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What does a Coach do?

Updated: Jun 9

Are you wondering what coaching is all about or maybe if it's even a valuable investment for you? I thought I'd share a bit of my personal story of being coached in a few different areas of my life but first, let's define what coaching is and what it isn't.

Coaching isn't discipleship. Discipleship is an intentional relationship designed to strengthen the spiritual life of the person being discipled. It's an opportunity to share and learn spiritual truths and develop and/or deepen spiritual practices.


Coaching isn't mentoring or apprenticing. Mentorship/apprenticeship is a relationship in which one person is teaching and modeling and one is learning how to be like their mentor. In this relationship the mentor is someone who has been successful in a certain area of life and they are now teaching someone else to be successful in that same area. For example, if I want to learn how to be a fabulous public speaker I would look for someone who is already a fabulous public speaker and ask them to mentor me so that I can learn how to do what they do.


Coaching is not counseling. Counseling is geared towards discovering barriers and finding healing and focuses mostly on past experience and current struggles.

Coaching IS all about moving forward. Coaching is 100% about YOU; what YOU want to accomplish, how YOU would like to move forward, what outcome YOU would like to see and what steps YOU are willing to take to accomplish those goals. A good coach will ask insightful questions that lead to self discovery. The best results are the ones that come from the core of who we are. They come from our deepest values, dreams, and potential. A coaches goal is to help those come to life. A coach is a guide not a teacher, a trustworthy listener but not a therapist, an encourager not a fixer.