Q. What is coaching?
A. The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
Q. How similar are consulting, mentoring, counseling or therapy to coaching?
A. Coaches trained in ICF core competencies do not give you all the answers as a consultant, mentor or advice giver. Instead, a coach helps create the environment in which you explore and discover answers and approaches that are most effective for you.
Coaching is journey of exploration and discovery as you discern and apply your gifts, values and purpose, and connect those to goals you want to accomplish.
Coaching is forward-looking and growth-oriented, whereas therapy and counseling help bring healing and understanding to past events.
Q. What will we talk about in our coaching session?
A. Any area in which you would like to grow! Coaching is all about you.
Q. Why the focus on Christian creatives?
A. If you’re a Christian creative you face a multitude of challenges. You wrestle with who you are as a person and artist. How can you build momentum? Is your art good enough? What slows you down? Are there other artistic opportunities? Is your creative output impacting someone? Anyone?
You ask yourself questions, such as: “How can I balance my creative work with eveything else going on in my life?”
And beyond these challenges, you have the additional struggles of a culture that often relegates “Christian” art to second tier status, and a church that can be resistant to celebrating a creative God who has crafted you in his image.
Q. Do I have to be a Christian in order to be coached?
A. Although many of my clients profess faith, it is not a prerequisite for coaching. All creatives can benefit from the exploration and discovery that occurs during coaching. I consider it a privilege to coach any creative, regardless of religion or faith perspective.
Q. I’m a leader of creatives, or own a business related to the arts. How can coaching benefit me?
A. Leading, managing, or being a thought-leader bring their own sets of challenges. Coaching is a very effective way for leaders to discern and execute on vision, goals and strategies.
Q. What ROI (return on investment) can I expect from coaching?
A. Coaching sessions include action steps that you identify and commit to. This bias toward clear, measurable outcomes helps you progress toward your goals. Accomplishing your personal or professional goals represents a significant ROI.
Q. Do you offer group coaching?
Yes! You may be part of a group that has an interest in coaching.
Group coaching provides a lot of the benefits of individual coaching, but at a reduced cost to you.
Each group coaching session revolves around a theme. Your group can suggest or develop that theme, or select from any of the themes below.
- What is the connection between God and creativity?
- How has God built you?
- How will you combine self-expression and beyond-imagination?
- What does God-led creativity look like or feel like to you?
- What’s the place of money and fame?
- What are your creative patterns and processes?
- How will you live as an artist in God’s presence?
Group coaching is three times per month, for three months. You need to have a minimum of 3 people, maximum of 10.
Everyone in your group must commit to one of the following, which will be presented or talked about in our last group session(s)…
- create something or…
- sharpen a specific skill or…
- develop an identifiable leadership skill
Group coaching sessions can be conducted over the phone or via video conferencing.