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.

Click here to read a detailed description of Christian Coaching distinctions.

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 Board of Directors

Rich Weigel

Rich Weigel

President

Executive, Leadership, and Life Coach.

Dr. Weigel has 4 university degrees, and is a national trainer for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Influencer, and Crucial Conversations. He has served as a member or officer for several educational organizations and has also helped with a number of state sponsored committees for education. He has post-doctoral credits from a few colleges and universities in the areas of business, education, and leadership. in Nashville, TN.

Jenny Karr,CPLC

Jenny Karr,CPLC

Immediate Past President

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.

President Elect

Open Position. Contact Jenny Karr if interested

Deborah Luxton

Deborah Luxton

Secretary

Debbie’s passion is to help pastors wives and other women called to lead, embrace their influence. She fully understands the struggles with perfectionism, control, keeping up appearances, desiring a deeper walk with God and a desire to step into your God-given calling.
She conducts intimate retreats for pastors wives.  Debbie is a professionally trained life coach, John Maxwell Team founding partner and certified leadership coach, 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 a Celebrate Recovery ministry since 2006.

Brian Bennett, ACC

Brian Bennett, ACC

Director, Strategy and Treasurer

Brian seeks to be a blessing in the world by empowering leaders and organizations to perform today and prepare for tomorrow.  He brings management and executive perspective from his experience serving in pastoral ministry as an executive pastor before joining Kingdom Capital as the Director of the Leadership Institute.  Kingdom Capital is a values-driven private investment and philanthropic firm.  Brain holds master’s degrees in both Christian Ministry and Organizational Leadership, and is in the final steps of completing an MBA (fall 2019)

Debbie Fawcett

Debbie Fawcett

Director, Membership and Operations Manager

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.

Director, Education/Leadership

If you would be interested in helping CCNI advance Christian coaching as our Director of Education, please contact Jenny Karr.

Brett Combs

Brett Combs

Director, Marketing

Brett graduated with honors from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  He earned a bachelor of science degree with a double major in Accounting & Economics.  He co-founded and managed two highly successful entertainment software publishing and development companies in the 90s and 2000s.

Brett’s passion for technology eventually led him to create a website development company that primarily focuses on web design for life coaches.  He brings a diverse set of skills and talents to CCNI with his expertise in WordPress develop, app development, project management, digital marketing, and search engine optimization.  He is currently pursuing professional coaching competencies to coach men with addiction issues.

Brett serves as a board member and treasurer of Woodman of the World Camp 11, a local civic organization.  Share Ministries, a North Texas Food Bank, is another organization Brett passionately give his time.  He manages Share’s digital marketing and serves on its board of directors for the past three years.  Brett is a father, grandfather, and live in McKinney, Texas.

Joe Donaldson

Joe Donaldson

Director, Credentialling

Joe Donaldson lives in Federal Way, WA where has serves as the Administrative Pastor at Journey Church. Joe has been a Leadership Development coach for over 7 years. He is a Certified Christian Leadership Coach and a certified church consultant. Joe and Julie have been married over 40 years. Their daughter and her family (including three grandchildren) live in Portland, OR.

Director, Technology

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Emily Eichstadt

Emily Eichstadt

Social Media Manager

Robin Crick

Robin Crick

Bookkeeper

TerryAnn Porter

TerryAnn Porter

Tech Support

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