Christian Coaching Competencies

CCNI Competency #1 – Demonstrates Ethical Practice

Understands and consistently applies coaching ethics and standards of coaching.

Demonstrates personal integrity and honesty in interactions with clients, sponsors and relevant stakeholders.

Is sensitive to clients’ identity, environment, experiences, values and beliefs.

Uses language appropriate and respectful to clients, sponsors and relevant stakeholders.

Abides by the CCNI Code of Ethics and upholds the CCNI Core Values.

Maintains confidentiality with client information per stakeholder agreements and pertinent laws.

Maintains the distinctions between coaching, consulting, psychotherapy and other support professions.

Refers clients to other support professionals, as appropriate.

Christian Coaching Application

Professional ethics compares the needs of the professional with the needs of the client and determines what is ethical or unethical. Ethics for the Christian transcends professional ethics to that of morality based on scripture. Therefore, what might be deemed ethical conduct in a professional sense may be unethical from a biblical perspective.

The Bible is replete with moral direction and guidance (2 Timothy 3:16-17), the foundation of which is primarily love for God and secondarily love for others (Matthew 22:37-40). Christians recognize that our responsibilities as professionals may have eternal consequences, and we should conduct business with an eternal perspective in mind (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Please refer to the CCNI Code of Ethics for specific guidelines.

In addition, the CCNI credentialed coach:

  1. Understands and follows all CCNI Ethical Guidelines.
  2. Understands and follows the credentialing agency guidelines when such credentials are held.
  3. Uses the appropriate code of ethics to solve dilemmas. When warranted, the coach uses an ethical decision-making model to help guide decisions.
  4. Understands that a violation of the CCNI code of ethics is subject to review by the CCNI Ethics Review Board.