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GET CERTIFIED AS A Christian LIFE COACH

Are you looking for a career transition or interested in adding a second income? As one of the fastest-growing fields in the helping profession, Life Coaching is a movement of cutting-edge professionals who empower people to be their best, and we want you to be a part!

By completing Professional Life Coaching 101 & 201, you will jumpstart your path to becoming a Certified Christian Life Coach by the International Board of Christian Care. You will be given a new opportunity to expand your professional services and ministries like never before.

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Do people often seek you out for advice or clarity before they make major life decisions? Perhaps you are a gifted listener who enjoys using Biblical principles to help those in need of direction, and you long for both a greater sense of purpose as well as a second income. If so, Light University’s Life Coaching program can help.

Life coaching is one of the fastest-growing fields in the helping professions and life coaching professionals are leading the way by empowering people to reach their full potential.

Are you ready to turn your passion into a career? Take the next step in your helping-professions journey with a Life Coaching Certificate from Light University

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Professional Life Coaching 101

Course Description

Life Coaching is one of the fastest-growing industries worldwide! People who do not need clinical counseling hire coaches to help them achieve their most important life goals. Thousands of professionals, pastors, lay leaders, teachers, and guidance counselors—those God has called and gifted to help others—are adding life coaching to their repertoire of skills. Now it’s your turn to bolster your skill set! Life Coaching 101 includes 12 dynamic lectures that introduce you to the field. 

Course Lessons

 PLC 101: Professional Life Coaching: The New Helping Relationship
Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D. 

PLC 102: Christian Coaching: Biblical and Spiritual Foundations
Sylvia Hart Frejd, D.Min. 

PLC 103: Coaching Theory and Practice
Georgia Shaffer, M.A. 

PLC 104: Connecting: Relationship Building, Connecting and Core Skills
Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D. 

PLC 105: Results Coaching: The Change Process
Georgia Shaffer, M.A. 

PLC 106: The Coaching Toolbox: Assessments and Resources
Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A. and Dina Jones, M.A. 

 PLC 107: Legal and Ethical Guidelines in Coaching
Jeanneane Maxon, J.D. 

 PLC 108: Coaching for Well-Being: Tools to Help Your Clients Find Joy, Purpose and Resilience
Valorie Burton, M.A. 

PLC 109: The Business of Coaching: Starting and Managing a Thriving Coaching Practice
Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A. 

PLC 110: Building a Digital Footprint for Your Coaching Practice and Ministry
Ben Allison, Esq., M.B.A. 

PLC 111: Breakthrough Coaching: Getting Past the Roadblocks to Achieve Greater Success for You and Your Clients
Mark Crear, Ph.D. 

PLC 112: Heart Shift: Helping Clients Turn Their Life Around
Tim Clinton, Ed.D. 

Professional Life Coaching 201

Course Description

In this second part of our Professional Life Coaching series, you will have the opportunity to learn from expert Christian coaches such as Catherine Hart Weber, Shannon Ethridge, Dr. John Trent, Dr. Mark Crear, Dr. Sylvia Frejd, Jennifer Cisney Ellers, Dr. Johnny Parker, Georgia Shaffer, and many more. You’ll be trained to coach others through life’s journey – providing hope, direction, and encouragement along the way. This course dives deeper into life coaching issues while still maintaining a biblical perspective.

Course Lessons

PLC 201: The Successful Coach: Managing Time and Staying Organized
Georgia Shaffer, M.A.

PLC 202: The Coach/Client Relationship
Sylvia Hart Frejd, D.Min.

PLC 203: Advanced Skills & Techniques
Sylvia Hart Frejd, D.Min.

PLC 204: Organizing, Marketing and Growing Your Coaching Business
Georgia Shaffer, M.A.

PLC 205: Group Coaching
Barbara Lowe, Psy.D.

PLC 206: Faith-based Positivity & Positive Psychology Coaching
Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D.

PLC 207: Coaching Men
John Trent, Ph.D.

PLC 208: Coaching Women
Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A., Dina Jones, M.A., Georgia Shaffer, M.A., and Christy Johnson, M.B.A

PLC 209: Christian Career Coaching
Jared Pingleton, Psy.D.

PLC 210: Executive & Leadership Coaching
Johnny Parker, DSL

PLC 211: Multi-Cultural Coaching: Coaching Minority Based Clients
Mark Crear, Ph.D.

PLC 212: Relationship Coaching
Ted Cunningham, MACE

WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN LIFE COACH?

The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” A Christian life coach is someone who helps and encourages their client from a faith-based through personal or professional challenges from a faith-based perspective.

WHAT IS the role of A CHRISTIAN LIFE COACH?

A Christian life coach seeks to help people set and reach goals that are in keeping with the life God has called them to. In the coaching relationship, the client is the expert. The coach – who practices active listening and asks thought-provoking questions – guides the course of the conversation. Christian life coaches seek to help their clients:

  • Decrease stress
  • Discover and achieve their goals and dreams
  • Grow self-confidence
  • Hone skills and improve performance
  • Improve their relationships

A coach can also help clients respond to personal and professional challenges, especially in the following areas:

  • Career development
  • Divorce
  • Finance
  • Grief
  • Job performance
  • Spiritual wellness
  • Relationships

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE COACHING AND COUNSELING? 

Many ask what the difference is between counseling and coaching.

There is a clear distinction between professional mental health services and life coaching. While both life coaches and mental health professionals seek to improve client wellness, educational and licensure requirements set the two apart. Coaches do not diagnose or treat mental-health-related disorders, but mental health professionals often do. While therapy focuses on mental health, abetting distress, and improving impaired functioning; life coaching focuses on setting and achieving goals.

WHY SHOULD I BE CREDENTIALED?

Christian life coaches who become credentialed through our programs have met rigorous educational and experience requirements – and they have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the coaching competencies that set the standard in the Christian coaching profession. In keeping with ICCA’s mission to protect and serve those who seek Christian counseling, our coaches adhere to strict ethical guidelines.

A Christian life coaching certification demonstrates your dedication and credibility as a coach who can effectively guide others to the life that God has called them to.

“AACC has trained thousands of coaches throughout the years and is now excited to help lead and train the next generation of Christian life coaches. Now, more than ever is the time for trained and specialized Christian coaches to meet the growing need for services.

Dr. Tim Clinton

President, American Association of Christian Counselors

Industry Leading Faculty

Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D.

Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D.

JOHNNY PARKER, D.S.L.

JOHNNY PARKER, D.S.L.

JENNIFER ELLERS, M.A.

JENNIFER ELLERS, M.A.

MARK CREAR, Ph.D.

MARK CREAR, Ph.D.

Ted Cunningham, M.A.C.E.

Ted Cunningham, M.A.C.E.

Georgia Shaffer, M.A.

Georgia Shaffer, M.A.

Valorie Burton, MAPP

Valorie Burton, MAPP

SYLVIA HART FREJD, D.Min.

SYLVIA HART FREJD, D.Min.

Tim Clinton

Tim Clinton

Ben Allison, Esq., MBA

Ben Allison, Esq., MBA