Who Is Christian Coaches Network International?
Christian Coaches Network International is the leading credentialing agency in the field of professional Christian coaching. We exist to empower, equip, and connect Christian coaches and people interested in becoming a Christian Coach. Our mission is to provide education, community, and resources to Christian Coaches worldwide. Since 1998, CCNI has advocated and promoted the highest standards of excellence and ethics in professional practice. As such, CCNI recognizes and promotes faith-based coach training programs built on the solid concepts of this emerging discipline. CCNI credentials coaches who meet the rigor of professionalism and honor the role of faith in their professional practice. CCNI also helps individual coaches stay connected to the information they need to succeed in their profession and their business.
What Is Christian Coaching?
“Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” (International Coaching Federation)
Christian coaching is a professional relationship focused on empowering a person or group to effect change, create new awareness, move into action, and step into abundant Christian life in business and in personal areas.
Christian coaching is an approach to the practice of professional coaching, whether focused on personal or professional growth, which integrates the biblical worldview when working with clients to recognize their potential and effect personal change. The biblical worldview is given priority over existing theories of human nature, motivation, personal change, growth and development, and frames the perspectives by which coaching is offered.
As Christian Coaches, we shift from a humanistic philosophy to one based on God’s presence dwelling in us and through us.
The centerpiece of Christian coaching is the client’s awareness of where God is leading him or her. Therefore, the expression of faith can at times be as important as the skill of coaching itself. With this perspective in mind, we support the following definitions for Christian Coaching:
A Christian coach employs the skills of professional coaching to enable clients to effect change, create new awareness, and move into action, while keeping in mind the bigger picture of humanity as taught by a biblical worldview.
Since clientele vary in their walks of life and perspectives on faith, the coach chooses frameworks that best suit the client’s agenda. The biblical perspective remains the lens from which the coach views the client, but the integration of that perspective is sensitively adapted to the individuality of the client.
The primary distinction in Christian coaching is based in the precept that God seeks active involvement in the lives of humans. Christian coaching enables the coach to:
- invite the Holy Spirit into the conversation in a three way partnership;
- ask the Holy Spirit to guide the coaching conversation;
- directly ask questions pertaining to the integration of faith;
- encourage the client to consider God’s will and plan;
- allow the expression of the client’s faith to grow;
- challenge the client to view life from a biblical perspective;
- create awareness, design actions, and formulate solutions using scriptural references; and,
- encourage the client’s transformation into the image of Christ.
How CCNI Supports Christian Coaches
Christian Coaches Network International welcomes Bible believing coaches who profess the Lordship of Jesus Christ and aspire to live according to His teachings. As a group, we aim to focus on shared beliefs and values, while supporting one another in professional association.
Click the links to view CCNI’s What We Believe Statement , CCNI Christian Coaching Competencies, and our CCNI Ethics Policy. The statements in these documents are the foundation upon which the senior leadership of Christian Coaches Network International stands.
Meet the CCNI Team
Melodee Claassen CCGC
Social Media Coordinator
Meet the CCNI Board of Directors
Kelly McClelland, CCMC, CJSS
Immediate Past President
Warm greetings in the Lord from Orlando, Florida! In 2009 the early sense of a season of transition and change began stirring in my spirit. A returning missionary’s testimony was how God nudged me into exploring the coaching industry. In 2010, after completing my first round of coach training, I launched Transition Time Coach, LLC to serve missionaries, ministers and non-profit staff in the midst of career transitions. One of the first things I did was save enough from those first few paying clients to enable me to join Christian Coaches Network International (CCNI)! I felt a deep desire to connect with other like-minded believers who were practicing faith-based coaching. In our organization, I found friends, resources, and willing mentors to help me build my own practice.
Some of you may know me from our 2014 eSummit where I was the tech guy helping Marcie behind the webinars. It is fun to keep the chat window going during webinars. I’m happy to be assisting again for Maximize 2016 eSummit and hope we can connect there. As a new member of the board and leadership team, I pray my 45+ years of military, business, cross-cultural, and ministry experience will be helpful to CCNI as we build and expand our community worldwide.
Debbie’s clients are high-achieving women with many successes. Even so, they also struggle with perfectionism, control, keeping up appearances, desiring a deeper walk with God and a desire to step into their God-given calling. She is passionate about equipping executive women to put down their appearances, to stay authentic and be victorious in the impact God created and designed them for. She conducts retreats for women who lead and transformation of those things that keep them battling life and helping them to step into impacting those God has called them to serve; their true purpose. Her specialties include: Building, leading and managing teams, driving process improvement, strengthening spiritual depth, teaching, mentoring, speaking, and coaching. Debbie Luxton is a professionally trained life coach, John Maxwell Team founding partner and certified leadership coach, women’s mentor, author and women’s retreat leader.
Debbie has over 30 years experience building and leading corporate and volunteer teams. She and her husband have led the local Celebrate Recovery ministry in Washington, MO since 2006
Karen Kornik, CPLC
Raised in an entrepreneur environment, Karen enjoys owning a business and loves working with numbers. She and her husband Sheldon of 25 years live in Dauphin, Manitoba Canada where their business, White Dove Water Company & Laundromat has been flourishing since 2006.
Karen has been a Treasurer for her church for the past 7 years and also has served as treasurer for a few businesses. Karen serves as a Deacon in her church and is a Leader for the Mercy & Mission team. She received her CPLC (Certified Professional Life Coach) and ACC (Associate Certified Coach) with IFC and plans to transition slowly into starting up her coaching business.
She and Sheldon have two children who are both attending University and a very special grandson, Braxon. When time permits, Karen enjoys running half Marathons in different cities and meeting people from all over the world.
Paul D. Olmstead
Paul and his wife, Susan are trained missionaries. Paul is especially skilled in the areas of Coaching, Training, Relationship Building, Networking, Management, Administration, Accountability, Project Coordination, Customer Service, Credit Decision Making, Home Mortgage Lending, and Non-profit Fund Raising. Paul served on the 2017 CCNI Board of Directors focused on the Point of Need initiative and Educational Enrichment.
Debbie is a trained life coach who helps people reach their dreams, move from where they are to where they want to be, and get a new perspective on life. She is also a dedicated and reliable team player with diversified skill sets covering Disaster Preparation, Human Resources, Library Assistant, Administrative Support, Typesetting and Desktop Publishing. Debbie is proficient in prioritizing and completing tasks in a timely manner and is able to creatively research and recommend solutions to enhance productivity.
Walt Hastings, MCC
In 1960 I graduated from Ardenne High School in Kingston, Jamaica, under the British system of schooling. I attended Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, graduating with a BA in physical education and a minor in music in 1965. Twenty years later, I received an MDiv degree from Anderson School of Theology. In 2000, I received a DMin degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, with an emphasis in the areas of church growth and church planting.
For about 35 years I served churches in pastoral ministry, including 10 years as a lead pastor. I planted a church in the mid-1990s. I served on a limited basis as a church consultant for about 12 years, before changing to a coaching role in 2000. My first position out of college was as a program director at a YMCA. My other work experiences have included Bible college instructor, selling insurance, fast food sales, and building contractor.
I am married to Sharon. With her EdD doctorate, she serves as Clinical Director for the University of Phoenix at a campus in the Denver area. Her role is to prepare Masters level students in counseling, and she oversees their Counseling Center. In our blended marriage we have five adult children and four grandchildren (although our youngest son died in a fire in 2012). All live close by in Colorado, with the exception of a son in California, a son in Michigan, and a daughter-in-law in Sweden.
I have been coaching for 17 years. My initial training was through CoachNet. I graduated from Creative Results CORE program in 2011. I became an ICF (International Coach Federation) member in 2012, and became active in the local Colorado ICF Chapter as a Board member, Treasurer, Membership Director and Special Interest Group instructor. I received the ACC credential (Associate Certified Coach) from the ICF in 2013, and the PCC credential (Professional Certified Coach) in 2015. I have applied for the MCC credential (Master Certified Coach) and expect to hear very soon. I am an instructor and a mentor coach for two coach training schools with a Christian orientation – Creative Results and Coaching4Clergy. UPDATE: Congratulations Walt on your CMCC on the first attempt! Well done!
Jenny has a passion to train, equip, and support people in ministry whether that be through fundraising coaching, on-site and virtual trainings, personal financial partnership, or hosting someone on furlough. She considers it a privilege and an honor to get to work with people around the world who bring Heaven to Earth. Outside of work, she is blessed to spend time with her husband and daughter in Nashville, TN.
Renee recently retired from a career in higher education. She is an expert in aging and family studies and has taught face-to-face and online courses on adult & lifespan development, gerontology, family studies and grief and loss. Additionally, she has obtained coaching-related grants. She applied a “coach-approach” to community issues to help rural communities develop healthier environments for older adults. Because she recognizes the value of a non-expert, coaching approach, she has taken numerous classes to develop professional coaching competencies. Dr. Oscarson aims to assist older adults and their family members through focusing on life coaching and consulting for family caregivers and to promote communities that are friendly for all ages. Her vision involves building on her past opportunities and skills in order to help prepare rural communities for an aging population.
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