What is the Difference between a Christian Life Coach, Counsellor or Mentor?

400SnowFamilyChristian Life Coaching is about helping the Client get from where they are now to where they want to be expressed as a Goal. Then helping them take action to fulfil their Goal through patient questioning and active listening. Prayer and the application of faith through the Word of God is encouraged together with accountability in fulfilling tasks. A variety of ‘tools’ may be drawn on, such as the application of Mind Renewal, Forgiveness, Disappointment and Unresolved Hurts, as a means of helping Clients identify and achieve their defined Goals.

Counselling is a type of ‘talking therapy’ which involves a person discussing emotional difficulties and problems in a supportive and confidential environment. The Counselor does not give advise nor be judgemental, rather their role is to listen to the client with empathy
so as to help them understand their feelings and behavior Hopefully the client finds their own solutions to their problem.

Mentoring A Mentor is an accomplished and experienced professional/expert who has a desire to help, to guide and develop a junior or more advanced person.

Briefly Counseling is there to sort out issues, Coaching helps you negotiate hurdles, whilst Mentoring shows you how to do it for yourself!

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Difference between Christian Life Coaching and Counseling

Difference between Christian Life Coaching and Counseling

Christian Counseling is an effective therapy concerned with the healing of negative experiences and hurtful events from the past.

Christian Life Coaching is concerned with the pursuance of God-Inspired Goals for a more fulfilled future – in Christ.

Having said that, in my experience, I have found the two disciplines can work well together where there is a desire to move on in life goals but is hindered through emotional damage, unbelief or fear impending fruitful living.

In these cases I have either suggested they seek Counseling or, by the grace of God – where the issue is not overly complicated – I have ministered to them in prayer within the Coaching framework so as to move them on in productive Goal achievement.

I have noticed the healing of past issues comes sooner knowing that they are being healed for purpose.

Christian Life Coaching is a collaborative experience between the Coach, the Client and the Holy Spirit. It seeks to produce Goal-oriented outcomes for a better present and future – in Christ. It is the horse that goes before the carriage; the life plan that drives the vision. It is action-oriented in that it provides a route map towards achieving desired goals.

Christian Counseling, meanwhile, ensures all the parts are functioning well so as to undertake the journey.

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