Christian Coaching 101

With contributions by Loo Bee Eng
Photo credits to Loo Bee Eng and Jane Ng

“The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.” Proverbs 20:5

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The interactive workshop focusses on first listening and asking rather than telling, in order to deepen relationships.
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Nav Alumni John Lim Chee Khiang, a Professional Certified Coach, aims to bring out the best in people through Christian Coaching.

On Good Friday, the Navigators Community Ministry (NCM) hosted a one-day intensive workshop on Christian Coaching 101 for Navigators (Nav) alumni and their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

The interactive session helped participants to gain insight into Christian coaching which emphasised on active listening and asking questions that incite change. Nav staff Loo Bee Eng summarised what she learnt: “Christian coaching focusses on listening and an ‘Ask, don’t tell’ approach. We each have a tendency to fix people’s problems and are quick to give suggestions, but we learn to ask questions and so empower them to tap off on God and His direction for them.”

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Seated with coach John is Anthony Low (SP Nav alumni) during a role-playing session.

One of the Nav alumni participants Ms Koh Siew Peng shared: “It was a marvellous time of fun-filled learning! I learned to meditate on Pro 20:5 (see verse above) and was reminded from the Chinese character “ (ting)”, to incline my ear to the King with full attention and whole-hearted devotion.”

Another participant who benefitted from the course was Wendy, who gave feedback that it was an excellent workshop. She learned the importance of listening and asking open-ended questions instead of jumping straight into assumptions or conclusions. She plans to apply this skill in her workplace, church small group, in discipleship and her family.

The three-day course was condensed into one day and delivered by Navigator alumni John Lim Chee Khiang and his wife Lim Song Kheng. Both are bi-vocational missionaries, ACTA certified trainers and Professional Certified Coaches through the International Coach Federation. Besides their coach training and personal ministry, they also coach missionaries, spiritual leaders and Business-As-Mission (BAM) leaders.

With 30 years’ corporate experience under his belt, John has served with Leadership Development International Training (LDiT) as Director of Coaching Services in China. His passion is to empower disciples to fully live out God’s calling through coaching.

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Christian coaches Lim Song Kheng (standing, 3rd from left) and husband John Lim Chee Khiang beside her with the Nav alumni, committed to enhancing their discipleship skills.

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