Spiritual Growth Coaching FAQ

What is Spiritual Growth Coaching?

Spiritual Growth Coaching helps you discover your personalized path to a better way to live. Your trained Spiritual Growth Coach asks questions that help you explore the biggest questions in life: What do I want? What am I here for? Is there more to life than this? How do I live well? Is there hope for this world? What’s one practical step I can take this week? Coaching is not counseling, mentoring, or consulting. Coaching is a series of question-based conversations between a trained coach and someone open to exploring growth and change in his or her life. The coach’s questions help the person being coached to clarify goals, discover resources, explore options, and decide on a plan. The focus is on what one or two things a person could do to take the next concrete step toward a life of greater love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

What Can I Expect at my first coaching session/conversation?

A first meeting usually takes 90 minutes. Your coach will provide more information about the coaching process, answer any questions you have, and start to ask questions to get you thinking about what growth is most immediately important to you. You may have a pretty good idea when you start or you may come in without much of a sense of what you want to change. Either way is fine! There’s no commitment to continue in coaching if you feel that it’s not a good fit going forward.

Do I have to be a Christian?

Nope. We’re Christians, and we’re not trying to hide that or to pull a bait-and-switch. We believe that it’s the way of life Jesus taught that allows us to live better, but you don’t need to share that faith commitment in order to get coaching. We invite you to put a new way of living to the test even if you think the theology behind it is nonsense! A spirit of openness and exploration is really helpful, and the decisions about the changes you want to make are always in your hands.

What kind of commitment do I have to make?

There’s no commitment needed to have a first meeting. If you want to continue coaching going forward, the frequency of meetings really depends on what you’re working on, what kind of support and accountability is helpful for you, and your schedule. It’s a good idea to meet with your coach at least quarterly (four times a year). Many people find it helpful to meet more frequently than that, but it all depends on the goals you establish with your coach.

What does it cost?

Just some time, openness, and effort.

What’s the Catch?

Third Place Chicago is a not-for-profit supported by financial donations from individuals/families and short-term grants from partner organizations. In order to be sustainable long-term, we’ll be dependent on financial support from people who participate and find our work together to be transformative. Our purpose is to build a Christian community (church) of people who are growing together and becoming more than the sum of their parts through God’s work. We’ll never be fee-for-service, but we absolutely do need the financial support of committed participants to make this work!

How long will it take?

A first meeting is about 90 minutes. (If you need to be sure to keep it within a certain timeframe, just make sure you let your coach know when you start!)

How do I make an appointment?

Click here to schedule a Spiritual Growth Coaching Conversation.