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Spiritual Life Coaching

This Wednesday I started what is the beginning of an exciting adventure.  I m already one day of training into a 3 day training on the Spiritual Life Coaching Model.  I m giving up two days of office work, and 1/2 of my only day off to make it happen.  I ll get to do this once a month for the next 6 months, and I m doing it along with all the pastors on staff at Trinity.  It s definitely a breaking of old pastoral counseling habits, and a relearning of relationships. 

Coaching is defined as a powerful partnership designed to promote and forward the lifelong process of growth, effectiveness and achievement around a God-given purpose.  Life Coaches are committed to helping all those who are around them perform at their best, while reaching their full potential in Christ.  Life Coaching is about serving others while expanding your own personal horizon in a grand space of creativity.

Over the past two years, our Senior Pastor has become certified as a Life Coach through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI.)  CTI is the first ICF-accredited and the largest coach training organization in the world.  It is however, NOT a Christian coaching network.  Since our pastors recent completion of his 2-year certification process, he began to develop (based on the CTI model of coaching) a Spiritual Life Coaching model.  So I m working through a manual that he has designed, along with the book Co-Active Coaching.  I m the coaching guinea pig!  I ve got lots of reading homework, and I ll be actively pursing a coaching client willing to let me practice on them.  I really do love learning, and it s been way too long since I ve had an expectation of learning put on me.

I m excited for what this can do for me both personally and what it will allow me to pour into those I m called to serve.  It s been a frustration of mine for years that I m expected to biblically counsel those in and around our church, when in all seriousness I m severely unqualified to do so; in the counseling sense.  It is my prayer that being able to have a posture of coaching when working with others will allow me to discover new opportunities for releasing the potential in those around me.

Stay tuned for more as I journey down this road

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Tim Gabbard · February 12, 2009

    Interesting, please make sure you post your progress.

  2. jabberfrog · February 13, 2009

    Looking forward to hearing more. Will your senior pastor do more of this down the road? Curious if you’d have time to teach some of us via mogulus.com? Could be interesting.