Information on the Christian Life Coach Career
Christian life coaches use a variety of religious principles, biblical teachings, and standard life coaching techniques to help clients answer difficult life questions, generate and meet goals, or manage life changes and questions of faith. Since most of the certification, practice, and networking can all be done online, this career is relatively easy to prepare for online.
|Required Skills||People Skills, Scriptural Knowledge, Empathy|
|Job Growth (2018-2028)||11% (for counselors, all other)*|
|Median Salary (2019)||$46,885 per year (for all life coaches)**|
Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **Payscale.com
Online Steps for Becoming a Christian Life Coach
Although there is as of yet no official standard for life coaching certification, there are some industry-respected organizations that offer what have become the de facto standard for certification. All of the following steps can be completed online except for some tasks within the certification step and any optional in-person training you elect to undergo.
Step 1: Complete a Postsecondary Education
Christian life coaching is a multidisciplinary career field, and, although there is not an education requirement per se, many organizations and clients prefer to hire life coaches with at least a bachelor's degree in a field related to their work. Any postsecondary education or degree in counseling, religious studies, or ministry leadership, etc. can be a helpful first step in becoming qualified to be a certified Christian life coach. Luckily, programs such as these are offered online or through hybrid learning programs. Earning a bachelor's degree or completing a postsecondary course in a field related to Christian life coaching can demonstrate a higher level of competency to potential future employers or clients.
Step 2: Consider Training
The skills and knowledge obtained through step 1 in this process can impart you with a great many skills and know-how; however, life coaching can require a specific set of skills outside of those courses and degree programs. Training is a great way to hone your knowledge and skills into those specifically called for within the Christian life coaching profession. Many wishing to be life coaches will opt for in-person training. The International Coach Federation (ICF) is one of those aforementioned industry-respected organizations that offer a free search tool for you to find ICF-accredited training programs in your area. That said, those wishing to prepare for this career are not without options.
There are many online resources available for those wishing to refine their skills to be Christian life coaches. There are many online videos available about the practicalities of becoming a Christian life coach, the skills you need to work on, tips for success, and mistakes to avoid. Making use of these online tools is a great alternative for honing your skills as well as for preparing for certification. Outside of videos there are also online courses for training as well. These courses will cover the same basic information as in-person training, and can act as a valuable step in becoming a Christian life coach.
Step 3: Obtain Certification
The International Coach Federation offers what is often considered the industry standard for certification. Unfortunately, not all of this process can be completed online. You can become a member online, and you will have access to their networking, business and professional development, and support tools; however, much of the credentialing process can't be completed online. This process does include an exam which you can study for using their online tools or web resources. ICF offers overviews of the subject areas involved in this Coach Knowledge Assessment (CKA) test, including online practice questions. The certification process requires other in-person steps as well, such as the completion of a number of training hours and work experience hours.