Positive Psychology in Christian Coaching

Monthly Focus for October 2022

Coaching can find a lot of overlap with other fields.  One of the areas I’ve found the most interplay and overlap with coaching is the field of positive psychology.

Positive psychology is the scientific investigation of human flourishing.  Not only does positive psychology overlap with coaching, but the field also reveals tremendous congruence between science and scripture.

In this month’s CAM Community of Coaches webinar, John Campbell will join us to share what positive psychology can teach us and what we need to watch out for as Christian coaches.  John is the Founding Director of Growth Coaching International, an Australia-based organization that provides coaching and coaching services to school leaders and teachers across Australia and now in NZ, the UK, the Middle East, Spain and Central and South America.

Join us for what I think will be an informative and stimulating conversations.  The webinar is Tuesday, October 11 @ 4pm EDT – note the time is different than usual in order to accommodate John’s Australian location.

Starting a Coaching Movement

Monthly Focus for September 2022

Different people take different paths on their coaching journey.  Some pick up a few skills.  Others transition the way they lead and relate.  Still others become coaches – professionally and vocationally. And a few seek to take coaching much further – to start a coaching movement in their circle of influence.

This month’s CAM Community of Coaches webinar will include the basics of a coaching network. We will examine what a coaching network could look like in each of the four types of coaching: life, business, ministry, and mission. We will look at what type of outcome a network could provide and how to create a desire for that outcome. A coaching network is a great way to connect clients to coaches.

The webinar is Thursday, September 8 at 11:00 AM (Eastern Time). I hope you can make it, and if you can’t, you can find the recording right here on the member website!

Using Strengths in Coaching

Monthly Focus for August 2022

One of the most important developments within business and ministry in the past twenty years is the strengths movement pioneered by the folks at Gallup.  In the early 2000’s, their team interviewed thousands of managers and leaders to find out what positive contributions people made at work.  In simple terms, they were looking for what people are good at that is actually helpful.  They found 34 distinct “talent themes.”  When one of these talent themes is combined with skill and knowledge, a person has a strength.  And if you want to get great results, utilize your strengths instead of investing too much energy trying to improve your natural weaknesses.

In the world of coaching, the strengths movement has far-reaching implications.  Each coach has strengths they can leverage in their practice – be it client-facing or business development.  And, of course, coaches can support their clients in identifying and using their strengths to get better results and more satisfaction.

This month in the CAM Community of Coaches, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Travis Guse, PCC, who is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.  Travis is also a ministry leader within the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and he has over a decade of experience combining strengths, coaching, leadership, and ministry.  He will be our guest for our monthly webinar, which is Thursday, August 11 @ 11AM (Eastern Time).  I hope you can join me and Travis for a rich conversation and time of learning about the intersection of coaching and strengths.  See you then!