by Dr. Marian Kubes, PCC, CMC, CCNI Christian Life Coach Training Program in Slovakia
Let me start on a personal note. I am often asked the question: How did you get into Christian coaching? Thinking about the answer increasingly brings me to amazement. To the amazement of God’s wisdom and His tenderness, with which he enters our lives.
It was sometime in early 2014 when I was approached by a colleague with a request to offer pro bono coaching sessions in favour of an organization helping Christian marriages, which she founded. I had been a business consultant and coach for 20 years at the time and I was hoping for a more relaxed lifestyle. In addition, my wife and I have been helping Christian marriages in crises for many years as a ministry to our Christian community. I was definitely not looking for another commitment.
I was surprised to hear what I replied: “I’d rather teach other people to coach so they can work with married couples. This is how this service gets wherever the couples need it“. This sounded like a commitment.
I had only three or four months to write the first Christian coaching programme in Slovakia. I ordered all the books on Christian coaching available on the market at that time and the first group of 12 participants completed a six-day program in the fall of 2014.
Since then, to this day, 36 participants, lay people, and clergy participated in this programme every year – so far almost 300 graduates. Until covid, all programs were in a classroom setting and students working together for several months created a small community with a strong bond that wanted to meet and grow further. The growing community has an opportunity to meet at a variety of regular large-scale events: Spiritual retreats for Christian coaches, National conferences (the fourth to be held this September), advanced programs, monthly webinars, and others.
The community is eager to learn. Most of them do coaching pro bono or use a coaching approach in their helping professions.
CCNI has become an important source of development for the Christian coaching community in Slovakia. The upgraded program has been accredited by CCNI and opens the possibility for our coaches to obtain individual credentials. Cooperation with CCNI has also resulted in specific programs. Dr. Michael Marx has already done two webinars (2021 and 2022) and this year a Summer School, which will also be led by M. Marx, will be launched.
God knows my strengths; he knows that I love teaching and experimenting and visioning. Also, he knows my weaknesses. He has prepared his version of my retirement years. Now I understand why I said what I said to my colleague eight years ago. And I remain in amazement and gratitude.