What is Coach Training?

Are you interested in getting equipped to make a powerful impact? We believe in coaching as a way to come alongside people and be a world-changer. This program is intended to equip you to be a professional life coach (whether you choose to identify yourself as one or not), and also to blend strong pastoral care and the essentials of discipleship into your coaching. It’s for pastors, counselors, educators, volunteer church staff, business leaders, small group leaders, network marketers, anyone wanting to launch a ministry, and more. This program is taught from a Christian worldview (here’s what we believe) and infers a reliance on God to do the work, a desire to seek Scripture for truths about helping people, and the humility to serve the Lord in this way.

This program provides you with 60 hours of work (48 hours synchronous {live interaction}) so you are able to pursue International Coach Federation credentials. If you are interested in understanding better how our program fits into the ICF credentialing, please check out our ICF Credentialing details.

You will be challenged from various angles in this 16-week program. This course is offered completely via live video, with many opportunities for class participation (audio and visual) as well as group work. This class is limited to 10 students and is taught by Scott and Abigail Doust.

*Not sure you want to become a life coach? The first 10 weeks of this class are offered as Coaching Foundations in Ministry— that means fewer hours to commit to class, fewer weeks to come to class, and all for less money! Check out both options and know you can always add the last 6-weeks for Coach Certification later if you change your mind. Check out this shorter version and let us know if you want to talk about the options. 


Overall Objectives of the 16-week program:

  • Understanding the uniqueness of coaching
  • Mastery of the Christian Coach Model
  • Experience developing powerful questions
  • Mastery of ICF Competencies
  • Equipped with skills in Christian coaching, including the use of Scripture and spiritual discernment
  • Understanding of DISC Personality Model, emotional intelligence, and personal and professional boundaries
  • Experience being coached for five sessions (3 personal coaching, 2 business coaching)
  • Explore practical tools of Relationship Experts
  • Practice coaching others (partner coaching)
  • Complete two recorded coaching sessions (people outside of class)
  • 60 hours completed course work (48 of those as synchronous hours over 16 weeks)
  • Read assigned books, articles, and papers; listen to short videos
  • Write short answers about the week’s homework
  • Participate in our discussion board
  • Be coached by a professional coach 3 times (and write a short evaluation of the session)
  • Be coached by a professional business coach 2 times (optional)
  • Coach a classmate 3 times (and record the sessions, write a short evaluation of each session)
  • Coach a person twice and submit recordings for review and feedback
  • Write a blog, record a video, or record a podcast to your niche audience

How much does it cost?

The entire 16-week program is only $1900! *Early Bird saves you $300 if you begin a payment plan by 11/30! Your church may scholarship you by donating to Relationship Experts and making a note for the money to go toward your program. The program can be paid for in 2 or 4 installments (or $237 monthly beginning 1 month prior to class) to make it easier for you to participate. Please contact us for more information. Contact us for discount codes if a scholarship has been provided to lower your costs.

Course Expectations
Each week there will be homework both to grow your knowledge and to practice what you are learning. Estimate 7-10 hours of reading, watching videos, preparing for class, partner work, applying what you are learning and attending class.


Module One- Personality

  • How Did God Make You? (the impact of your personality on your ministry)
  • How Did God Make Others? (and how you can adapt to minister to others more effectively)
  • Personalizing ICF Competencies
  • Coaching Different Personalities
  • Growing in Powerful Questions

Module Two – Bible & Discipleship

  • How to Read and Study the Bible Effectively
  • How to Use Scripture in Context and with Love
  • The Role of the Holy Spirit
  • Christian Coaching – Jesus and the Coaching
  • ICF Competencies and crossover with the Bible

Module Three – Developing Healthy People

  • How to Increase Your EQ (and those you work with)
  • How to Develop Healthy Boundaries in Your Life (and help develop them in others)
  • The Power of Relationship
  • Differentiating between Coaching, Counseling, Mentoring, and Discipleship
  • Meeting People’s Needs with ICF Competencies

Module Four – Caring for Real People with Real Issues

  • How to Walk Alongside Grieving People (death, divorce, change, deep loss)
  • The Power of Forgiveness
  • A Practical Understanding of People and Change
  • The Sin Cycle
  • Ministering to Struggles in Marriage
  • Equipping Others with the Tools to Communicate Effectively (listen well, resolve conflict, understand each other)
  • How to Minister to Christians and People without Faith and Meeting them on their Journey

Module Five – Moving Forward

  • How to Help Clients Identify Values, Set Goals, Move Forward with God
  • Business Coaching, Marketing, Partnering with Your Church
  • Following God’s Lead on Your Next Steps
  • Using the ICF Competencies as you Set Up Your Ministry/Business
  • Personal Reflection and Sharing with Class (how God has grown you/what’s next)
  • Moving forward to Impact People for Christ

*Modules are subject to change at the discretion of the instructors. This is intended to give you an idea of how the content is organized. 

Required and Recommended Texts

Required Texts (borrow or buy, paper or Kindle):

  1. Christian Coaching: Helping Others Turn Potential into Reality, 2nd Edition-Revised, and Expanded, by Gary R. Collins Ph.D., NAVPRESS / 2009.
  2. Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills. 2008, Tony Stoltzfus.
  3. Emotional Intelligence 2.0. by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves. 2009
  4. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life. 1992, by Henry CloudJohn Townsend.

Recommended Texts (optional):

  1. The Power of Relationship: The Startling Effect People Have on You by Dr. Henry Cloud
  2. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being 2012 by Martin E. P. Seligman 
  3. Forgotten God, by Francis Chan and Danae Yankoski
  4. Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching by Biswas-Dinier
  5. Relationship Coaching: The theory and practice of coaching with singles, couples, and parents. By Yossi Ives, Elaine Cox
  6. Your Life in Rhythm. 2013.  By Bruce B. Miller
  7. The Art of Asking: Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers2008. by Terry J. Fadem.
  8. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. By Charles Duhigg
  9. Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling: A Guide to Brief Therapy. 2005 By Everett L. Worthington Jr.
  10. How to Solve the People Puzzle, Understanding Personality. 2008 by Mels Carbonell
  11. Why You Do the Things You Do: The Secret to Healthy Relationships. 2006 by Tim Clinton and Gary Sibcy


It all comes down to calendar sometimes. Here’s the skinny:

Class meets online on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:30 pm central time. We start fall 2020 on Aug 11 and finish on Dec 8. Class will NOT be held on Sept 8 (due to Labor Day weekend) or Nov 24 (Thanksgiving).

You are permitted to miss 2 classes if you need to, and you can watch those classes afterward.

There is an application process due to the nature of the course. We want to make sure it will be a good fit for you, and that you are a good fit for the course.

For immediate help in registering for this course, contact us.

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