Are you looking for a way to help other people achieve their goals and live their best lives? Have you been wondering how to become a Christian Life Coach? If so, you’re in the right place.
Coaching is all about helping people reach their goals, and as a Christian life coach, you can help people find their path to spiritual fulfillment.
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Becoming a Christian life coach doesn’t require any specific qualifications or experience – but it does require a heart for God and a desire to help others.
In this post, we’ll outline the steps you need to take to become a qualified coach and start helping others live their best lives. So, if you’re ready to help others find their purpose and follow Christ, keep reading!
What Is A Christian Life Coach?
Before we begin looking at how to become a Christian life coach, let’s establish exactly what the purpose of one of these coaches is and how they help their clients. A Christian life coach is there to help their clients realign their lives and actions with the teachings of the bible and the will of God.
This kind of coach provides their client with the structure and assistance needed to reinforce their connection with God and the biblical laws, thinking about the things that they want from their lives and the teachings that they wish to follow.
This type of coach also encourages their clients to remember that God has a plan for them, and tries to help them identify this plan and follow it based on their beliefs about how people should behave and what they wish to be and represent in life.
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Christian life coaches have a lot in common with secular life coaches in that their goal is to assist clients in finding deeper meaning and guidance that will make their lives better, but they do so within a religious framework, and with reference to the client’s beliefs. The purpose is similar, but the structure within which the two coaches operate is different.
How Much Do Christian Life Coaches Make?
Many Christian life coaches earn about $54,000 per year, although this can vary depending on the area and the experience level of the coach. You may not make this sort of figure early on in your career, especially if the demand in your area is low, but you could be looking at reaching it as you grow and develop.
Some sources place the salary at noticeably higher than this, estimating $200,000 per year, but this figure isn’t reinforced by any evidence, so it’s hard to determine whether it’s accurate. It’s unlikely that new coaches would be approaching this figure right away.
Most sources estimate the average hourly wage of a Christian life coach to be around $26, which is roughly aligned with the $54,000 annual salary. You may be able to earn more once you’re established, but you should view this as a good average to aim for.
Check out what coaches in your local area are earning for a more accurate assessment, as it does vary by state. States like Washington and New York have a higher demand for Christian life coaches than states like Missouri and North Carolina.
Step One: Become A Certified Christian Life Coach
Now that we’ve looked at those two aspects of Christian life coaching, let’s look at how to become a Christian life coach! The first thing you need to do is get certified because this demonstrates to your potential clients that you are educated and aligned with their needs.
For this purpose, you may wish to undertake the Life Coaching Certificate Course. This course doesn’t cover the religious aspects of coaching, but it will give you all the other tools you need to be an amazing life coach – and there is a lot of overlap between what you need to be a great secular life coach and what you need to be a great religious one.
This course will set you up for success by covering the fundamental aspects of coaching, including things like helping others make difficult decisions, coaching people toward growth, encouraging your clients to take responsibility for their goals, and inspiring creativity and innovation.
With these tools, you will be well situated to start coaching, and you can supplement them with your own understanding of religion. You may wish to do supplemental courses in Christianity or take some classes that will cover this aspect of the coaching too.
Step 2: Choose Your Christian Life Coach Business Name
Next, the question is what to call yourself. Your coaching business name will make a big difference to how clients initially perceive you, so you should spend some time thinking about the emotions that you wish to evoke in the people you will work with. What kind of coach are you going to be, and what do you want them to associate you with?
All good names will evoke an emotion of some sort, but they need to do more than this. A great coaching name will also indicate what problem it will help the client to solve, and it will appeal directly to the niche audience you are targeting (which we’ll cover in the next section).
Your name needs to be representative of you, and it also has to be easy to say, and unique – completely different from any other Christian coaches out there.
That’s a lot of different areas to consider, so spend some time brainstorming your name and thinking about what you want it to do. Make sure your chosen name sounds good when it is spoken, and that it looks good when you write it out.
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Step 3: Choose A Niche
The next aspect of how to become a Christian life coach is selecting your niche, and it’s important to do this before you go any further. You might be wondering if you haven’t already chosen a niche when choosing to coach Christians, but your niche should be much narrower than this.
It should identify a specific subset of people that you are particularly well-positioned to help. For example, you might be wanting to work with born-again Christians who are interested in using the biblical teachings as strictly as possible. You might opt for people who find it challenging to reconcile their religion with a changing world, and want your help understanding it.
Narrowing it down might seem like it will limit you, but it in fact empowers you to choose the most effective branding and messaging possible to appeal to that subset of people.
If you just try to appeal to all Christians ever, you’ll get a confused, chaotic approach that doesn’t work well for anyone. Having a niche is key to having a powerful brand and being an effective coach.
➡️ Need more help? Check out these resources:
- Learn how to choose a niche for your coaching business >>
- Download our free Choosing Your Niche Workbook in our resource library >>
- Watch our video on How To Identify Your Dream Clients (And Choose A Niche) >>
Step 4: Create A Business Plan
Now it’s time to set up a business plan, and this isn’t just about the finances – this is about proving to yourself that the whole business is viable. It encompasses lots of elements and it’s important to do it at this stage, especially before you invest too much time and energy into other aspects of starting a business.
You may find you need to adjust your expectations or take a different approach, and it’s better to know that now than later. A business plan will also help you identify challenges you’ll face and get a sense of how much money you’ll need to launch.
This plan should cover the following areas:
- Mission statement
- Executive summary
- Products and services
- Target audience
- Customer needs
- Customer acquisition
- Competitive advantage
- Owner passion
- Goals of the business
Having a few brief paragraphs to explain each of these and written evidence of your thinking at this stage will make your business stronger. It will also help you to think clearly about how to differentiate yourself from other coaches and how you’ll acquire new clients. This is the structure on which everything else will hang.
Still not quite sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. We’ve created a business plan template for coaches that you can download for free HERE. After signing up, you can access the coaching business plan in the business resources section.
Step 5: Establish Your Methodology, Techniques, & Tools
Before you start, you also need to know how you’re going to approach your clients, and what role religion is going to play in your meetings. It isn’t enough to have a vague plan in your head; you need to have a written methodology that will guide you at every step.
Different coaches have very different approaches to this; some like to have a complex, detailed model, while others prefer to just outline a few stages that their clients will pass through.
However, everyone should have a clear sense of where their clients will end up when they have finished coaching, and what they will need to do to get there.
Some coaches find it helpful to frame this methodology as: my clients need to achieve X. To do this, I will walk them through A, B, and C. When we have finished, they will feel D.
Having this structure will make you a better coach and give your sessions more focus. The more detailed you can make it, the better.
Take some time to also think about the tools you will use with clients. What exercises are you going to do with them? What role will religion play in your sessions?
How To Structure A Coaching Program (Step by Step)
A coaching program is an offer that you as a coach create to reflect and deliver your original teaching style and materials.
It is a signature system. Something that is unique to you and allows you to coach in a structured and organized way.
Before you move on, we strongly suggest you check out our in-depth guide ‘How To Structure A Coaching Program (Step by Step)’ >>
We’ll cover how to structure a coaching program that fits YOU.
We’ll guide you through how to create a signature program including naming, frequency, duration, delivery, pricing, and more.
Step 6: Create Offers And Pricing
Let’s look at the next part of how to become a Christian life coach: services and pricing. Basically, establishing exactly what are you going to give to your clients and what are you going to get back for it?
Most coaches find it easier to start this by thinking about the offers, rather than the costs. What sort of services would your clients benefit from? You may find it helps to take a look at what other Christian life coaches are offering, partly so you can ensure you provide something different.
You might like to think about things like:
- One-on-one sessions
- Group workshops
- Virtual coaching
- Yearly masterminds
- X months of coaching sessions
- ½ day coaching sessions
- Full day sessions
You should make sure you are offering at least a few different options so that your potential clients can choose something that suits them. Once you’ve got some package ideas, you can begin pricing them. Think about how much time you will need to put into each one, and remember to do your own market research by looking at what other coaches charge for similar packages.
Step 7: Design Your Christian Life Coach Logo
Designing a logo can be a challenge for any coach, and you might be feeling unsure about what your logo should like and what images it should include. Remember, it needs to fit with the rest of your branding and feel cohesive, so consider what your name is, and what atmosphere you are hoping to convey.
Using your business name as part of the logo is one effective option that you might want to try out. You may also want some imagery that conveys something about the type of business that it is. For example, you might choose to incorporate some Christian imagery to express that there is a religious aspect.
Think about the colors you use, and whether the lines are hard or soft. Your logo will evoke an emotional response, just like your business name will, and you want to make sure it’s the right response. Make sure that any text is easy to read, and that the colors aren’t overwhelming or out of step with the rest of your branding.
See below for an example of one of our logo templates, Halo, at work for a Christian Life Coach. You can make this logo your own too! Click here to explore the Halo brand template.
Step 8: Create Your Christian Life Coach Website
What’s next in how to become a Christian life coach? The website. Your website is going to be a really powerful tool for attracting and retaining clients, and you need to make sure that it looks the part. Take the time to design it professionally, because a sloppy or chaotic website is one of the most effective ways to deter clients from working with you.
Start by thinking about what information needs to be on your site. For example, it should have:
- About the coach
- Shop pages
- Booking pages
- Products/services pages
- Media pages
You might find it helps to create a site map of these things so that you can organize them systematically. Next, start categorizing content into bigger headings to ensure everything appears in logical places and is easy to find.
Make sure your site is functional, and then work on making it aesthetically pleasing. An attractive website is definitely a plus, but it must work well too!
Want to make this part of the process even easier? We have an abundance of website templates that contain everything you need to launch a successful website, all you need to do is put your own spin on them.
➡️ Need more help? Check out these resources:
- The DIY Beginners Guide to Websites >>
- How to build your website quickly & effectively >>
- Read our guide on “How To Structure A Coaching Website” >>
Step 9: Go Legal
Now it’s time to think about the legalities of starting a business. All new businesses need to be registered, and you will need to do things like protecting your business name so that nobody can copy it. You will also have to choose a structure for your business for tax purposes.
Think about whether you are going to need things like business insurance, especially if clients will be meeting you in a building you own or rent. You may also need an Employer Identification Number if you are going to employ any staff.
Find out whether you need a license or permit to operate as a coach in your local area, and remember to open a business bank account so that clients can pay directly into the business, and there’s no confusion between personal funds and business funds.
Finally, you need to choose a tax year to operate within. You should also remember to set aside funds to pay the taxes when that time comes.
So now that we’ve taken care of most of the legal aspects, what’s next?
Step 10: Create Your Coaching Contract
The coaching contract is closely linked with the legal step but is important enough to deserve its own space — it’s imperative that you do not start coaching without a signed contract in place. Verbal agreements and tacit understandings just leave too much room for miscommunication!
You will need a legally binding coaching contract that every client you work with has signed.
This contract should cover:
- Your services
- Payment information and late fees
- Intellectual property rights
- A limit of liability
- A disclaimer and release
If your contract doesn’t check these boxes, it isn’t protecting you properly. It’s best to either purchase a legal template from a trustworthy source or get a lawyer to draw the contract up for you. Avoid using free online templates, as these may not be legally binding and could leave you exposed to problems, especially if you modify them personally.
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Step 11: Get Your First Christian Life Coaching Client
It’s now time to start attracting your very first clients, and the great news is that you don’t have to sink a large amount of money into the business at this stage. There are plenty of strategies that you can use to grow organically.
One option is to start generating a social media following that will draw clients to your site. If you can create relevant content for people to like and share, you’re more likely to get your business recognized.
You can also use your own network, reaching out to people you know and asking them to pass your name around. This can be a surprisingly effective strategy; even if nobody in your network needs coaching, they may know people who would benefit from your services. So start leveraging your contacts to get in touch with potential clients.
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Step 12: Grow Your Christian Life Coaching Business
Finally, it’s time to grow. At this point, you may want to start putting money into marketing, paying for advertisements in spaces where your clients are likely to see them. Think carefully about your demographic and where it is most active, so you can choose the best positions for your ads.
You’ll also want to consider where your niche of clients is hanging out most online. Is it Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter? Wherever it is, making your presence strong there will keep you closely connected with people who can benefit from your offers.
Additionally, you should create a sales cycle, which shows your clients what process they go through when they encounter your brand for the first time.
A good marketing and sales strategy will have a clear idea of the “ideal client” and target this client specifically, using the right language and atmosphere.
You should also be looking to create great content for your site that will make you stand out, and encourage people to trust you. You can then utilize SEO techniques to start pulling clients in.
Now, you should have everything necessary to figure out how to become a Christian life coach!
Final Thoughts — Becoming A Christian Life Coach
We covered everything from salary expectations, business naming, niching, branding, setting up a website, getting all your legal ducks in a row, and marketing your Christian life coaching business. There you have it, all the necessary steps you need to be aware of when learning how to become a Christian life coach.
Becoming a Christian Life Coach is a great way to use your God-given talents and help others at the same time. We hope this article has helped you learn more about what it takes to become a Christian Life Coach and what the job entails.
If you are called to be a Christian life coach, we would love to help connect you with the training and resources that you need. Leave us a comment below and let us know what next steps you plan on taking. We love to hear from you!