Our Coaching Approach
The Initial and Essential Prerequisite
to understanding your personality, purpose, and place in the world
is this: If your first concern is to look after yourself, you'll
never find yourself! But if you forget
about yourself and look to me, you'll find both yourself and me.
- Jesus (Matthew 16:25, The Message)
you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who
throw away their lives for my sake and
for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to
really live! - Jesus (Mark 8:35, The Living
Bible) Also see Matthew 10:39; Luke 9:24; 17:33.
only really happy people are those who have learned how to serve."
- Albert Schweitzer
Compass Christian Coaching process we would invite you to experience
can be summarized with the phrase, "Devotionally-Directed
Discovery for Sacrificial Surrender and Service",
and is biblically illustrated and described in a discussion document
freely available upon request (Click
here). We invite you to read it and then schedule a free
consultation to determine whether this is the type of journey
you want to embark upon!
short, all mainstream or secular life coaching centers its philosophy
around two beliefs. First, is the ability of each person
to find their own truth; it being assumed that no absolute truth
exists. Once an individual's "truth" is defined, the
focus of coaching hinge's upon a second belief - the person's
determination to "create" the life of their dreams in
harmony with however they define the meaning of life. The coach's
responsibility is to partner with them toward the fulfillment
of their agenda, only questioning it when the person's actions
are out-of-line with their stated values.
good coaching calling itself Christian adamantly denies this kind
of optimistic relativism that is the foundation of main-stream
coaching's first belief, and adheres to the revealed truth of
the God of the Bible; Father, Son, and Spirit. A Christian
coach would never partner with a person's agenda that was immoral,
but would support them as they pursue goals in line with
clear standards of uprightness.
crucial failing of even the majority of Christian coaching is that, once God is acknowledged and His truth attested to, coaching
more or less subtly operates in accord with pagan coaching's second
belief - you can make life work through your determined efforts
to get it right, and thus design - or guarantee - the kind of
blessings you long for. The goal behind the spiritual language
often remains the same - to value what God can help you
do or become.
clear message of Jesus' life - the One whose way of living
on earth best mirrors the heart of the Trinity - reflected a very
different belief - to live not for the
goal of using God to get out of life what
we want, but rather to bring the Father pleasure and to reveal
who God is to others. Jesus revealed it is not wrong to deeply
want blessings; it's only wrong when we want a better life for
ourselves more than we want to enjoy relationship
can only call itself truly Christian if it helps others value no treasure more than knowing Him; assisting
them in gladly clinging to Him in worship and developing dependence no matter what else happens in life. Our
highest calling and our deepest joy, as Christian coaches and
Christian clients is in the words of Larry Crabb, "to celebrate
His availability by drawing near to Him, not to use Him to make
our lives better, but to enjoy Him for who He is".
the discussion document that describes your coaching approach