A Practical Introduction to Christian Coaching

with LM Certified Trainer Todd Olsen

  • Watch master coaches at work in over seven hours of live coaching demos

  • Learn in a cohort-based class with peers

  • Includes five hours of live practice time with peers

Create Real Transformation

Get started in the exciting world of coaching with this polished and professional course on the coaching fundamentals. Its a great set of communication and leadership skills for leaders, pastors, counselors--anyone who wants to go beyond giving trite advice and learn to help others really change.


Designed by Tony Stoltzfus, who has authored a dozen coaching books and trained 1000's of coaches over 20 years, you'll be learning from the best. Even better, its a course you'll love taking! The 35 video sessions are nearly all live, unrehearsed coaching demos (instead of talking head lectures) by Tony and his fellow LM trainers.

Details and Description

Encounter Coaching is built on a foundation of practical coaching skills: the tools and techniques that underlie all types of coaching. We'll cover skills like:

  • Setting up a coaching relationship
  • developing SMART goals
  • Creating options
  • Converting options to action steps
  • Intuitive listening 
  • Asking powerful questions
  • Providing healthy accountability
  • Overcoming obstacles

How You'll Learn
This is NOT a video course where you'll just listen to a lecturer! Instead, you'll learn through three complementary methods: reading for content, video demos to see and experience the technique, and practice sessions where you'll try these skills out yourself:

  1. CONTENT (reading)
    The book, Leadership Coaching by Tony Stoltzfus has been widely used in coach training programs for years thanks to its practical systematical approach. Each section of the course begins by reading one or more chapters from the book. (You will need to purchase a copy to do the course.)

    The next step is to watch what you've learned being demonstrated by expert coaches. we've included over seven hours of real-life demos and debriefings so you can see and experience what you are reading. Watching a great coach at work is one of the best ways to learn to coach!

  3. PRACTICE (Live sessions)
    You'll get a chance to practice your new skills with five hours of live practice time with expert feedback. If you are taking the course with a cohort, you'll get the practice schedule from your trainer. If you take it as an independent study, you'll also attend the 5-hour Foundations Practice Webinar (free with this course) where you'll practice with others on-line.

Time Required
The whole course (including reading, watching the demos and practice time) should take about 22 hours to complete.

You can take the course in a cohort of fellow aspiring coaches with a Certified LM trainer (check our training schedule for start times), or do it as an independent study and attend our monthly Foundations Practice Webinar to get in your practice time.

Your Instructor

Managing Partner

Todd Olsen

The success of a company often rests in the hands of its leader. Let’s face it, being both a competent business leader and a Christian at the same time is tough. “How do I integrate those two and also have kingdom impact?” is a question that I once asked.

That question caused me to voluntarily retire from a successful 30-year career at Ford where I had some amazing experiences negotiating multi-billion $$ deals. Taking a one-year sabbatical, I hired a coach and used the time to prepare for my next big adventure. That was in 2016, and now I specialize in helping business leaders all over the world build healthy businesses that have transformational kingdom impact!

I discovered that I love to empower people through trustworthy partnerships – helping them understand that in Christ, you are “More Than Enough!” As an Encounter Coach and Certified Trainer with Leadership Meta-Formation, I’ve learned to build an atmosphere of belief where people can hear the voice of God. I don’t have to have all the wisdom or the answers. This is the heart of my vision for “Designed for Legacy,” my new business where I coach and train leaders to have a lasting influence.

Instead of building deals to sell companies like Aston Martin and Volvo, I get to help Jesus build leaders. Instead of developing self-driving car strategies, I get to coach leaders as they develop a life plan. Starting JV Shanghai, China was cool, but seeing leaders in a joint venture with God is not only rewarding, it impacts The Kingdom for generations!

I love experiencing new things through friendships with people of different cultures. This comes from living more than six years in Asia and Europe. Living in other countries gave us (my wife and five children) a much bigger picture of the world.

How are you impacting your world? Let’s figure that out together.

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Two Ways to Sign Up for Foundations

  • Foundations (Cohort-Based)

    Join a cohort-based class starting soon. You'll still get full credit if you decide to get certified later!

  • Encounter Coaching Certfication

    Sign up for the full Encounter Coaching Certification Program. Foundations is your first step, and its included in the bundle.

    Get Certfied!