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What is your favorite thing about being a Christian Coach?
I love the premise that God initiates the change in those whom we serve. As a Christian Coach I come without an agenda, judgment-free, and ready to listen with discernment about where to direct the conversation and bring to light the a-ha’s that have been overlooked just below the surface.
Who is your ideal client?
My ideal client is the woman tired of looking in the mirror and feeling like she’s not enough – for that calling, for relationships, and for God. For far too long, I was that girl, without the confidence to grow and step into the fullness of who I’m meant to be. Does it appear like you’re making gains in a few areas of life, but carrying around a damaged self-concept within, feeling overwhelmed, insecure, or often giving up on new aspirations before even trying? My heart is to believe in your potential and help pull out the answers God has planted deep down inside of you about how to break the mental habits that are stealing your joy.
What inspired you to become a Christian Coach?
I’ve always been that friend ready to listen and offer encouragement at the drop of a hat. I’ve also made my share of mistakes I’ve had to overcome and lessons I’ve had to learn along the way. Seeing women who look like me be written-off either by those around them, or by dismissing themselves of ever being capable or worthy of realizing their goals because of who they are or what they’ve done, fueled me to do so much more. I needed to build bridges for others in the way that bridges had been built for me. The grassroots of a vision to serve my community beyond the four walls of the classroom dropped into my lap only two months into my teaching career. I knew that in order to be prepared for the transition, I needed formal training with proven strategies on how to guide my clients through discovering what holds them back from finding the contentment they desire.
What led you to choose to study through the Christian Coaching School?
As a born-again believer in Jesus, my pursuit is always to view my clients through the eyes of Christ. I wanted my foundational certification to be attained where method and theory go hand-in-hand with biblical truths. To be honest, at the time I didn’t even know what coaching was or how it differs from therapy. As I began to do more research, there was something about Christian Coaching School that was drawing me in beyond all others. I’m no believer in coincidence, so I decided to take a mini-dive and book a consult call. My initial consultation with Jennie sealed the deal. At that time I was still trying to figure out how I fit into this new venture God was nudging me to start. There were so many unknowns, and I felt incapable of getting started – whatever that meant. Jennie put me at ease and confirmed that these aspirations were valid. Her confidence and care let me know that I’d be in good hands. I knew it would be the first step to so much more, and I am getting to see the fruit of that decision now. Jennie, I am forever grateful!
What was your favorite part about the program and why?
My favourite part of the program was the amount of live interaction, and the opportunity to develop our skills through practicum. Every coaching model taught and practised was first modeled live or through unscripted, pre-recorded sessions. Practising our skills on each other in such a safe space gave us a real sense of the coaching experience both as a coach and as a client. We got to see and experience first-hand how to work through roadblocks and get our clients back on-track.
How did you change as a person as a result of going through coach training with CCS?
Training with CCS gave me the confidence to launch into the business realm with the training and certification needed to develop giftings I hadn’t yet fully tapped into. Not only that, but the skills gained within the program have made me a much more empathic and discerning listener, and an overall better friend!
What do you find yourself holding on to from your training with CCS all these months/years later?
Since my training with CCS, I keep coming back to the importance of believing in the client by asking instead of telling and listening instead of giving advice. The training I received taught me that I can rest in God’s faithfulness to speak to the hearts of those He allows me to serve, and to provide the insight required for me to nurture them along the road to stewardship over their own lives. A coach is not there to fix, but to support in the process of becoming.
What would you tell an individual who is thinking of training with CCS but isn’t sure if they are ready to take the plunge?
The investment was worth every penny. If you’re like me and you’re not into deep dives head-first, try a consult call. Come with your questions and the curiosity needed to consider how training with CCS can take you that next step forward. Register that business and claim those expenses! Do whatever you need to do to remove the barriers between you and the dreams you’ve been longing to walk out in the flesh. I’m living proof that it’s worth it.