What Is Coaching?

“Imagine what can happen when vitality and courage intersect in your daily life!”
— Dave Scott, Leadership Coach

What coaching is

Coaching IS about you – your goals, your learning, and your growth. Together you and I, your coach, will listen to the Holy Spirit to hear His voice about you.

Coaching IS about learning – rather than teaching. You are the expert on your life. As your coach I will use coaching techniques such as active listening, open questions, encouragement, challenging a bit, and always remaining supportive. I do all this to assist you in discovering insights and taking next steps.

Coaching IS about action – your action. Each session you will determine 2-3 actions steps you will take before the next session. You may be surprised how quickly you progress toward your goals.


Coaching IS NOT therapy – Although many of the communication techniques are the same, like active listening, reflecting, use of questions, limited advice giving, etc., therapy focuses on the past to bring healing and unblock a person to move ahead. Coaching is future and action-oriented, for people who are basically clear of psychological and emotional issues.

Coaching IS NOT mentoring – Mentors are experts in a particular field who seek to pass on their expertise to another person. Mentors provide knowledge, advice, guidance, correction, and encouragement to people who are newer and junior—by experience if not by position or age. They may use some coaching techniques, but mentors usually play the roles of advisor and teacher to guide and impart knowledge and wisdom.

Coaching IS NOT training – In training, the trainer sets the agenda. Change comes from outside the participant, via the trainer. In coaching, you set the agenda. Coaches use adult learning principles of self-discovery to motivate change from within you.

Coaching IS NOT authoritarian – Did you have a tough sports coach who used to yell at you and make you do a million push-ups if you made a mistake? That’s not coaching. As your coach I may push you beyond what you might think you can do, but will always be supportive. You are in control. The responsibility to decide and act is yours. 

who can benefit from coaching

Pastors & Leaders... enlist an advocate who will walk with you and help you process how you might live out the dreams and visions God has given you for kingdom work.

Business Leaders... bring someone into the conversation who will ask thought-provoking questions to help you keep focused on the action steps which will move you toward your business goals.

Students... draw upon a seasoned leader who through insightful questions will help you process some of your next steps to take at this critical point in your life.

Others... the reality is we all have goals and dreams we would like to achieve. As a result of our coaching relationship and your determined action steps, you will experience these aspirations in a more timely manner.