Biblical Framework of Coaching
THE IDENTITY - The foundational component of the biblical framework is "Identity." The identity of the coach is critical for rightly understanding and implementing the philosophy of this biblically-driven structure. "Who the coach is" determines the direction of his or her philosophical approach and the trajectory of the impact they have on the lives of athletes. Bearing this in mind, the foundation of the framework rests on the coach's developing, personal relationship with Christ. It's this relational base that allows the core of the structure to provide its stabilizing influence. If this framework is void of this critical component it loses its structural integrity. The Christian identity that is proposed is grounded in and supported by the following three propositions.
- The Person of Christ (the "who" of identity)
- The Priorities of Christ (the "what" of identity)
- The Spiritual Practices of Christ (the "how" of identity)
THE BELIEFS - The next component of the biblical framework is "Beliefs." While establishing a biblical identity is critical to the structure's integrity, it's the biblical beliefs that provide the necessary support for the construction of the next level of the structure. These beliefs serve as philosophical "beams" on which the values and practices rest. The beliefs mirror what Christ prioritized in His life.
- The Glory of God (our number one priority is to glorify our heavenly Father with our lives)
- The Kingdom of God (our second priority is to actively participate in God's kingdom program)
- The Word of God (our third priority is to learn from, live for and stand on scriptural truth)
- The People of God (our fourth priority is to help meet the needs of all people)
- The Workplace of God (our fifth priority is to fulfill God's will within the context of our "workplace")
THE VALUES - The third component of the biblical structure is "Values." These five values point to the "what" of the biblical framework and offer both form and support for the philosophical structure. There is a certain internal/external aesthetic that the identified values provide as well as an additional supporting aspect that is inherent in these "structural walls." The values themselves are the next phase in this philosophical construction process. They prepare the structure for the fourth and final step, the "practices."
THE PRACTICES - The fourth phase of our philosophical coaching structure is the "Practices." These practices outline the application process of the model. They provide a set of "action steps" that encourage the practical outworking necessary for the leader/coach to apply this biblical coaching philosophy.
- Set the Example
- Share the Vision
- Equip the People
- Engage the Mission
- Challenge the Culture