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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)

If 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.                                                                   

"The only really happy people are those who have learned how to serve." - Albert Schweitzer

The 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!

In 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.

All 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.

The 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.

The 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 with God.

Coaching 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".

Please send me the discussion document that describes your coaching approach in detail.

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