Life Coaching Is Anything but New!
“And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
Over ten years ago I was in Graduate school to complete my Masters in Counseling. The term; ‘coach’ at the time was only mentioned when referring to athletics. In the last years we have seen an exponential rise in ‘life coaching’. I am sure you have noticed this yourself. You can hardly get online without getting a google ad or on LinkedIn and find an article or blog posted by a Life Coach. Perhaps you weren’t as ignorant of the field as I, but for me it was ‘Wow; this is everywhere.” As I investigated, something I do regularly, I discovered that alas, life coaching was anything but new.
We even see it (Life coaching) happen in Scripture though we never read the word ‘coach’. As Randy Helms (Author and Christian Coach) states, “Coaching has become an important part of our landscape. None of the Biblical leaders envisioned themselves filling the role of a coach. Not only does the Bible never use the title coach, there is no title, role or ministry gift that parallels the task of a coach. We can however find coaching in Biblical principles and practices.”
Perhaps you are at a point in your life where you feel ‘stuck’ and need someone to help guide. This is indeed the heart of Christian coaching. As Jesus guided through analogies and storytelling to encourage His followers in the ways of living a purposeful, Godly life, (and still does); so too does the Christian Coach.
Make it a great day, Dena.