Certification FAQ

Answers to the common questions we receive about becoming a Certified Encounter Coach®

  • 1. How is this different from other life coaching certification programs?

    Encounter Coaching has three key features that distinguish it from other coaching approaches: it coaches a different brain, with a different change methodology, and aims for a different outcome: Encounter Coaching works with the emotional brain, the gateway to the heart, bringing change to a person’s inner world of core beliefs, emotional memories and desire, as opposed to their outer world of behavior and circumstances. Encounter Coaching uses live encounters with Jesus as a core part of the coaching methodology. Jesus speaks life to the heart, which flows outward to create behavioral change. It puts Jesus at the center of the coaching conversation. The goal of Encounter Coaching is heart transformation. We believe Jesus way of change is from the inside out, not the outside in. So the behavioral change Encounter Coaching products is a byproduct of heart change, not the primary goal. As you’ve probably guessed, this is an overtly Christian program that trains you to bring Jesus directly into the coaching conversation, so that the client dialogs with Jesus during the coaching appointments instead of just with the coach. As such, Encounter Coaching certification may not be the best fit for those who coach in environments where you can’t openly talk about Jesus

  • 2. Who is Encounter Coaching Certification designed for?

    Encounter Coaching Certification is great for ministry leaders, coaches and prospective coaches, counselors—anyone who wants a powerful set of tools for creating heart transformation. Our main focus is on those who want to coach as part of an existing leadership role. This is different than most coach training programs, which focus almost exclusively on preparing trainees to launch their own coaching practice as an independent business. We chose this focus because it is an underserved need, it is a better fit for the needs of the local church, and it fits our coaching model. However, our training can be a great fit for those who want to become professional coaches, too—the main difference is that we don’t provide the business-building tools other programs do. We keep the focus on the coaching.

  • 3. What will I learn?

    You’ll get started with the fundamentals of coaching: listening, asking powerful questions, goal-setting and action planning. Then we’ll dive into the realm of the heart, learning how to quickly and effectively follow emotional brain cues to core issues. The MetaFormation Heart Model shows how beliefs, emotional memories and desires form and guide us, and how different experiences change the heart. And you’ll get plenty of practice creating encounters where Jesus shows up and speaks directly to your coaches at the deepest level.

  • 4. What courses will I take?

     Foundations of Encounter Coaching introduces you to the fundamental tools and values of the coaching approach  Transforming the Heart covers the fundamentals of how the heart works and accessing the heart  Living from the Heart focuses on reframing circumstances in terms of God’s purposes and rewriting life stories from heaven’s perspective  Coaching the Heart is a practical intensive in bringing experiential encounter into your coaching conversations  Mentor Coaching gives you 21 live group coaching sessions where you get extensive practice with feedback.

  • 5. I already have a coaching certification. Is there a way to add this to my existing credential?

    Yes! We offer a Continuing Ed certification for those who’ve already gone through a formal coach training program. You’ll bypass the basics you’ve probably already covered, leaving the two core courses (Transforming the Heart and Coaching the Heart) that cover the Heart Model and the Encounter Coaching Method of using Questions for Jesus. You’ll find that this is almost all new and not a repeat of what you’ve already learned.

  • 6. Can I use these techniques to coach people who aren’t Christians?

    The approach we use is overtly Christian, especially since the guts of it is about meeting Jesus in your desires. So if you are coaching someone who doesn’t want God to be part of the conversation, there are important pieces of this you won’t be able to use. On the other hand, most Americans believe in God, they just don’t like religion. So if you invite them to ask Jesus a question and see what he says (instead of telling them what you think God says to them), you’ll often get a positive response—and sometimes an incredible breakthrough.

  • 7. Are you affiliated with the International Coach Federation (ICF)?

    We are not affiliated with the ICF, and do not offer an ICF certification, although these classes may qualify for their portfolio process of certification. While we strongly support the idea that professional coaches become fully credentialed, you will find most people who desire coaching are not concerned about the certification level that you have. They want a coaching experience that yields great results in their personal change process -- which our training equips you to provide.

  • 8. What does my certification allow me to say about my credentials?

    You’ll be a fully certified coach, so you can call yourself a “Encounter Coach”, “coach” or “life coach”. You also earn the right to use the Certified Encounter Coach logo in your advertising or on your web site, as well as the right to say you are a, “Certified Encounter Coach.” To prove it, you’ll get an Encounter Coaching certificate from LM suitable for framing What you can’t do is claim to be a representative of LM, or use the LM logo in your advertising. For instance, you can’t say you are a “Leadership MetaFormation Coach”—that infringes on our name.

  • 9. How long does the program take to complete?

    Around 12-15 months for the full certification program and 9-12 months for the continuing ed certification program.