COURSE FDNC

Foundational for Christian Coaches

The Foundational Course for Christian Coaches was designed specifically for equipping Christian lay leaders and pastoral teams, teachers, ministers and others with the tools for reaching and empowering clients who are seeking to grow in the context of their Christian faith and inspiring them to grow in accordance with their God given gifts and talents. This course is the cornerstone of our coach training program, providing human development professionals with the training to develop the skills they will need to enter the coaching profession.

This forty-hour course (20 weeks) provides essential knowledge and skills to launch a coaching career through twice-weekly teleclasses and once-a-week Peer Coaching practice and post-class assignments (called fieldwork). 

The total estimated time commitment per week is 4 to 5 hours. Students will need to have regular access to the internet and ILCT website. Students must attend at least 35 of the 40 teleclasses and complete a written exam with a score of 70% or better in order to successfully pass this course.

Tuition includes 3 hours of mentor coaching, to be conducted during 2 observed peer coaching sessions, providing you with an opportunity to receive individual feedback on your growth as a coach. Students must complete both mentor coaching exercises to receive the 3 hours of mentor coaching credits; students who do not will receive an adjusted amount. All mentor coaching hours can be used to meet part of the requirements for ICF credentialing.

Course Modules

  • Module 1 – You as Coach (22 hours) covers the definition of coach, distinctions between counseling, therapy, and coaching, the ethics of coaching, and a strong focus on the development of the basic coaching skills or core competencies, including but not limited to creating rapport, reframing, open questions, and active listening. Learning is developed both through readings, in class experiential and observational learning, reinforced through weekly Peer Coaching fieldwork.
  • Module 2 - Business of Coaching (3 hours) introduces concepts of how to market your own coaching business, including identifying your business and your “ideal client” or niche, creating an elevator speech, and developing your marketing plan.
  • Module 3 – From the Inside Out (15 hours) focuses on life design and personal fulfillment. This is both a personal journey, with students using an assortment of common coaching assessments to advance their personal development, as well as being trained on how to use these with their clients. Some of the issues addressed include needs, values, beliefs; Life purpose; Life design; Integrity, standards, choices and boundaries; reserve and abundance; and self-care for coaches.

Learning Objectives

  • You will become familiar and comfortable with basic coaching skills and methods that will enable you to serve as a coach.
  • You will develop an understanding of models and theories on which the coaching profession is founded.
  • You will gain understanding of and learn to apply ethical standards to coaching.
  • You will become familiar with strategies for both personal coaching and ministry/business coaching.
  • You will learn to distinguish between therapy or counseling and coaching, being able to identify skills that transfer to coaching and skills that do not.
  • You will develop familiarity with the assessment tools used in coaching:  How they can enhance your client’s awareness, strengths, and problem solving abilities.
  • You will learn to identify clients for whom coaching is most appropriate, and those for whom it is not.
  • You will be able to “design” your coaching practice as distinctly different from your counseling practice; and explore various coaching specialty niches you might enjoy.

Our Coach Training:

  • Is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Consists of two weekly teleconferences
  • Requires one weekly Peer Coaching practice
  • Gives weekly "Fieldwork"
  • Requires internet access
  • Requirements: attendance of at least 35 of 40 classes, achieve 70% (or higher) on final written exam

Required Textbook
Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute for Life Coach Training
By Patrick Williams

Course Prerequisites

  • Bachelors degree, preferably in the social and behavioral sciences

OR

  • Experience in the helping professions
  • Strong communication skills