Professional Christian Coaching Today

Welcome to Professional Christian Coaching Today with Chris McCluskey and Kim Avery, a weekly podcast dedicated to informing, inspiring, and equipping Christians in the art and science of professional-grade Christian coaching. Along with cutting-edge content, you'll hear great interviews with guests such as Dan Miller, Michael Hyatt, Dr. Gary Collins, Kary Oberbrunner, Dr. Marilee Adams, Dr. Richard Swenson, C.J. Hayden and more. Our goal is to raise the standard in coaching and change the world.
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May 30, 2023

In today's episode, we're delving into the world of coaching tools and the value they bring to the coaching process. As coaches, we bring the essential core competencies of questioning, curiosity, and reflection to each coaching session. However, we also have the opportunity to harness the power of various tools that can greatly support our clients in exploring their thoughts, achieving clarity, and taking actionable steps.


Teresa McCloy, ACC, is our guest today as we explore the topic of coaching tools. Together, we'll cover the following key points:

  • The value of incorporating additional tools into your coaching practice.

  • Effective methods for creating and developing coaching tools.

  • Discovering helpful resources to aid in the creation of coaching tools.

  • And much more!


Get ready to expand your coaching toolkit and unlock new possibilities in your practice. 

About Teresa McCloy, ACC

Teresa McCloy is an ACC Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and the creator and founder of the REALIFE Process®, which helps others grow personally and professional to DO WHAT MATTERS and Live Life from Rest Not Rush. She is the author of a new book that released in the fall by that title Do What matters live from Rest not Rush. 


Her business not only offers coaching services but certifies other to use her content, assessments and process in the work they are doing as coaches, speakers, and organizational leaders. Teresa lives on their family grain farm, enjoying a great cup of coffee with a friend, and traveling as much as possible. 


Connect with Teresa and enjoy your free resources at: 


May 23, 2023

The integration of creative arts into coaching offers a powerful and dynamic approach to personal and professional growth. By leveraging non-verbal expression, stimulating imagination, exploring metaphors and symbolism, embracing the whole self, and fostering playfulness, coaches can unlock new avenues for a client’s self-discovery and transformation. 

In this episode, Mark Ross joins us as explore the possibilities that arise when coaches integrate painting, writing, music, or movement into the coaching conversation. 

About Mark Ross, MBA, ACC

After a 30-year career in leadership and public service, Mark longed to start a new chapter.
He ultimately worked with a coach to help determine his Next Thing. Now he helps others
discover their Next Thing as they move into a new season as an Encore-preneur: enjoying
the freedom to pursue the life, work and relationships that matter most. In addition to private
clients who are navigating transitions, Mark also serves as a Team Host with the Rock
Retirement Club and as a Strategic Coach with The REALIFE Process.

Mark lives in Texas with his wife, and is the proud father of two grown daughters. One of his
deepest joys is to create art; “visual music to inspire the world” through expressionistic
paintings, which is an important part of his Next Thing.

You can learn more about Mark and contact him at: 

May 16, 2023

Join us for an exciting episode as we delve into the Navigators Coaching ministry, where coaching is being integrated into all aspects of their global mission. In this episode, we bring you an update on the remarkable growth of coaching within The Navigators, both nationally and internationally. Additionally, we share details about the highly anticipated Coach Camp 2023, a transformative event for igniting coaching skills and fostering personal growth.


Don’t miss these key takeaways:


Impact of Coaching on Disciple-Making Ministry:

Discover how coaching has made a significant impact on The Navigators' disciple-making ministry. Hear inspiring stories of individuals who have experienced transformation, gained clarity, and overcome obstacles through the guidance and support provided by coaching.


Connecting with Younger Generations:

Explore how The Navigators effectively uses coaching to connect with younger generations. Learn how coaching, with its culturally relevant and creative approach, empowers young individuals to take ownership of their personal growth and navigate the challenges they face.


Internal Shifts and Organizational Integration:

Uncover the internal shifts that The Navigators have experienced through the integration of coaching. Hear how staff members are actively seeking coaching, recognizing its potential to enhance their leadership skills and effectiveness in disciple making. Discover specific ways coaching is being utilized within the organization, such as 360 Reviews, Leader Development Programs, and supporting transitions.


Learn more and sign up for Coach Camp 2023 here:


About Aimee Hodges

Aimee Hodges is founder and President of Hodges Leadership Coaching, a coaching business focused on helping leaders lead with courage and compassion. She is a Professional Certified Coach with a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership. She serves as the Chief of Staff for The Navigators’ Training, Development and Care department.


She is committed to coming alongside leaders as they lead through the dynamics of diversity among their teams. She encourages leaders to work towards creating environments and systems that reflect equity, justice and inclusion. She is passionate about leaders leading out of who they are.


Aimee is a Colorado native but has lived in Atlanta since 2014. She enjoys living in the city and being able to go home to the mountains in Colorado!


About Sean McKelvey

Sean McKelvey serves as the Director of Navigators Life and Leadership Coaching and is also the President and Founder of New Culture Coaching, LLC. He’s been in ministry for 17 years and loves to develop the next generation of Leaders to live and lead like Jesus. Sean has been married for 16 years to his wife Andrea and they have two children, Nayelli and Caelan. He loves to cycle, run, play soccer, and go on hikes with his family.


Sean has received certification as a PCC, CPLC, Navigators Life and Leadership Coach, a top 5 Strengths Coach, and Prepare and Enrich Marriage Coaching. Sean is also a graduate of California State University of Long Beach.

May 9, 2023

Life can be complicated and overwhelming at times, leaving us searching for solutions that are equally complex and well-thought-out. But sometimes, all it takes is one quick tip, simple recommendation, or inexpensive tool to make a big difference. That's why we're excited to kick off our new quarterly series, "A Few of Our Favorite Things," with seven treasures that are informing, inspiring, and impacting us.

Join us for our first episode, where we'll discuss a variety of topics, including...
A four-fold reflection practice that will improve your coaching and your life
How informally coaching your kids can make a generational difference
A one-stop shop writing tool that simplifies and organizes all your thoughts
Kim’s favorite coffee mug and how it helps her slow down and lean in when coaching
And much more

Links to tools and products mentioned in this episode:

Scrivener Writing Tool:
Ember Coffee Mug: Ember Coffee Mug
Eaton Leather Books: Easton Press
IncYouBetter Instagram: IncYouBetter

May 2, 2023

It’s time for the fourth annual International Christian Coaching Day (ICCD) which takes place on Friday, May 12th, 2023. ICCD is a day where we gather as a community to celebrate and a unique way to spread the word about the power of Christian coaching. 

Over the past three years, the world has undergone significant changes, but thankfully the need for professional coaching has only increased. In fact, clients are experiencing tremendous success in their personal and professional lives.

To showcase some of these successes, this episode highlights four current client success stories and the principles their coaches used to help them. 

We also want to invite you to join us on Monday, May 22nd for a Virtual Meet Up where you can connect with an experienced panel of Christian coaches as they share inspiring stories about the impact coaching is having on their clients.

Get your free ICCD resources and sign up for the May 22nd Virtual Meet Up at

Connect with Jordan Mercedes at: 
Connect with Emily Eichstadt at: 

Apr 25, 2023

Young women with unplanned pregnancies often experience incredible stress during this time of unexpected change. Operating from a state of panic and self-protection, it can be challenging for them to think creatively and consider what they truly want for themselves and their babies. 

Coaching can help. In this episode, you’ll hear part of Chris McCluskey’s opening talk at a recent Banquet for Life event, where he shared encouraging updates, such as:

  • How coaching creates a space for women to think calmly, and creatively, and make informed decisions
  • Real-life examples of the impact coaching have had on young women in the Rolla, MO area
  • The dramatic statistics showing the effectiveness of Options Coaching
  • The power of coaching in supporting young women with unplanned pregnancies and helping them create the life they truly want.
Apr 18, 2023

Raising the standard of coaching, it’s not just a slogan, it’s a way of life. And if you’re a professional grade Christian coach or thinking of becoming one, you want to be the best you can be. For most of us, that includes receiving mentor coaching and coaching supervision. Join us today as we explore how these practices can help you enhance your skills and support your clients. 


Tune in to learn:

  • The definition of mentor coaching and how it is used to increase a coach's capability in coaching, in alignment with the ICF Core Competencies

  • The experience of mentor coaching, whether in a group or individual setting

  • What to expect from mentor coaching, including skills development, identifying a recording for a credential application, and discovering and developing your unique coaching style

  • How to choose a mentor coach based on fit, learning style, and feedback preferences

  • Who can be a mentor coach, their responsibilities, and the mentor coach requirements

  • The benefits of having an ongoing relationship with a mentor coach

  • The definition of coach supervision, how it differs from mentor coaching, and its importance in developing a coach's capacity


About Cindy Schmelzenbach

Cindy is an ICF Professional Certified Coach, a Gallup-Certified Strengths® Coach, and a Conversational Intelligence® Practitioner.  She also has a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling and serves on faculty at PCCI. Cindy and her husband have lived and served internationally in multi-cultural leadership roles for 27 years and she has a passion for coaching those who live and work in inter-cultural and inter-generational environments.  She is a registered ICF Mentor Coach and her current practice includes Life Coaching, Strengths® Coaching, Team or Group Coaching, and Coaching Supervision.

Connect with Cindy at:

Apr 11, 2023

Joining us in our "How I Became a Coach" series is Dale Young, PCC, who comes from a diverse background in IT work, corporate management, and co-founding a tech company. However, despite his success, Dale still felt like he had a "job" instead of a career he loved. This awareness was the first step in Dale's journey towards becoming a professional coach.

Though the transition into coaching wasn't always smooth, Dale persevered through health problems, financial difficulties, and an unwanted divorce. Today, Dale is thrilled to have found the career he loves. 

Tune in to this candid conversation as Dale shares his experiences and insights, offering you encouragement, wisdom, and godly inspiration. 

About Dale Young

Dale is an ICF Professional Certified Coach, WeAlign Executive Coach, Gallup Strengths Coach, and helps Christian entrepreneurs and business owners find and follow their calling. He uses the CliftonStrengths assessment and his own Calling Framework to help them Tame their Chaos, Focus their Clarity, and Pursue their Calling.

Dale is a co-author in Next Level Your Life, which was released in January 2023 and achieved #1 bestseller status in 31 categories on Amazon, 10 of them International. Dale is also a speaker with real-life stories from his multiple-decade career in I.T. and leadership. He’s known for his out-of-the-box thinking, and his ability to connect with people from all walks of life. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dale is married to his new bride Kayla for 2 years and lives in the country west of Fort Worth, Texas. When he’s not coaching or learning something new, they enjoy traveling, Christian concerts, and serving at Solid Rock Church.

Connect with Dale:
For a free download of Dale’s story in Next Level Your Life plus the Calling Framework, go to

Apr 4, 2023

As coaches, it's easy to get caught up in helping others and neglect our own spiritual health. However, we cannot pour into others from an empty cup. To be effective coaches, we must prioritize our own soul care and cultivate a deep connection with God.


In this second episode of our “Soul Care for Coaches” series, we focus on “seasons of serving.” Just as a vinedresser carefully tends to the grapevines, God lovingly tends to us in different ways during different seasons.  Tune in as we explore the value of looking at our work and ministry lives from a “seasonal” perspective and the ways we can best cooperate with God during each vital season.


Learn more about the upcoming Soul Flourishing Group at

Mar 28, 2023

Today, we are unpacking ICF Competency #7: Evokes Awareness. When we show up in coach mode, our primary purpose is to enable a client to draw forth things that are already in them, evoking awareness of the things God has already placed within them. Each part of this new competency will help you be a better coach when applied to your practice.

Listen in to learn:

  • The full definition of ICF Competency #7 and how you can use related tools to facilitate client insight and learning.

  • How to make a smooth transition from the “being” part of coaching to the “doing” piece so you can get to the core of coaching.

  • Strategies that will help you show up in a curious manner that calls forth things your clients may have forgotten or perhaps were never aware of before.

  • Bring a coach approach to your questions and style of communication so that each session is impactful for your clients.


About Erica Vinson

Erica Vinson, M.S.Ed., is the Dean of Academics for Professional Christian Coaching Institute. She serves as a part of the PCCI Core Leadership Team and oversees Class Implementation, as well as working in tandem with the Provost to oversight Curricula and Credentialing. Erica serves as the main contact and support to the PCCI Faculty.

Erica is a CPLC and ACC Credentialed Coach, founder of Fear < less Living™, and the Director of the REALIFE Facilitator Network. She is a certified ©iEnneagram Motions of the Soul Practitioner and has a certificate in Spiritual Transformation through the Transforming Center.

Erica served several years as an Elementary Education teacher in a public school system and also in full time ministry as a Family Minster and Creative Arts/Communication Minister. As a Life Coach, Erica uses the tool of the Enneagram to help clients gain deeper self-awareness and grow in relationships with others both personally and professionally. With her teacher’s heart, she loves serving educators to expand their impact as they serve on teams, empower their students, and partner with parents. Erica also has a passion to see folks courageously face their fears and move forward in greater freedom through “fear < less” living!

She lives in South Central Illinois and loves playing golf, waterskiing, traveling, spending time with friends and family and is especially fond of being an Auntie to her nieces and nephew.

You can connect with Erica at, where you can find her free gift called “Evoking Awareness through the Three Centers of Intelligence.”


Mar 21, 2023

Everyone, everywhere, gets stuck sometimes, and getting unstuck is one of our clients most frequent requests. In todays podcast, our guest Kim Anderson shares tremendous insights on the most common lies our clients tell themselves, the hidden mindsets that trip them up, and best of all, how to deal with the underlying causes at the root of each one. 

Tune in to learn how to help your clients move past: 

  • Perfectionism 

  • Comparison 

  • People-pleasing 

  • Negative self-talk 

  • Boundaries, and more 

About Kim Anderson 

Kim Anderson is a board-certified licensed therapist, certified life coach, speaker and team builder. She is also co-host of the iTunes Podcast Coming Unglued, which provides skills and tools for women to become unstuck and live free. Kim works with clients, helping them overcome limiting beliefs that keep them stuck, or worse, anxious, depressed and hopeless. She also leads retreats and corporate team-building events that help individuals and teams identify the best ways to work together toward a common goal. She is passionate about walking with others and providing them skills and tools to live their best lives. As a former military wife, and mother of two teenagers, Kim and her husband, Dave, live in the Nashville area. 

You can find out more about Kim atwww.kimanderson.lifeand listen to her podcast 

Mar 14, 2023

Have you ever wished you had a map to guide you through a coaching conversation? A one-sheet snapshot capturing the delicate coaching dance that leads to such powerful results? Now you do! The Professional Christian Coaching Institute has developed a visual schematic of the coaching process, and today we are going to share it with you.

Tune in to:

  • Explore the map that helps coaches navigate all of the ICF’s 8 Core Competencies.

  • Learn the 3 specific phases that help clients and coaches close the gaps.

  • Understand more about the collaborative process that helps clients get clear, make progress, and commit to effective action.

Download and print The Coaching Process at:

About Gary Wood

Gary Wood, PCC, CMCC, BCC has decades of experience and expertise in business, non-profit and ministry environments. Over that time he has played a respected role in training, developing and building into the lives of hundreds of leaders who make significant contributions worldwide.

Since 1998, through his professional coaching firm, G.E. Wood & Associates, Gary has worked with an international clientele of executives, leaders and professionals across a broad range of personal, professional and organizational concerns.

He is frequently retained to help individuals deal with burnout and by corporate, government, small business, nonprofit and ministry leaders to get clarity and find solutions to problems that are impacting progress on causes, projects and programs of importance.

Gary was the past President and Director of Christian Coaches Network International, a support and credentialing organization for professional Christian coaches, many of whom were trained at PCCI.

Gary is a designated Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation, a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education, and a Certified Master Christian Coach through Christian Coaches Network.

Connect with Gary and get your free copy of Balance Not Burnout at

About Andrew Gorter

Andrew Gorter, D.Min., PCC is the owner of Plus One Coaching, LLC and has more than 25 years experience working with people to help them clarify what’s next for themselves and to take action to fulfill their calling and achieve their goals.

He is a trained and licensed as a Marriage and Family therapist and has practiced family therapy through a non-profit counseling practice he established in 2002. He is an expert in healthy interpersonal communication, and since establishing Plus One Coaching, LLC he has brought together his passion for coaching and his expertise in family therapy to establish a niche coaching family business leaders.

Throughout his career Andrew has endeavored to lead and serve people and organizations as they face necessary challenges to move forward and to do that in healthy creative ways. From his early career in pastoral ministry to his development of a non-profit counseling ministry and, most recently, Plus One Coaching, Andrew has gained a wealth of experience joining with people to solve problems.

Andrew and his wife, Karen, live in Holland, MI, near the beaches of Lake Michigan. They have two married daughters and three grandsons. He enjoys hiking, watercolor painting, reading and woodworking. He and Karen love just hanging out, especially in beach chairs with their toes in the sand.

Connect with Andrew and pick up your copy of Reflections for Coaches

Mar 7, 2023

Welcome to "Opening the Mailbox," where we'll be answering four insightful questions from our listeners. From ethical dilemmas to incorporating art into coaching, we're excited to share our thoughts on a range of topics.


Question 1: Is it ethical to coach friends or family members, and how can you structure that in a way that honors both relationships?


As a coach, you may find yourself wanting to help those closest to you. We'll discuss the ethical considerations of coaching friends and family, and provide tips on how to maintain healthy boundaries while still providing support.


Question 2: How can art be incorporated into coaching?


Art can be a powerful tool in coaching sessions, allowing clients to explore their emotions and express themselves in new ways. We'll discuss different ways to incorporate art into your coaching practice and share some examples of how it can be effective.


Question 3: Would Professional Christian Coach training be of benefit even if you don’t plan to coach full-time?


Even if you're not planning on becoming a full-time coach, pursuing Professional Christian Coach training can still be beneficial. We'll discuss the advantages of this training and how it can enhance your personal and professional growth.


Question 4: What are some ways to take a business trip in a vacation-type location?


Taking a business trip in a beautiful location may seem like a dream, but there are important considerations to keep in mind. We'll share tips and tricks for small business owners to make the most of their business trips while still enjoying the location.

Feb 28, 2023

Discover how Focus on the Family's Counseling Services Department aligned their vision with the parent organization's goals while carving out their unique purpose. Geremy Keeton, the Counseling Services Senior Director, walks us through the process of crafting values, vision, and purpose statements for their department.

 In this episode, you'll learn:


How to articulate your core values as a team

  1. When to lead from the front and when to empower others as a team leader
  2. The power of letting the Holy Spirit guide your process
  3. How cultivating values, vision, and purpose statements can prevent mission-drift in your organization.


Join us to gain insights on creating powerful statements that can inspire and motivate your team, while also aligning with your organization's mission and goals.


About Geremy Keeton
Geremy Keeton is the senior director of the counseling services department of Focus on the Family and a licensed marriage and family therapist. He leads Focus’ team of mental health clinicians and pastoral specialists as they serve as safe and trusted guides on a wide range of family-related issues.

You can reach out to the Focus on the Family’s Counseling Services Department at 1-800-A-FAMILY or

Feb 21, 2023

Are you eager to reduce stress, increase productivity, improve focus, and enhance your creativity? Join us to learn how personal order can set you and your clients up for future success.


Don’t miss:

  • Practical tips and insights on how to develop and maintain personal order 

  • The latest neuroscience research on the benefits of ordering your life

  • Ways to coach your clients in this area without giving them advice

  • Our free tool that will equip you to coach your clients around aligning their lives with their deepest values


Get your FREE copy of the “Align Your Life: A Quick Check-up with God” inventory here:

Sign up for the FREE Refresh & Renew Virtual Mini-Retreat here:


Feb 14, 2023

Join us for a thought-provoking conversation on spiritual maturity and finishing well, a critical aspect of life for Christians and Christian coaches. Our guest, Bryan Brown, MCC, a Global Outreach Pastor and experienced executive and leadership coach, will provide insights on how to deepen our understanding of God's purpose for our lives, how to align our thoughts, actions, and decisions with His will, and ways to increase our intimacy with Christ.

Join us as we explore:

A comprehensive definition of spiritual maturity
The reasons why some Christian leaders struggle to stay the course
The six essential traits of individuals who finish well
The coach-approach to aid clients in their spiritual growth

About Bryan Brown

Bryan Brown, MCC , loves helping leaders embrace their identity and calling, then live and lead as a follower of Christ.  Bryan is the Global Outreach pastor at Perimeter church located in the northern suburbs of Atlanta.  In addition to his role at Perimeter, Bryan enjoys being an executive and leadership coach where he works with leaders and churches around the world in areas of spiritual formation, leadership development, and healthy team dynamics.  

Bryan lives in Johns Creek, GA together with Jackie, his wife of 30 years.  They have three children and one very energetic golden retriever. 

Bryan has a passion and track record for developing leaders so that they can effectively influence others for a lifetime.  For more information on Bryan and his private coaching practice visit


Feb 7, 2023

As Christian coaches we spend a lot of our time asking genuinely curious, open-ended, and exploratory questions so that our clients can wrestle and discover the answers that only they can find. Yet, most of us are not naturally comfortable sitting in question, but instead, prefer rushing to an answer. Today, Nancy Lopez, PCC, shares her own journey to becoming comfortable in questions.

Tune in to hear:
Why questioning is more than a skill, it’s a mindset
The importance of coaching the person, not the problem
How breathing can help center you in the moment
Ways to deepen your comfort level with questions

About Nancy D. Lopez, PCC

Nancy is a former C-Level executive with a diverse background in Human Resources. She is a Certified Professional Leadership, Life and Career Management Coach and carries the ICF Professional Certified Coach designation (PCC).

Nancy’s demonstrated impact around leadership and career development with corporate professionals has led her to specialize her practice, NDL Leadership, LLC as a professional leadership and career transition coach and consultant. She works with emerging leaders to executive levels and has the reputation as a trusted partner who is approachable and
credible. She’s also enjoys teaching and is on faculty with the Professional Christian Coaching Institute. Nancy helps leaders catch their breath so they can navigate with clarity the challenges they face. 

A native Floridian and graduate of both Stetson University (BBA) and Penn State University (MSBA), Nancy resides in the Greater Rochester, NY area with her husband, Wayne and their two children, Nathan and Catherine. Nancy has a passion for immersing herself in God’s creation through travel, long walks, bird watching, sunrises, sunsets, good food, great
espresso, and savoring moments with her family and friends. 

You can learn more about Nancy at and LinkedIn or contact at

Jan 31, 2023

Whether you are a leader or a leadership coach, this episode has something for you. Join us as Pamela Mertz, PCC , transparently shares how God led her into this field and some of the key lessons she has learned.

Tune in to hear:
Why listening is the language of love
The difference between listening and hearing
A level of listening that only Christians can bring
How powerful questions come from powerful listening

About Pamela Mertz, PCC
Pamela Mertz, CPLC, PCC is the President and Founder of BluePrint Life Coaching, LLC. She brings over 35 years of experience as a business owner and strategist in the high-tech electronics industry and earned her coach certification during her transition into the coaching field. She is trained by PCCI and Dartmouth Institute Microsystems Academy as a certified Quality Improvement Coach for healthcare and is also a certified Strengths Finders Coach.

Pamela is an active member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and Christian Coaching Network (CCN) and sits on the Board of Directors of Promised Land Living, a nonprofit, national ministry. She also has served in various leadership roles in other for profit and nonprofit sectors which has brought her much experience and national networking, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She has lead women’s ministry for over 20 years in her local church and is a licensed pastor in the state of Minnesota. Her passions are studying the Word of God, sharing what God is actively doing in her life, coaching those looking for insight into the “more” and “next” that God has for them. Her many faceted experiences in life have given her depth and discernment, and most of all, deep intimacy with Father God. Her belief that coaching is the fastest way to move forward aligns perfectly with her gifting to encourage and equip others.

She is the mother of 3 grown sons and lives with her husband in Minnesota.

Connect with Pamela Mertz at 

Jan 24, 2023

Team coaching is one of the fastest-growing disciplines in our profession and an area that the ICF is now offering advanced certification in. Why? Team coaching helps teams establish an inspiring vision, align around a common purpose, create healthy relationships, reach their goals, and so much more.

Our guest today, Helen Mitchell, helps answer such important questions as:
How does team coaching differ from coaching an individual or group?
What are some of the challenges or complexities in coaching and working with a team?
What role does the team leader play in this type of coaching, and what happens when the leader seems to be a part of the problem?
Why do organizations hire coaches to work with their teams?

About Helen M. Mitchell 

Helen Mitchell started her business career with AT&T becoming an Area Vice President at the age of 30 with Lucent Technologies. Known for turning around organizations, she was promoted six times in eight years. As a licensed pastor, she was the architect and visionary of the Saddleback@Work ministry at Saddleback Church.
Today, she is an ethics, leadership, and strategy professor in the Crowell School of Business at Biola University. As the Director of the Talbot Center for Faith, Work & Economics at the Talbot School of Theology, she works with churches and pastors on faith and work integration.  Helen is also a certified leadership and strategy coach, consultant, speaker, author, a faculty member for Professional Christian Coaching Institute, and oversees the leader learning initiative for Convene Corporation.
Helen holds a master’s in organizational leadership from Biola University, and a master’s in biblical and Theological Studies from the Talbot School of Theology, at Biola University.  She also attended the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University.

Connect with Helen at:

Jan 17, 2023

Group coaching creates a powerful and supportive environment where participants can learn from one another, gain new perspectives, and achieve their goals more quickly and effectively than they would be able to on their own. But for the group coaching to have truly lasting impact, the role of a coach is critical.


In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The five pillars of a remarkable group coaching session
  • How to keep the focus on the client’s agenda
  • Ways to build trust in a group of unrelated people
  • The one essential ingredient the coach should bring even before the session begins


About Jordan Mercedes:


Jordan Mercedes is the founder of Jordan Mercedes, LLC Coach Training for Mission Inspired Coaches & Leaders and the Dean of Community Life at PCCI. She knows that every leader has a vision, sometimes they need a little help & support to get there! Jordan believes the power and impact of coaching can change a company, a city or even a nation. She enjoys helping leaders and coaches use coaching skills to move their people, projects and missions forward.


She is the creator of Leaders Coach Forward training for C-Level leaders. Jordan is a program developer who often helps her clients create progressive workshops & live events for the demographic they serve. She is the author of two 30-hour curricula approved by the ICF for entry level coach training & development.


In her dedication to support women in their personal/professional growth and development she speaks for various organizations and churches. She’s known for her fun and inspiring presentations such as The Flight Plan, Love in the Workplace and Greet the Gift.


Jordan comes from a family of ministers and was herself ordained in 2014 by Servant Ministries. She is a life-long student of coaching and believes a great instructor never stops being a dedicated student. She’s an accomplished glass artist and will tell you that she has the best family, friends and clients in the world. She is the President of 31 Crowns Unusual Leadership Development.


Learn more about Joran and the “Brave Coaching Mastermind” group at:

Jan 10, 2023

It's easy to get discouraged when we're faced with challenges or setbacks in our journey. To start to question our abilities or wonder if we're on the right path. In today’s episode, you’ll be encouraged to hear the story of how a single mom, battling a chronic illness, persevered and became a professional coach.


Tune in to learn lessons for your own journey, such as:

  • How to trust God in the hard decisions
  • Using multiple sources of income to ease your transition
  • Why hiring your own coach provides clarity
  • Ways that ICF approved training can set you up for success

About Linda Hedberg


As a life and leadership coach, Linda Hedberg helps those asking “What’s next for

me?” discover and activate greater purposes in their lives. She is a coach, writer and

speaker with an unwavering belief that we are all created for greater purposes and she

wants to see those purposes activated in everyone!


In addition to working with coaching clients, Linda is a coach educator to life and

leadership coaches, on faculty with Professional Christian Coaching Institute. She serves

as a mentor coach to new coaches pursuing their professional (ICF) credentials and

has helped hundreds of aspiring Christian coaches consider their training options since

2009, through her book The Complete Guide to Christian Coach Training.


Linda's most treasured role is mom to her young adult son. They both agree that one of

the best ways to rest and recharge is an annual trip to Grand Marais, Minnesota, on the

North Shore of Lake Superior.


Get you free copy of The Complete Guide of Christian Coach Training at

Jan 3, 2023

As coaches, we are often focused on helping others, but it is important to remember that we also need to take care of ourselves. In this episode, we will explore the concept of soul care and discuss how it can help Christian coaches avoid burnout and maintain a healthy balance in their personal and professional lives. 

Tune in to learn:

  • 11 warning signs that you’re headed towards burnout
  • How a daily “soul care” check-up can make a big difference
  • A simple practice to help you feel closer to God

Get your FREE copy of Practice the Presence of God: 50+ Ways to Enjoy God All Day here:

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