What Is Spiritual Formation .. .

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Life Coaching
Spiritual Formation: What Does It Mean?

Liberty University

Abstract
This research paper will give a brief examination of the history and development of life coaching in general, and then it will look towards the niche coaching specialty of spiritual formation. This writer will endeavor to answer the question, “Spiritual formation: what does it mean?” There will be discussion around this topic as it is examined from several perspectives and worldviews. It will include an brief overview of secular, non-religious, and non-Christian religious worldviews. Judeo-Christian worldviews will be discussed highlighting biblical aspects with regard to spiritual formation and how it may fit with a life coach who is familiar
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As for the coaches they are to “honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach's responsibility is to: * Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve * Encourage client self-discovery * Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies * Hold the client responsible and accountable …” (ICF, 2014, www.coachfederation.org)
Since the 1990’s several coaching schools and associations have surfaced to meet an ever growing need. It should be noted that professional coaches have gained equal footing with: “…consultants, counsellors, and academics during the discussion of options in Harvard Business Review cases … . Coaches have been studied by educators …, have influenced education …, have been described as team leaders…, viewed as a way of leading …, and sought out for management advice … . (Deryk, 2012)
Along these lines several coaching specialties have arisen, there are coaches for almost every area of life, one of these niches is the topic of this research, that of spiritual formation.
What Is Spiritual Formation For the purpose of this paper this writer will make reference to belief systems that are not of a Judeo-Christian base. The information is enough to draw a frame of reference from and is not intended as a full discussion. Other Worldviews Without
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