Response to Quote in Gospel Coach

Christ-centered CoachingIt’s tough when someone quotes you, solely to point out that you are wrong. Recently, Scott Thomas and Tom Wood in their book Gospel Coaching quoted from page 13 of my book, Christ-Centered Coaching: 7 Benefits of Ministry Leaders and concluded that I was advocating a person-centered vs. Christ-centered approach to coaching. I’m saddened that they misunderstood me. I’m extremely passionate about how I see God at work through coaching — redeeming clients and coaches alike, both in corporations and in ministry — and I spend my life spreading that good news everywhere I get the opportunity.  How God works inside the hearts and minds of clients in a coaching relationship, whether the client acknowledges God in their life or not, is a wonderful mystery. I’m blessed to come alongside clients and just marvel at His handiwork as they are transformed.

I wish those authors had read page 14 and my definition of Christian Coaching as “Christ’s Vision and Mission + Scriptural Principles + Christ’s Presence + High Standard of Excellence as Trained Coach”. I spend the rest of the book expanding on that definition. I have never felt that God was out of the picture in Christian coaching and I don’t believe that’s what my written word says. On page 137 of my book, I included a prayer as a summary of the essence of Christian coaching. I pray this constantly as a way of acknowledging just how much the LORD is needed in Christian Coaching. I close my comments here with this prayer.



  1. Jane, anyone who reads your book and listens to it’s message will see the Christ-centered approach that you so clearly advocate.

    The quote in Gospel Coach was a “straw man” set up to contrast with the authors’ Gospel-centered approach. It is sad when people knock down others to make their own approach see more right.

    Your work and message through Christ-Centered Coaching has made a significant impact and continues to be a blessing to many.

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