Options Coaching is a service provided by professional Christian coaches for Christians who are keen to:
- discover and explore their options in future service and work
- transition from one role or position to the next
- resolve issues in relation to leadership, work and service
- pursue their God-given dreams and calling
Registering for Options Coaching will enable you to meet with a professional coach for an initial three sessions, with a focus on one or more issues, as illustrated above. All three sessions are offered for only £115. (If there is some hesitation because of the cost, we are able to break this down in stages for you. See heading above - How much does it cost?)
Please click on the headings above or the questions below to find out more details.
If you already have an account with Christian Vocations (e.g. job alerts) please log in and select 'Sign up for Options Coaching' from your user page. If you do not yet have an account with us, register here.
All the coaches in the Options Coaching network are Christians who are appropriately trained and qualified. Christian Vocations has screened each individual and established an agreement with them to work with us, and you, in the goal to help you move forward in the areas of your Christian life and discipleship you identify.
This small, dedicated group of practitioners align themselves with our objectives and ambitions in this coaching service. They are geographically spread in the UK, in our desire that this service is available to any Christian who would benefit from such help.
For each coach, working with Options Coaching is just one element of their work and service. Find out more about them here.
The difference is often more clearly seen in the focus, the level of interaction and the time frame involved.
- A mentor is usually someone who has ‘been there, done that, and got the T shirt’ in the particular sphere of work or life similar to the person they are mentoring. From their experience and ‘maturity’ the mentor seeks to guide and encourage the individual. A coach does not need to have had similar experience or awareness of the individual’s circumstances.
- A mentor may well suggest or advise the person they are mentoring on what they might see as best for them to do or act upon. A coach generally doesn’t do this, but helps the individual reflect, discover and decide on actions and outcomes for themselves.
- A mentoring relationship might last for a longer or more indefinite period of time, perhaps meeting infrequently. A coach will meet the person they are coaching for a shorter period of time - generally agreed at the outset - to achieve specific goals or objectives. After a specific objective has been reached, then the relationship will usually cease, or at least pause.
Generally, a counsellor is there to help individuals resolve problems or issues in their lives, and by definition will refer ‘backwards’ to what has happened in order to help the individual resolve the issues or struggles they identify – even if the individual doesn’t see them at the outset. The coach is always trying to help the individual to look forwards to achieve the objectives they have themselves set.