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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Aug 2, 2022

A great marriage involves teamwork, and a great marriage coach helps couples become a winning team. Tune in today to learn how to work with couples on assessing their current relationship, identifying and acquiring important communication skills, and creating a compelling vision for the road ahead.

Learn more about the Pre-Marital and Marriage Coaching class that begins August 17, 2022 here: Pre-Marital and Marriage Coaching.

About Rudy and Wilmer Graham

Rudy Graham is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and Managing Partner of Fruitful Journey Coaching. He brings over 38 years of experience as a Corporate Sales Professional in the technology industry. He coaches and trains individuals and teams pursuing performance growth in government and commercial organizations.

Wilmer holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and she is a Certified Public Accountant. She earned credentials in Executive Leadership and is a Senior Excellence in Government leader.

Rudy and Wilmer have been married just celebrated 39 years of marriage and enjoying coaching marriages and teaching Pre-Marital and Marriage Coaching together at PCCI.

You can learn more about Rudy and Wilmer Graham at:


Jul 26, 2022

Internal coaching is growing, and it’s helping companies and ministries build strong leaders and loyal employees. Research shows that coaching increases workplace engagement, improves performance, retains talent, and so much more. In today’s episode, Emily Eichstadt, PCC shares how she became an internal coach and some key things she’s learned.


Tune in to hear:

  • How Emily became an internal coach

  • Basic systems she set up for success

  • Creating coaching agreements to ensure confidentiality

  • Getting employee buy-in so that clients are eager to come


About Emily Eichstadt

Emily Eichstadt is a Professional Certified Coach who loves people and is energized when she sees individuals, organizations, and communities thriving. She serves on staff at PCCI, is an internal coach, and has a successful private coaching practice. On a personal note, Emily has been married to her college sweetheart, Chad, for 24 years, and they are raising two teenage daughters.

Get Emily’s “Welcome to Coaching” email or connect with Emily at

Jul 19, 2022

Imagine how excited your clients would be if you helped them add an extra eight hours of productivity to each month. What if your clients also experienced a greater quality of life and exponentially improved their employee’s engagement? These are the kinds of proven results people get when they know and use their strengths.


Join us today to learn:

  • The four domains of strengths-based leadership and teamwork

  • The four needs of followers and how knowing this will help you be a better leader

  • Practical team building exercises 

  • Biblical examples of strengths-based leadership

Learn more about the Strengths Based Coaching Class here:

About Brent O’Bannon


Brent struggled to find the right career fit, but finally landed on his feet as a human potential expert facilitating Workplace Training & Executive Coaching for leaders, teams, & organizations over two decades with his company Strengths Champion Solutions.


Brent is an ICF Master Certified Coach who has facilitated more than 27,000 coaching sessions, spoken to 500+ organizations, become an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author, is a Strengthspreneur® & global strengths champion as the world’s 1st GALLUP Certified Strengths Coach.


His top 6 strengths are: Focus, Individualization, Achiever, Command, Competition, & Woo.


He enjoys being a foodie with his college sweetheart of 38 years, being a grandfather, team tennis, and giving back to non-profits.

Connect with Brent at


Jul 12, 2022

If you’re getting tired of always looking for your next client, you’ll be delighted to learn that your best new client is the one you already have. In today’s episode, you’ll hear five key reasons why the fastest, easiest, and most profitable way to grow your coaching practice is through repeat business.

Tune in to learn why returning clients:

  • Spend more money

  • Are easier to reengage

  • Cost less to acquire

  • Promote your business for you

  • Increase profitability

See all the statistics cited today and more at:

About Nathan Kreger

Nathan Kreger currently lives in the Indianapolis area where most people think he's in the Central time zone but is really on Eastern time.

He originally grew up in Michigan, and moved down to the Indy area in 2010, so he's not a native Hoosier, doesn’t care about the Colts, and misses the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings. However, he does NOT miss telling people where he lives by pointing to a spot on his hand.

Nathan is married to Erin, his wife of over 10 years, and they have two kids: Tank (aka Tank the Turkey) and Eden (aka Chicken).

He's been consulting for 15+ years and coaching for 10+ years. He enjoy working with people – preferably with lives – and brings a wide array of talent and skill to the people he serves.

Nathan integrates various methodologies in his work, whatever serves the person in front of him best. He loves to learn and practice – lately about who we are, the nature of thought, being present, the human experience, head vs. heart, etc. He likes to learn other things too, but you can talk about that later with him if you decide to connect.

To find out more about Nathan and connect, visit his website at

Jul 5, 2022

Whether you’re an experienced coach, new to the field, or just pondering the possibilities, you’ll be encouraged and challenged by today’s interview with Todd Kemp. Although Todd is a Master's Certified Coach, his coaching career didn’t begin until an unexpected layoff led to a crisis in his career and life.


Tune in to hear how becoming a coach impacted Todd’s faith and character formation, the up and down path of entrepreneurship, and the true joy of pursuing what was most meaningful to him



About Todd Kemp:


Todd coaches leaders and teams who need to adapt to new realities, reimagine how they create value, and grow their leadership capacities – so that they, their noble missions, and families can flourish. He also serves as a coach for a Convene peer advisory group of Christian CEOs and business owners in the Denver, Colorado area. He helps these leaders to integrate their faith and leadership to build healthy companies and cultures that love well, do good work, and honor God while earning a fair profit for a purpose. Todd has earned his Master Certified Coach credential from the ICF, a Certified Professional Leadership Coach designation from PCCI, and a Team Coaching certification. He also holds an MA degree in Positive Psychology and Coaching. He and his bride live outside of Denver where they are open-nesters with two young adult children, and enjoy hiking, skiing, and building into people who want to create meaningful change in their lives.

Get your FREE copy of: 25 Extravagant Listening Tips for Leaders at


Jun 28, 2022

Now, more than ever, we need leaders who can lead in all 
directions. Leaders who can lead in ministry and in the 
marketplace, during our very volatile, uncertain, complex, 
and ambiguously changing times. Great partnerships 
between leaders and coaches are critical in making the 
world a better place.


Listen in as Kim and her guest, Jon Lockhorst, discuss a 
coach-approach to leadership, and hear how to:

• Overcome the challenges in leadership that stem from 
learned skills, habits, and behaviors, so you can 
acquire the mindset you need to lead in all directions.
• Manage the different kinds of investments that come 
with broader responsibilities in organizations, so you 
can step into leadership roles with confidence.
• Walk away with the awareness of life and leadership 
coaching skills that help equip powerful leaders so 
they can positively impact the world


About Jon Lockhorst


Jon Lokhorst, CPA, PCC, is a leadership coach, keynote 
speaker, corporate trainer, and author of the new 
book, Mission-Critical Leadership: How Smart Managers 
Lead Well in All Directions. He works with organizations to 
develop leaders everyone wants to follow, build teams no 
one wants to leave, and deliver exceptional results. Before 
launching Lokhorst Consulting LLC, Jon enjoyed a 30-plus 
year career as a CPA, CFO, and organizational leader. He 
has a Master’s in Organizational Leadership and is 
recognized by the International Coach Federation as a 
Professional Certified Coach. He also serves as adjunct 
faculty in the School of Business and Nonprofit 
Management at North Park University. Jon is a member of 
the National Speakers Association and serves as 
President-Elect of the Minnesota chapter. On a personal 
note, Jon loves grandparenting and being “Papa” to his 
four adorable littles, as he calls them.


Contact Jon and pick up a copy of Mission Critical 
Leadership here:

Jun 21, 2022

Love it or hate, the world has gone virtual. Today’s guest, Jennifer Britton, author of Reconnecting Workspaces, is here to help us navigate these ever-changing virtual waters. Tune in to learn how you and your clients can move from surviving to thriving in virtual, remote, and hybrid spaces.

She’ll help you: 

  • Discover unique pathways that allow you and your clients to have conversations that matter. 
  • Pause and ponder what’s next and what’s possible in the face of uncertainty. 
  • Move forward with adaptability so you can operate successfully in today’s highly virtual world. 


About Jennifer Britton 

Coach, author, and thought leader in the area of group and team coaching, Jennifer has also been an early pioneer in the virtual and remote space. Since the early 1990s she’s led teams and programming virtually, first in the international humanitarian sector leading teams for the UN, and later through her company, Potentials Realized, an award-winning coaching skills training company. Virtual, remote, and hybrid work is the focus of her recent TEDx talk, and her latest book series, Reconnecting Workspaces: Pathways to Thrive in the Virtual, Remote, and Hybrid World.


Most days you’ll find Jenn leading a myriad of virtual programs – from remote team coaching sessions, to virtual retreats for business owners, to group coaching programs for entrepreneurs.

She is the author of six books including Reconnecting Workspaces, along with Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010 – the world’s first book to be published on group coaching), From On to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013), Effective Virtual Conversations (2017), and PlanDoTrack Workbook and Planner for Virtual and Remote Professionals (2019). 

Jenn’s also the co-host of the Remote Pathways podcast which explores the people, places, and processes of remote work. 


She offers a number of ICF CCE-approved programs for coaches in the areas of group and team coaching and virtual conversations.


Learn more about Jennifer’s work at

Jun 14, 2022
"What should I charge?" "I feel so awkward quoting my fees," "Is it right for this to be a business or should it be a ministry instead?" Christian coaches often struggle with knowing what to charge and make a profit while still maintaining a servant's heart Money mindsets are the base of every single business decision, and today, we want to help you know how to better align your mindsets with what God says in His word

Don't miss these great resources

Free Money Mindsets Quiz to help you uncover the hidden mindsets you already have: www.MoneyMindsets 

Money Mindsets Course: An inexpensive on-demand program that will walk you through a God-honoring process to determine what's best for YOU! 

Jun 6, 2022

In this powerful episode of Opening the Mailbox, we are taking a deep dive into two important questions. First, we’ll address the changes the ICF recently made in their standards of accreditation for coach training schools. Chris will walk you through a simple, but thorough, explanation so you can be fully informed and fully prepared. Secondly, if you are new to coaching and wondering how to get the word out to family and friends, Kim will explain how to write a “grand opening” letter to announce your coaching business and you’ll get a proven, word-for-word template you can adapt and use as your own.  

Pick up your “Grand Opening Letter Template” at the link below as part of The Ultimate Christian Coaching Bundle:


May 31, 2022

Winning in sports takes more than physical conditioning and mastering a few technical skills. True success comes from the inside out. In today’s episode, Life Coach Erica Vinson shares how coaching can help athletes adopt a growth mindset to overcome their fears, reframe false beliefs, and take new actions so they can achieve better results.

Listen to learn:

  • How what we are thinking impacts what we are feeling, the actions we take, and the results we get
  • Ways that coaching young people differs from coaching adults
  • Why all three centers of intelligence must be harnessed to create transformational change
  • The importance of visioning to prewire the brain for success


About Erica Vinson:

Erica Vinson is a CPLC and ACC Credentialed Coach. She is the founder of Fear < less Living Coaching™, the Dean of Academics at PCCI and serves as the REALIFE Process® Facilitator Network Director. She 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 and coaches to expand their impact as they serve on teams, empower their students and athletes, 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 the Metro East STL area 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.

Get your free copy of Evoking Awareness through Three Centers of Intelligence at 

May 24, 2022

How I Became a Coach with Kris Kelso


This week we are giving you a rare, behind-the-scenes view of what it really takes to become a professional coach. In this candid interview with Kris Kelso, PCC, you’ll hear the ups and downs, the successes and the mistakes, Kris has experienced in his transition from owning a technology company to becoming an author, entrepreneur, and executive coach.


Tune in to learn the importance of:


  • Emphasizing mindset more than mechanics

  • Growing personally as well as professionally

  • Integrating multiple passions into a portfolio career

  • Figuring out the blend of services that’s right for you


About Kris Kelso


Kris Kelso, PCC is an entrepreneur who has founded and run multiple companies in the technology and healthcare industries. Today, he works primarily as an executive coach, a keynote speaker, and a contributing author for publications including Fast Company, Yahoo Finance, and The Nashville Business Journal.


His book, “Overcoming The Impostor: Silence Your Inner Critic and Lead with Confidence“, offers entrepreneurs and leaders a practical look at impostor syndrome, and explores that inner voice that downplays our own accomplishments while amplifying those of others.


Kris has coached and consulted with hundreds of entrepreneurs, business owners, and their leadership teams. He is a faculty member at the Professional Christian Coaching Institute, an advisor and instructor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and has served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations.


He is an active member of Cornerstone Nashville, where he serves, teaches, and coaches other leaders. He lives with his wife and three teenaged sons in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee.


Connect with Kris at

May 17, 2022
For many, entrepreneurship provides the ideal route for coaches to choose their own schedule, set their own pace, and head towards the destination of their choice. But being an entrepreneur can be more difficult than it sounds. In today’s episode, you’ll discover the core issues you need to think about when it comes to owning your own coaching business.


Tune in to learn:

  • Why there has never been a better time to become an entrepreneur

  • How a graduated approach may serve your needs

  • The benefits of keeping your day job while you build your business

  • Why mistakes shouldn’t slow you down



Paul Klein is a business consultant and entrepreneur. From his days as 1980s hair band guitarist and lifelong entrepreneur to starting and scaling a successful SAAS company to consulting for some of the biggest brands including Target, Neiman Marcus, Starbucks, Holiday Inn, and other global brands, Paul helps Consultants, Freelancers, and Solopreneurs price their services, stop undercharging in order to build 7 figure businesses. Paul is the host of the Pricing Is Positioning Podcast and The Rock Your Pricing Online Course and Community.


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May 10, 2022

Do you long to grow your impact as a Christian Coach? If so, we have exciting news for you today! The 3rd Annual International Christian Coaching Day is coming up on Friday, May 20, at the end of the ICF’s International Coaching Week. So, get ready to capitalize and benefit from new findings in the coaching industry and so many other amazing statistics. Coaching is growing!


Tune in to find out:


  • 4 great benefits you’ll receive from participating in International Christian Coaching Day, plus all the details you need to show up strong.


  • How we are advancing the field of Christian Coaching and how it’s not just for the entrepreneur anymore. Learn more about how diversified coaching has become.


  • The 2 regions where coaching is exploding globally so you can be a part of impacting lives.


This is a must-listen for anyone who’s serious about coaching as a profession!

May 3, 2022

In our always-on culture, it’s easy for coaches and their clients to become so focused on setting and achieving their goals, that they quickly move from one to another without any time in-between.


Today, we want to invite you and your clients to celebrate more deeply and more often.


Tune in to learn:

  • Why we don’t stop to celebrate

  • The brain science behind the celebration

  • Various ways to celebrate

  • Key questions to spark celebration for you and your clients

Apr 26, 2022

Leadership development is a $350 billion industry across the globe and a portion of that money is spent on coaching. In the past, access to coaching was restricted to senior leaders, but what if that person got coached earlier? How would that impact their leadership skills, their workplace, their families, and their lives? A growing number of colleges and universities are excited by these possibilities and are offering coaching to students to help prepare them for leadership roles even before they’ve been hired.


Listen to today’s episode to learn:

  • How colleges and universities are incorporating coaching into their programs

  • Potential opportunities for coaches to work in this capacity

  • Measurement and metrics for coaching programs

  • How coaches can find out about this work




About Wende Gaikema


Wende is an executive and leadership coach who helps leaders develop their business and their people. Wende’s work includes executives and leaders building skills in leadership presence, EQ, influential communication, change management, personal and team effectiveness. 


She works with leaders in corporate and non-profit settings, including coaching students at Rice and Vanderbilt Universities. Wende believes that everyone can be a leader as they choose to influence the world around them. 


She is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation and holds certifications in leadership, career and brain-based coaching as well as in emotional intelligence. She comes to coaching out of a business background in sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble. Wende is also on the faculty at Professional Christian Coaching Institute.



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Apr 19, 2022
Business Network International is the world’s leading business referral organization with over 10,600 chapters worldwide, and its mission is to help business professionals develop long-term, meaningful referral relationships. Teresa McCloy is an active member and in this episode, Teresa shares her experience with BNI and answers our key questions so that you can determine whether this might be a good fit for you.


Tune in to learn:


  • BNI’s core business values

  • Ways that membership can help you develop your marketing skills

  • Key membership considerations for coaches

  • The average time and financial commitment involved


About Teresa McCloy


Teresa McCloy is the creator and founder of the REALIFE Process®, a faith-focused business that helps entrepreneurs, coaches, and consultants develop and diversify their business by providing certification and training using the signature content of the REALIFE Process® as well as coaching and community.


When she is not on the road speaking, coaching clients, recording her podcast, The REALIFE Process Podcast, or training new REALIFE Process® Certified Facilitators, Teresa enjoys being on their family grain farm, enjoying a great cup of coffee with a friend, and of course, traveling as much as possible!


Teresa’s first book Do What Matters, Live from Rest Not Rush will release in the fall of 2022.


Certifications include:


  • CPLC Credentialed Life & Leadership Coach – Professional Christian Coaching Institute – 2018

  • ACC Credentialed Coach through the International Coaching Federation - 2019

  • Certified Spiritual Director through Sustainable Faith – 2017


Get your FREE Realife Needs & Values Assessment at

Apr 12, 2022

Christian coaches bring an important voice to the table when it comes to the cultural conversation around diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. But it can be hard to know how to dive into the deep waters of this weighty topic. Today’s guest, Sackeena Gordan-Jones, who serves on the ICF’s DEIJ Task Force, helps us look at these subjects through a Scriptural lens.


 Tune in to learn more about:


  • What does DEIJ mean?

  • What is the goal of embedding DEIJ in coaching? 

  • How did the ICF get started on the DEI Journey?

  • How do we get an entire organization onboard?

  • What is the most difficult part of implementing a DEI focus?

  • Where does DEIJ align with a spiritual lens?



About Sackeena Gordon-Jones, PhD, MCC

Sackeena Gordon-Jones is an executive and leadership coach, speaker, trainer, and organization development consultant residing in Raleigh, NC. She works with leaders who want to realize their professional and personal potential and achieve both success and happiness. She holds the credential of Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is currently serving on the ICF’s DEIJ Task Force.

Sackeena especially enjoys working with women and leaders who are intentional about bringing their whole life into harmony, while achieving meaningful professional and personal goals. She specializes in transformational coaching and strategic planning. She has coached leaders in the government and the private sectors, throughout five continents.

A leader in the coaching field, Sackeena has served as two-time president of the ICF Raleigh Chapter, leading the chapter to win the Internationally recognized ‘Breaking Barriers’ award. She is the current Chair of the NC Community Coaching Outreach, leading the chapter to win the inaugural international ‘Gift of Coaching’ award. Sackeena is also a professional coach trainer and serves as the director of the Business Coaching Certificate Program at NC State University.

In addition to her coaching experience and credentials, Sackeena has over 20 years of relevant executive-level business, leadership, and board experience in private, public, and non-profit sectors. She has worked with organizations and teams to deliver leadership and talent development focused on creating a sustainable culture of engagement, through leadership agility, emotional intelligence, coaching, and communication skills. She has completed advanced studies in leadership, strategy, change management, human development and behavior, theology, neuroscience of coaching, organization development, and Philosophy.

Connect with Sackeena and learn more about her Business Coach Institute and coaching at

Apr 5, 2022

Coaches use their skills in a number of different ways and in a variety of settings. Today, Mike Howerton shares with us how his journey of self-discovery and self-leadership led him to a full-time position as an EntreLeadership Executive Coach with Ramsey Solutions.


Tune in to learn:

  • How to step out in faith, with a blurry vision, and then rely on the Lord to reveal the true vision for your business

  • Ways to blend the gifts and talents God’s given you to build a thriving career

  • New ways of thinking & being that can open doors you never thought possible


About Mike Howerton:

Mike serves as an EntreLeadership Executive Coach for Ramsey Solutions. He is skilled in partnering with leaders, giving them space to talk about what is really going on, as he helps them make decisions that are in alignment with what matters most so they can lead with confidence. 


Prior to joining the EntreLeadership team, Mike spent most of his career in Nashville, TN, leading several teams for Embraer, the world's 3rd largest aircraft manufacturer, as well as leading an aircraft maintenance team for an international charter airline in Miami, FL. 


As fulfilling as his profession can be, Mike’s greatest enjoyment comes from spending as much intentional time as he can with his wife and 4 children, as well as in his hobbies as an award-winning beekeeper, market gardener, and managing his Christmas Tree Farm.


Reach out to Mike at


Mar 29, 2022


Do you have questions about certification as a coach? You’re not alone. Understanding and obtaining certification can feel like a long road and we know the importance of not walking it alone. Join us as we take away the ambiguity and help you get well on your way to the goal!




The differences between certification and credentialing processes and requirements so you’re clear about how you want to move forward.

More about the largest and most recognized organization representing the field of professional coaching and what to look for in a training organization.

How long it takes to go through the certification/credentialing process and how to get a plan in place so you can become competent and confident as a coach.


Let’s get started!


Click here to view “The Path to Professional Coaching.”


Click here to contact an Academic Advisor at PCCI.


About Jessica Fall


Jessica brings 20 years of professional experience in process creation/improvement, project management and training. A true “activator” & “connector” at heart, she is fueled by helping people and processes work well together. She currently serves as the Dean of Admissions for PCCI and oversees the Academic Advisory team.


Alongside of her professional pursuits, ministry leadership has always played a strong role in Jessica’s life. From the early days of youth ministry to more recent roles as Director of Women’s Ministry and MOPS Ministry, she holds a deep passion for helping others grow in their spiritual life.


After a break from the business world to begin a family, the Lord prompted her to begin coach training with PCCI. Now a Certified Professional Life & Leadership Coach, she is privileged to partner with female Christian leaders who desire to live a life they love.


Jessica and her husband James are southern-California transplants, now living in the Knoxville, TN area. There they are raising two elementary-aged sons and living the minivan dream. Jessica enjoys coffee, life-giving friendships, and little adventures with her family.


You can connect with Jessica by email here:

Mar 22, 2022

In this world, both we and our clients will face sorrow and loss. While grief is rarely the primary focus for our coaching, it is a part of living. Knowing that, as coaches, how can we help our clients grieve well?


In today’s episode, Chris shares:

  • The different mindsets, healthy and unhealthy, that are both a part of grief, so you can decide how you want to approach a season of grief.

  • How to embrace a season of grief, without avoidance or plowing through, so you can honor God and keep moving forward.

  • Principles that will help both you and your clients move forward during times of grief, so you can discover hope!

If you’d like to hear the entire interview with Roger Whitney and Chris McCluskey, you can find that on Roger’s podcast, The Retirement Answer Man:



Mar 15, 2022

Excellence wins: an interview with Horst Schultze is a conversation you truly can't afford to miss. We'll unpack how and why excellence wins. Listen as both a business owner and a skilled coach explains how it’s not about tasks but tapping into your being and purpose. You'll uncover valuable principles that will enable you to help raise up a powerful culture and absolutely change the world.


Cash in:

  • Learn how to define yourself as a person of excellence so you can receive the respect you deserve and serve people well.

  • Understand how your essence, being, and personhood are more important than your doing, so you can rise above the noise of your tasks.

  • Bolster the culture of your business or organization so you can refuel your working environment and create unshakable alignment.


About Horst Schulze

A legend and leader in the hotel world, Horst Schulze's teachings and vision have reshaped the concepts of service and hospitality across industries.


Mr. Schulze's professional life began more than 65 years ago as a server's assistant in a German resort town. Throughout the years he worked for both Hilton Hotels and Hyatt Hotels Corporation before becoming one of the founding members of The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company in 1983. There Mr. Schulze created the operating and service standards that have become world-famous.


During his tenure at The Ritz Carlton, Mr. Schulze served as President and COO responsible for the $2 billion operations worldwide. It was under his leadership that The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company was awarded the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award- twice- making it the first and only hotel company to ever win even one.


In 1991, Mr. Schulze was recognized as "corporate hotelier of the world" by HOTELS Magazine. In 1995, he was awarded the Ishikawa Medal for his personal contributions to the quality movement. In 1999, Johnson & Wales University gave him an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree in Hospitality Management. Most recently, Mr. Schulze has been honored as a “Leader in Luxury” by Travel Agent Magazine and its sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.


After leaving The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, Mr. Schulze went on to found The Capella Hotel Group. This luxury hotel company managed some of the most elite properties worldwide and gave Mr. Schulze the opportunity to further define the luxury hotel industry, receiving countless awards and recognitions.


Today, Mr. Schulze serves on various boards and acts as a consultant across industries. He is currently completing his seminal book on creating excellence.

Mar 8, 2022

We're wrapping up another exciting season and eager to answer your questions! As always, we've selected 4 questions we've received via social media, email, and phone. Let's dive right in! 


1) The economy is tight, with no strong indicators of improving soon. How should I be thinking about this as a business owner, in the face of that?


2) In these changing times there are so many conflicting messages about how to market my coaching business. How do I know what will be really worth my time and effort? 


3) I saw on social media that you are Pa Ingles in the musical Little House on the Prairie, along with several members of your family... How in the world do you find the time to do something like that? You must be incredibly busy... how do you work in starring in a musical?


4) I was planning to do some public speaking to grow my coaching business but it's hard to find groups meeting in person. Should I just host a webinar?

Mar 1, 2022

Life rarely unfolds in a linear fashion, and choosing a niche is no exception. The path to clarity often comes as a result of listening to God, obediently taking the steps He lays out, learning from each step, and then beginning again. In this episode, Kim Avery transparently shares about the huge transition she is making in her business journey, and some of the lessons she is learning along the way.


Tune in for insights on:


  • How to know and understand the needs of the marketplace


  • Ways to identify and move through any internal resistance


  • Practical considerations when making key niching decisions



About Kim Avery


The start of Kim's entrepreneurial journey was anything but smooth. While the client work went amazingly well, unfortunately, the business-building did not. In her first year as an entrepreneur, she wasted hundreds of hours and burned through thousands of dollars, yet saw only mediocre results.


There had to be a better way. So, she pored through Scripture searching for God's principles and provision for today's busy entrepreneurs. What she discovered was a treasure trove of specific, actionable promises and an ongoing opportunity to fully partner with our all-loving, all-powerful, and all-knowing CEO, almighty God.


She has now turned those discoveries into a best-selling book, The Prayer Powered Entrepreneur: 31 Days to Building Your Business with Less Stress and More Joy.


It’s now her joy to help others build (or rebuild) their lives and businesses in a completely different way: God-shaped, grace-infused, actively walking in God’s good and perfect provision for them.


Get your free copy of Practice the Presence of God: 50+ Simple Ways to Enjoy God All Day at:

Feb 22, 2022

Without exception, there’s one common denominator at the core of every single coaching session you hold. It’s the most essential part of that coaching session, and it’s something you have complete control over. What is it? It’s you! Your use of self, your awareness of yourself, and your self-management as a child of God, a person, and a coach.


In this episode, we dive into a deep exploration of who you are, how you show up as a coach, and how you differentiate yourself from your client in a way that’s beneficial to you and to them.


Tune in to hear:


  • How to maintain a sense of autonomy instead of reactivity

  • The beautiful ways that coaching is a reflection of our Trinitarian God

  • Using the competencies as a tool for spiritual love




About Steve Cromer:


Steve has been most blessed by his marriage to Geneva for over 42 years. She has encouraged his love of learning and exploration in the fields of archaeology, chaplaincy, Bowen Family Systems Theory, pastoral ministry, coaching and teaching, and, most recently, owning and operating a restaurant! Together they reared four sons, and now celebrate having three wonderful daughters-in-law – with a fourth one on the way – and seven grandchildren. They have recently relocated to Williamsburg, VA, where they will continue their explorations together.


Steve joined the PCCI family as a student in 2012 and as an instructor in 2017. Through his business, Steve Cromer Coaching, Steve works as a mentor coach for those seeking certification, as a leadership coach for those wanting to improve their soft skills in the workplace, and as a life coach for leaders who struggle in the over-functioning, “go-to” position in the workplace and in the family.




Learn more about Steve at

Feb 15, 2022

As adults, we spend the majority of our waking hours at work. Yet, this is often a neglected area when it comes to spiritual growth. Thankfully, all work is kingdom work. In this episode, author Tom Lutz shares key insights on taking a coach approach to discipline others in and through their work.


Tune in to hear:


  • The importance of seeing each person as an image-bearer

  • The impact on people when they discover the kingdom purpose of their work as an image-bearer

  • Practical examples and short stories of people finding God’s purpose in their everyday work





About Tom Lutz

Tom Lutz, DMin, served as a Teaching Elder in the PCA Denomination before entering the business world where he brings decades of entrepreneurial experience to his work coaching marketplace leaders as a Convene CEO Roundtable chair and through his consulting company, Vision Planners. Tom also teaches biblical studies at Metro Atlanta Seminary and leads workshops to help Christians work with Kingdom purpose.


Click here to pick up your copy of the book, Equipping Christians for Kingdom Purpose in Their Work


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