" Is the life you're inviting others to live the life that
you are living? "
people who want to become fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ
make up the majority of our clientele. They comprise
men or women from early adulthood on up, who find themselves in
all kinds of positions (professionals of every stripe, stay-at-home moms,
students, small business owners, church and parachurch leaders,
executives, craftsmen, etc.). They live in many places, anywhere
we can connect regularly in person or by phone.
individuals are ready to assume full responsibility for their
lives and long to live them out of a comprehensive sense of passion
and purpose. They are increasingly humble people who
recognize their fears, doubts, and self-limiting patterns, yet
are open to facing them head-on, confident that they have much
value to contribute in Christ and desiring to do so for the benefit
of the world around them.
here to receive a discussion document that surveys the biblical compass points that form the backdrop
for their ideal journey.
Most of us
have been told we have potential, but few have had that potential
sought out, recognized and believed in-especially when we are
in doubt of it ourselves. We
at Compass Christian Coaching love to do that very thing for the
people in our lives. A good coach can serve as your guide,
your advisor, your mentor, your supporter, your "sounding
board" and your accountability partner to point you toward
Jesus so you can do what God made you to do, and go where He wants
you to go.
we work with usually collaborate with us around any or all of
the following topic areas. Explore those of interest
to consider what you may wish to accomplish and how others have
responded to their experience:
Deepen Reliance Upon God
a witness means not to blend in, which happens so imperceptibly
that we often aren't even aware - but in being a living mystery...
to live in such a way that one's life would not make sense if
God did not exist". - Cardinal Suhard
through the quiet depth of his spirit, his focus on the spirituality
in all we do and his willingness to see the beauty in me (and
all people) helped me reconnect with God. My eyes were opened
to the fact that everything I am, everything I have comes from
Him. I found ways to connect with God that have enlivened my walk
with Him."- Gina B.
the Triune God your Chief Treasure and your Passionate Pursuit
in life? Do you find purpose, joy, peace, and rest in
Him even when your life is not working very well?
In what ways do you and God most enjoy each other? Do you know the activities, the places, and the practices that
best encourage you to connect with the Savior and Lord of your
Christians struggle - most often privately - over how to bring
life and vitality to their personal relationship with God. Some have
invested a lot of effort in seeking him, yet that is what seems
to characterize their friendships with God - effort, rather than
the naturalness any relationship needs in order to thrive. Others
have been convinced they needed to approach God in certain ways,
doing certain things...and have followed through, only to find
something missing. They then often conclude the problem is with
can help you freely explore, discover, and connect with God in
ways that are most natural and meaningful for you, and
Creatively reflect how He has designed you
Flow from the work of His Spirit within you, rather than solely
your own effort
Energize you with purpose, passion, and perspective whatever
your internal emotional state or external circumstances
Serve as the focal point from which your destiny can be discerned
and lived out
place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and
the world's hunger meet" - Frederick Buechner
coaching is life changing! I learned so much about myself-what
I am passionate about, where I am gifted, and how these can be
combined to be used in the Kingdom of God. It would benefit anyone,
as the better we know ourselves, the more we are able to truly
do the tasks designed for us here on earth!" - Sarah
coaching helped me to better understand and embrace how God has
crafted me. I have been better able to hone in on my unique calling
as His child." - Dave B.
has never been an honest human being who wouldn't admit to longing
deeply to know why they were on earth; what uniqueness were they
given that gave their life purpose and direction.
what God had in mind when he individually crafted us, and later
redeemed us from sin, is the key to charting
our journey and embarking upon it.
concert with the Spirit, we use a comprehensive explorative process
helping you to move toward the discovery of your calling - the
unique purposes for your life - and help you craft it into personal
Vision, Purpose, and Mission Statements.
descriptive, defining statements will serve as firm compass points
as you navigate through the confusing, chaotic twists and turns
a result, you will be better able to:
what excites you most and how to creatively live out of your
passion, for God and others
Define the kind of legacy you want to leave behind
Make decisions as to the use of your time, money, resources,
and relationships that are based upon a lasting agenda rather
than temporary, trivial pursuits
Understand what you most want to contribute to the cause of
Christ in the world through His church, and do it!
Jim! Without your guidance, Joanne and my mistake count would
have been much higher, and our relationship would not have blossomed
to its present state. We are truly united as we have a good time
writing this chapter of our life's adventure." - James
our work together, the relationship with my estranged daughter
has dramatically improved. Jim's insights, encouragement and faith
in God helped me to trust what my heart wanted all along, and
move towards it. I have realized that in any relationship, fear
of being hurt again can keep individuals at odds, if that fear
is what is focused upon. Jim helped me focus on what I wanted
with Liz and to focus on that and move forward, and I didn't have
to do it alone."- Kiernan R.
regularly emphasizes, and studies have consistently documented
the absolute importance of relationships in life's scheme of things.
If we don't prioritize and love well in our relationships, then
any and all other accomplishments become worthless (I Corinthians
we come to know who God made us to be and do, that individual
identity must also be factored into helping others in our lives
become and do what God intended for them.
out our calling and being fulfilled in it, is always about giving
so that others can become...not a self-focused search for personal
can help you enrich all your relationships:
out the uniqueness of your spouse, so you can know and love
her/him according to their design, rather than your natural
how to parent-and learn from-each of your children in ways that
honor how God crafted them to be-trained in the way they were
meant to go, and when they are older (independent) they won't
turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6).
Develop friendships of depth and significance
Learn how to move into any relationship-family, friendship,
neighbor, work-related, etc. inviting others to partake of your
strength and compassion, even in the midst of conflict.
God has promised you forgiveness for your repentance, but he has
not promised you tomorrow for your procrastination - Augustine
last year has been a difficult one for me personally and professionally.
I was overwhelmed with the many things that filled my life and
seemed unaware of my own strengths, weaknesses, and abilities
that could come alongside passion to grow as an individual. The
support I received from Jim has been overwhelming and truly an
emotional and spiritual high! It has been a milestone for me,
as I now feel I'm running my life, rather than it running me!"
- Larry H.
our society it is so tempting to get involved in everything until
we don't have time for the specific things God has for us. I learned
with Jim's help, that it is o.k. to say "No" to good
things, in order to be available to say "Yes" to the
great things that are consistent with my calling." -
sincere Christians have some sort of grasp upon, and could generally
speak about, the matters that mean the most in light of God's
eternal agenda. Assuming this to be so, we are often
convicted by the fact that, in spite of our awareness, our lives
don't significantly differ-in essence-from those of our mainstream,
do the things you believe to be true show up in the way you live,
so that you could truly be characterized as light in darkness
and salt to a flavorless world?
Life Coaching can come alongside helping you bring specific, passionate
clarity to what you believe, along with the implications
of those beliefs in the real world and assist you in courageous
movement and life-style change. Specifically;
your primary passion for Christ spills out into the uniqueness
of your calling and provides all types of road signs revealing
the will of God for your life.
What your calling invites you to do with your time, resources,
and energies in the weaving of a lifestyle tapestry reflective
of His work in you, as opposed to copying or conforming to our
How to make decisions in life amidst the plethora of positive
options that overwhelm, and distract, so that we, like Jesus
can complete the course confident that we have 'finished the
work' the Father gave us to do.
Rhythm and Balance
was experiencing considerable stress due to my job demands and
family issues, when Jim and I started working together. Jim helped
me "see the light" about me and my lifestyle/family,
through his gentle but direct statements. He helped me make potent
choices, administering firm but caring "kicks in the butt",
that have really brought change in my current state. He helped
me so much in the relatively short time we spent together."-Liz
really helped me take a closer look at myself and what is truly
important to me. I was able to bring balance to the many demanding
areas of my life-to know I am investing appropriately in each
while having space to rest, worship, and just "be".
Jim's support and insights were much appreciated!" -Mike
Christians in western culture find themselves victim to one of
the same curses as their secularized counterparts - a hectic,
hurried lifestyle focused on the management of what has been called
the "tyranny of the urgent." The things that
call our name loudest get our attention and, not only are they
often not as important as things that slowly, quietly deteriorate
in the background but usually there are far too many of them.
lives become crowded and we lack the space and room to be present
with spontaneity to opportunities to love and receive love and
to pause to enjoy the limitless gifts of our Creator.
with the right Christian Life Coach can help you to:
to trust- and relax- in Jesus' wise, bounteous provision
whatever the kind and degree of suffering or opposition you
Find or restore the life rhythm that best suits your unique
walk with Him and the things He's called you to
Truly experience custom-designed rest, play and work within
the relationally-worshipful context of dependence upon God and
service of others
Live apart from self-induced stress, pressure, and guilt.
process has been incredible! I really sense God using the time
to learn, discuss and perhaps "redefine" those things
He is calling me to in ministry. It has been really helpful to
think through this with others that I lead."- Eric L.
to my work with Jim I am currently training for a leadership position
in the marketplace, which will open the door into my calling as
a minister to corporate America. I know myself much better now,
according to God's design. And that has made all the difference." - Vicki S.
have been involved in Christian ministry full-time for 20 years.
At various times throughout, I have experienced seasons where
I wasn't sure who I was or where I was going. I lacked vision
and purpose. During one of those confusing seasons, I sought Jim
out as a coach to help me assess my life. He gave me several assessment
tools, which I had taken before, but the personalized approach
Jim took made the difference for me. Jim helped me discover things
in my character, personality, giftedness & life experience's
that I never paid much attention to. I often dismissed them as
irrelevant or immature, viewing them as wrong, because they didn't
always fit into the typical Christianized standard of thinking
I was used to. Jim helped me reconnect with my passions which
allowed vision to come back to life, as well as he encouraged
me to face my fears that often kept me from dreaming. I know that
it is God at work within me to fulfill His good purposes for my
life, but it was through Jim's involvement that God worked! I
give Him the praise and I thank Jim for taking the time to invest
in my life." - Don N.
we consider the term "ministry", many Christians
think of activities performed within the context of a church's
program, if not parts of the job descriptions of paid church staff.
to scripture however, every Christian is a minister (defined as
a servant) and all of life is to be considered ministry (defined
as a "giving away" of your life for the pleasure of
God and the blessing of others). We are also called "ambassadors"
or representatives of Christ wherever we go in the world (2 Corinthians
of a sudden, the boundaries of what it means to do "ministry"
are greatly expanded: it encompasses every Christian, in all he/she
does, wherever he/she goes!
this truth, hopefully, in your deepening relationship with Jesus
Christ, you have asked the question, "I want all of my life
to be a gift of service, yet did God intend for me to serve in
particular ways that reflect certain passionate themes of my life
and are consistent with the uniqueness of my design?"
are all ministers, yet we were made to serve in different ways
that no one else replicates.
Coaching can help you explore what ministry means for you, particularly
the fingerprints of God can be detected in your life story revealing
his sovereign preparation of your heart to care about certain
things more than others
How these areas of passion become clues to the ministry dreams
and directions that make your heart come alive
What it would mean for you to creatively and faithfully move
toward these dreams however they could be applied, once discovered
How to "stay the course" once determined, with encouragement,
belief and accountability.
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will never forget the help Jim provided for me at one of the worst
times of my life. I felt hopeless in a role that had dried up
within a dying industry, and together we found the courage to
make a change. After 22 years, my wife, kids, and I are beginning
a new adventure in a new city with an exciting organization! I
don't know if I would have made this choice apart from the work
we did."- Dave L.
guidance and encouragement you provided over the last number of
months has been unbelievable! I know I had lots of questions and
ran a lot of different scenarios by you as I wrestled with where
I wanted my career to go; yet you always responded. You helped
me learn things and act upon them. I honestly believe that I could'nt
have done it without you."- Pat L.
initiative you demonstrated in bringing career clarification to
me was exemplary. I appreciate the time, energy and thoughtfulness
you exhibited. I know from others you've worked with, this is
consistent with your approach...and to experience it first-hand
- Tom W.
surveys of Christian workers from all professions, have shockingly
shown that 80% do not like their jobs, and three-quarters of that
total actually hate them!
you among their number?
calling upon our life is always much larger than the way we "make
a living"-it encompasses all we are and do in the uniqueness
of our being. Yet, as we gain clarity on the intentions
of God in and through us, we are free to explore-within the context
of God's promised provision for our needs and the abundance of
opportunity found in our American landscape-career paths and organizational
environments that best express the desires He has put in our hearts.
If we are willing to dream, explore and risk for the purpose
of revealing Jesus through our work in the vocational niche He
has best equipped us for, then we can be freed from preoccupation
with preserving a current position or lifestyle merely for the
security it offers.
determine direction based upon the best ways to live out our calling,
rather than the best ways to insure safety, comfort, and predictability
in our lives.
Life Coaching can help crystallize a career path and perspective
that reflects who God has made you to be, and then:
a faith - based strategy for moving in that direction
Integrate this plan with other God-given priorities of your
Guide in the formation of educational options, learning experiences,
written tools, personal marketing plans, networking and interviewing
skills and the search strategies most helpful as you launch
Explore the viability of and assist in the creation of entrepreneurial
expressions of your calling.
related,yet distinct service provided by Compass Christian Coaching
is our Corporate/Executive Coaching
facet targeted to either Christian organizations
interested in the development of key personnel or to Christian
leaders wishing to invest in their own personal and professional
do I begin to express my sincere appreciation for Jim and what
we did together. Without his help, I know I never would have been
able to move through this major transition to acceptance. This
experience has been one of the hardest, but also one of the best
things that have happened to me. I have a newfound appreciation
and understanding for those who experience major loss. This, for
me, is a life-long gift."
- Mary S.
came to Jim with major, life-changing decisions to make, afraid
of the sacrifice they would require and thereby stuck in inertia.
Jim struggled alongside me and I gained perspective. I was able
to keep accurate to reality, choose faith and take leaps. As a
result, I have renewed hope, confidence, and passion in life!"-Lynne
frequency of change riding on the back of accelerated progress
in our culture-the result of amazing advances in technology, communication
and the spread of information-threatens to overwhelm our ability
We, as human
beings, need time and often others involvement who care, to process
changes in our lives.
we hasten through them, failing to inquire and listen for what
the Spirit wants to tell us in their midst, simply to get things
together and maintain life as best we can, we will suffer loss
and the resultant consequences spill over into other areas of
Life Coaching can come alongside helping you engage both the constant
change of everyday modern life and the more sporadic, major life
changes that require greater adjustment, as you...
how to listen and respond to the Spirit's voice amidst the continual
opportunities, interruptions, distractions, and intrusions that
confront you daily
Come to embrace predictable life transitions (e.g. marriage,
parenthood, adolescence, empty nest, relocation, career-change,
retirement, etc.) moving into them with Spirit-led direction
Come to grieve, then receive, the unpredictable major life transitions
that God allows (e.g. divorce, death, disease, job-loss, financial
collapse, rejection/betrayal, failure, etc.) growing through
them toward a richer reliance upon Him and deeper impact upon
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