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
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
Meet the CCNI Board of Directors
Dr. Michael Marx, PCC, CPCC, MBA
Immediate Past President
Michael is an ICF Professional Certified Coach specializing in business coaching and corporate consultation. Dr. Marx currently serves as the leader of the ICF ‘Global Community of Practice on Ethics.’ He also serves on the ICF Independent Review Board. Additionally, he is the past-president of Christian Coaches Network International and the author of Ethics and Risk Management for Christian Coaches (2016). Learn more about Michael at www.BlazingNewTrailsCoaching.com
Open Position. If interested, please contact Michael Marx for information.
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
Vern Card, FCPA FCGA
Vern Card FCPA FCGA is a professional accountant, professional manager, corporate and personal developer and business advisors focusing on Christian business owners globally. He is president and founder of Down East Management Inc. since 1998 (www.demiconsulting.com). Vern has immense experience in multiple positions and industries.
Vern is an anchor member of the Convene CEO peer to peer forum. He was one of the founding directors of CCNI and was part of the CCNI team to obtain the 501c non profit status. He is currently heading up a team assessing the viability of establishing the Celebrate Recovery program for his community. He resides in the St. Stephen, NB Canada/Calais, Maine border community.
Open Position. Contact Michael Marx if interested.
Open Position. If interested contact Michael Marx for information.
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