Coaching  School Manual

Distilling the essence of coaching

If you are part of the coaching school, you'll discover that many instructors often share their favorite coaching books, articles and resources.  The manual you're invited to read is in essence, a distillation of insights, ideas and applications that have been gleaned from numerous books, trainings and actual coaching experiences.  You are welcome to download the Coaching School Manual, print it out and mark it up .  Click on the web pages that highlight each chapter to view additional questions and quotes not found in the manual.

Coaching is one of many pathways for empowering individuals, teams, and congregations to live into God’s preferred future. It’s an interactive, spiritual process that involves walking alongside pastors and lay leaders who wonder, “What is God up to in their lives and their ministries?”  If done well, it results in developing followers of Christ who bring out the best in others, are able to become unstuck from their dilemmas, and learn how to transfer their ideas and insights into tangible results. Coaching has the capacity to help people paint a picture of their preferred future and then gather the tools, knowledge, and skills they need to turn their dreams into reality.

While Vibrant Faith enthusiastically adheres to the ICF’s coaching approach and practices, we also understand that relationships are as important as tasks, that stories are as important as strategies, that people are as important as organizations, and that building on strengths is as important as working around weaknesses. Coaching is a continuous process of discovery, implementation, evaluation, and re- imagination rather than a single event or an occasional conversation.

                 “The essence of executive coaching is helping leaders get unstuck from their dilemmas and assisting them to transfer their learning into results for the organization”

This quote from Mary Beth O’Neil describes our wish for every coach and Coaching School participant. Our goal is to help coaches help clients become unstuck and unshackled from what’s preventing them from living their best lives. As you read through this book, may you discover and “try on” new approaches and practices that move clients beyond "what is" in their lives to "what might be?"

You’ll find questions woven throughout the Coaching Manual and at the end of every chapter to help you focus on what matters most. May it serve as a guide to help you distill the essence of coaching.

Be well and best wishes!
JIM LADOUX | Vibrant Faith Ministries, Director of Coaching and Consulting
Vibrant Faith’s Coaching School Manual is designed to help the new and experienced coaches understand, embrace, and trust the process outlined in the core competencies. We equip coaches to follow the client's lead, and through the use of powerful questioning, guide their clients toward their intended outcomes. Through active listening and powerful questions, a coach can help reveal a client’s most pressing issues or uncover emerging possibilities in one’s life.

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