About 15 years ago, I was sitting in a small room at my church, with about 10 other people, getting trained in an inner healing type ministry. Part of the training wasn’t just learning the material to walk others through the program, but to actually walk through the program ourselves (See what they did there?) This ministry walked people through breaking curses over their lives, releasing unrealistic vows they had made and were now enslaved to, and forgiving those who had hurt them, among many other things. To be a part of this ministry meant I regularly relied on the HS to lead and guide me, initially through my own inner healing, but shortly after, leading others through theirs.
I soon found myself overwhelmed with the power of the HS in my life. I could sit with someone for just a moment and know what God was doing in their lives and strongholds that needed to be broken. To explain it to someone without Christ, they might think I had super powers, and that’s truly what it felt like in the moment. When someone was stuck on what to share, the Lord would give me words that would open their eyes to truth needed to set them free. For the first time in my life, I felt completely in sync with the Lord.
And then life happened. We moved far away to a city without family and had a toddler in the house. I also started an in-home daycare, and with 5-6 extra little ones coming and going day to day, I began to problem solve on my own rather than seeking the Lord. As I began to spend more and more time jumping into action, I got worse and worse at hearing the Lord’s voice.
The same can happen in our coaching. When we become distracted or lazy in our spiritual walk, we begin to lose the primary thing that separates us from a secular coach – the movement of the Holy Spirit. Being a Christian coach doesn’t mean we’re bringing our religion into the coaching conversation, it means we acknowledge there is a higher power at work in people’s lives, whether the client acknowledges them or not. We believe the client will benefit when we can listen at the deeper level and let the HS guide us (and our clients if they’re listening) to help our clients move forward.
Just like becoming a master coach requires practicing your coaching skills, becoming in tune with the Lord requires practicing your spiritual skills – listening, praying, reading, worshiping. These things together are what makes a master Christian coach, honing the professional skills of coaching and the spiritual skills of being a Christian.“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” (Prov 2:1-3 ESV)
Jenny Karr, CPLC
About the Author:
Jenny has been a fundraising coach with Tailored Fundraising Solutions for the last five years serving people in ministry – whether that be individual missionaries or non-profit leaders looking to fund the ministries God has given them.
Jenny and her family served as missionaries in SE Asia from 2012-2014 where she got an up close look at the danger of missionaries being left to fend for themselves.
Her mission is to train, equip, and support people in ministry and she has a particular passion for working with people in transition or those starting or growing their business.
Jenny has volunteered on the CCNI Board since October 2017 and currently serves at President.
Outside of work, Jenny enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband and teenage daughter in their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.