-given dreams and fulfill their purpose in life more effectively.
Leadership Consulting complements Spiritual Life Coaching by focusing attention on specific challenges and issues that a leader is addressing. I offer consulting in conjunction with coaching over an extended period of time, or separately on a session by session basis. By drawing on my expertise in Christian-based leadership and my pastoral skills, I offer knowledgeable perspective, meaningful support, and practical guidance to help others flourish as leaders. In turn, the guidance and support I offer to leaders is intended to help their ministries and organizations to become more healthy and fruitful.
In choosing consulting clients, I give priority to pastors, nonprofit leaders, and other Christian people of influence, who want to exercise their leadership gifts in ways that feel better and serve the mission of their organization more effectively. My particular areas of expertise include:
- spiritual depth and vitality
- spiritual leadership
- nonprofit management
I work on a sliding scale, allowing for discounts for those in full time Christian service. Fees vary depending on the extent of the working relationship and the time involved. Please contact Tim directly to discuss your particular needs and situation.