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Definition of Christian Coaching

For the purposes of defining professional coaching, Christian Coaches Network International (CCNI) has adopted the following ICF definition.

"Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential."

In Christianity, we shift from a humanistic philosophy to one based on God’s presence dwelling in us and through us. The centerpiece of Christian coaching is the client’s awareness of where God is leading him or her. Therefore, the expression of faith can at times be as important as the skill of coaching itself. With this perspective in mind, we support the following definitions for Christian Coaching.

Official CCNI Definition of Christian Coaching
Christian coaching is an approach to the practice of professional coaching, whether focused on personal or professional growth, which integrates the biblical worldview when working with clients to recognize their potential and effect personal change. The biblical worldview is given priority over existing theories of human nature, motivation, personal change, growth and development, and frames the perspectives by which coaching is offered.

Working Definition (elevator speech definition)
Christian coaching is a professional relationship focused on empowering a person or group to effect change, create new awareness, move into action, and step into abundant Christian life in business and in personal areas.

Christian Coach
A Christian coach employs the skills of professional coaching to enable clients to effect change, create new awareness, and move into action, while keeping in mind the bigger picture of humanity as taught by a biblical worldview. Since clientele vary in their walks of life and perspectives on faith, the coach chooses frameworks that best suit the client’s agenda. The biblical perspective remains the lens from which the coach views the client, but the integration of that perspective is sensitively adapted to the individuality of the client. 

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