A PASTOR'S LIFE COACH:
I served as a pastor in a large denomination for a number of years. I am well aware of the stress and challenges minsters face. Unfortunately, in many cases, pastors have no one they can talk to in confidence to help them stay on course ... and, as a result, several find themselves at the "End of Their Rope" - so to speak.
I hold a Masters Degree in Christian Counselling and have, for a number of years, operated my own private practice as a "Board Certified Christian Counselor". NOW, as a "Certified Professional Life Coach", I assist pastors in their career by avoiding the typical "pitfalls" and helping them move forward making positive and healthy choices.
My focus is not so much on programs or techniques on how to grow a great church ... though that may come under consideration. Neither is my focus on the "outward" man or "performance" of the minister ... while that may be a factor we look at. My PRIMARY CONCERN is that of the PERSON the pastor IS and the role that they have been called to fill.
There are pitfalls and dangers which ministers face that are unique to their profession. Life Coaching explores those areas ... helps a pastor avoid or navigate through them ... while moving forward and making positive choices.
Many times congregations & churches do not want to think of their pastor as a person dealing with personal struggles in his own life ... and THAT puts the pastor in a "Glass House" which is a difficult place to live ... a standard that is nearly impossible to maintain ... an expectation which in unhuman. THAT IS WHY I believe that EVERY MINISTER would benefit from spending time with a "Professional Christian Life Coach". NOT a "Counselor" where he or his church might feel he is getting "therapy" ... BUT ... a "Life Coach" ... particularly a Life Coach who, like myself, has served as a "Board Certified Christian Counselor". This eliminates the unfortunate "stigma" which many times he would deal with from the church and peers ... while helping him with positive goal setting and dealing with any other "life issues" we may want to discuss.
This can be done in person BUT is usualy conducted by phone or over Skype making it convenient and confidential for the pastor which is extremely important. I work on a sliding scale making it affordable to all ministers.
I can be contacted at 260-553-6192 or by email at OnesimusConnection@yahoo.com
Rev Bill Nichols, BCCC, MRACC, CAMP & "Certified Professional Life Coach"