The Coach Approach Podcast

Welcome to the Coach Approach Ministries Podcast! Coaching is a skillset and a mindset that helps people find focus, discover options and take action. At CAM, we train the very best Christian coaches in the world, and over the last decade, we've trained well over a fifteen hundred coaches. Through this podcast, we want to share insights from the Coaching Community and help you to develop a broader understanding of coaching. You can find out more about us at and sign up for our proven coach training.
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Feb 14, 2019
Today Brian interviews Dr. Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory. Tod is the Vice President and chief of leadership formation at Fuller Seminary. He is an ordained pastor and consults and coaches with churches and nonprofits. 
Adaptive challenges are those that “cannot be solved with one’s
existing knowledge and skills, requiring people to make a shift in their values, expectations, attitudes, or habits of behavior.”
An understanding of this kind of adaptive leadership has
three characteristics:
1. a changing environment where there is no clear answer
2. the necessity for both leaders and followers to learn, especially the leader’s own ongoing transformation
3. the unavoidable reality that a new solution will result in loss
From Tod's book, a list of questions and suggestions he often asks his coaching clients:
  • What is the song behind the words that is keeping us all dancing? In other words, what deeper tune of the church is getting played in this circumstance? What is going on in this situation that nobody is talking about but is affecting the whole system of the church? - p 115
  • I also often coach my pastor clients to give a yearly “I Have a Dream” sermon in order to keep raising the urgency in the congregation. - p 142
  • As a coach to pastors, I am almost always in the role of confidant. - p 159
  • I tell my coaching clients, “You must bring yourself to your role, but you are not your role.” - p 211
  • I often coach my clients, “Make your goal in every conversation to have someone roll their eyes upward (which indicates that they are thinking differently) and say, ‘That’s a great question.’” - p 213
Text canoeing to 66866 for more resources from Tod
Feb 7, 2019
Today's podcast is about Optimism vs Pessimism. Research shows optimists are more successful. Chad and Brian talk about three distinct ways to interpret success and failure. These can become our lenses for viewing failure and success.
  1. Personal
  2. Prevalence 
  3. Permanence
We invite you to take our class on Coaching and Positive Psychology which starts February 18, 2019.
Chad mentioned the author Martin Seligman, who wrote Flourish and The Hope Circuit.
Jan 31, 2019
Coach the person instead of the problem. Chad lays out some distinctions that help us draw out the fullness of a client. Strangely, we talk a little too much about jockeys. And stay tuned till the very end for instructions on how to download a free tool that will help you dive into today's topic.

5 aspects of a person:

1. Natural gifts

2. Acquired strengths

3. Personality

4. Spiritual Gifts

5. Character

Chad wanted me to make available a one page breakdown of the 7 Heavenly Virtues. You can download this helpful resource by going to

Jan 24, 2019
This week we feature an interview recorded for Christian Coaching Magazine by Michael Cheuk. In this interview, Michael interviews Dr. Errin Weisman about her experience with burnout and how she started a coaching practice that helps doctors and working moms to live their best. Errin was trained by Coach Approach Ministries, and we thought you might be interested in her thoughts on burnout and also to see how she is using her coach training to gain the flexibility she desires as a working mom. 
Also, as a note, if you're interested in subscribing to Christian Coaching Magazine, you can do so by going to and paying $15 per year.  This gives you access to amazing articles on coaching and also supports Michael in bringing added value such as through this interview.
Jan 17, 2019

Instead of talking about coaching, Brian and Chad demonstrate coaching. Chad coaches Brian through an upcoming transition, then they debrief the coaching conversation.

Jan 10, 2019

Brian interviews former Special Agent Laura Sanders who worked almost 10 years for the IRS. Laura identifies five areas where the new tax laws will affect you on your next tax filing.

1. Tax Rates Lowered
2. Child Tax Credit Increased
3. Personal Exemptions Eliminated
4. Flat Standard Deduction vs. Itemized Deductions
5. 20% Deduction for Qualified Trade or Business - Section 199A (the most important section for self-employed coaches)
Jan 3, 2019

Brian and Chad discuss what it takes to grow your confidence and credibility as a coach. 

  • A coach needs to understand the foundations of coaching
  • A coach needs to know how to create relationships with clients
  • A coach needs to hone their skills alongside other coaches

All these attributes can be gained through CAM's Certificate in Christian Leadership Coaching

Dec 27, 2018

In this classic rebroadcast of episode #32, Bill Copper gives insight into how to develop setting goals. This podcast has been one of our top downloads over the years!

Dec 20, 2018

Henry  Blackaby "Watch to see where God is working and join Him." Chad Hall and Brian Miller discuss how this influences Christian coaching.

1. Looking for God

2. Identifying snippits of activity

3. Joining the activity

Dec 13, 2018

Master Certified Coach Linda Miller, co-founder of Coach Approach Ministries, joins the podcast to discuss how coaching has impacted her life and how one might be able to coach both in the marketplace and in the ministry field.

You can contact Linda at

Her previous episode was #109 on Coaching Presence.

Dec 6, 2018

Chad Hall says, "You are either cultivating gratitude or resentment." If that's our choice, then we'd better be cultivating gratitude. Brian and Chad share some ideas on how to do this in this podcast.

Nov 29, 2018

Reggie McNeal is a City Coach with Good Cities and a senior fellow at Leadership Network. His book The Present Future was a game changer for a lot of people. He recently joined Good Cities as a City Coach.

Nov 22, 2018
Chad Hall and I talk about a burning topic, "What are some daily/weekly/monthly disciplines for getting clients?"
Here's the list.
  1. Stoke your positivity
  2. Coach somebody
  1. Immerse into your niche
  2. Reach out to someone every day
  1. Visualize your week - Charles Duhigg wrote Smarter, Faster, Better
  2. Make an ask 
  3. Add value (from your immersion)
  1. Read one really good book
  2. Show up somewhere monthly
  3. Develop one sales relationship skill
  4. Reconnect with your purpose
Nov 15, 2018

Chad and Brian talk about group coaching and give four ways to coach a group.

  1. Coach the group as a whole. The group helps process the group.
  2. Coach the group as a whole. Tap into expertise of the group. 
  3. Coach one person in the group. Others stimulated by that. (Jane Creswell describes this in Podcast #86)
  4. Coach one person in the group. Tap expertise in the group.
Nov 8, 2018
Lisa Face, PCC shares her recent experience of getting her PCC from the ICF via the Portfolio application. She gives insights on preparing for the process as well as navigating the complicated application.
Nov 1, 2018

Brian and Chad ask the why question about questions! Hang on to your seats as they dive deep into this issue.

What about questions is so important?
  1. Stirs awareness
  2. Solidifies action 
  3. Moves the process forward
Oct 25, 2018
This week, Brian interviewed Carrie Ellis, LPC and ACC, who is certified to administer the DISC Assessment. Carrie talks about all-things DISC and talk about her assessment of Brian! Care to make a prediction of Brian's DISC?
If you want more from Carrie, you can find her at
Oct 18, 2018

Brian declares that his biggest learning from coach training beyond coaching skills is a better understanding of partnership. Brian and Chad unpack this concept.

Oct 11, 2018

Peter Reding drafted the original core competencies for the ICF, and they have stood unchanged for almost 20 years! Peter gives us some insight into how the competencies were crafted. At the end, we spend some time talking about how the competencies might be applied to leadership.

You can find out more about Peter at

Oct 4, 2018

With the recent publishing of Chad's new Ebook The Language of Life and Business Coaching, we decided to talk about the why, what, and how of publishing an Ebook.

Sep 27, 2018

LC Etheridge just achieved the highest level of coaching, receiving the MCC from the International Coach Federation. She says this was more of a transformation of herself rather than an achievement of work.

In the podcast, she says that an Olympic athlete can't start working out and eating right a few weeks before the competition. To be the best coach, you have to start living like the best coach.

A few influences she mentioned:

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg


Comedian Michael Jr.

Sep 20, 2018

Framework coaching creates a way for the coach to bring some expertise into the coaching. This helps the coach create a healthy way to market coaching.

1. The framework comes out of listening to a number of clients in a particular niche.

2. The framework may suggest the topic for the client.

3. The framework may be linear or topical.

4. The framework does not provide the solution but creates awareness around an issue critical to the client's niche.

5. The framework provides a plethora of true statements that can be shared as appropriate.

6. Framework coaching makes it easier to attract clients.

Sep 13, 2018
Diane Ingram, a certified and PCC credentialed coach and coach trainer who is also a spiritual song writer and had her own TV show. 
Diane shares with us four areas of personal development and how to coach each area.
  1. Emotional
  2. Physical
  3. Spiritual
  4. Mental
Contact Info:
Sep 6, 2018

Chad and Brian give three answers to the question "How is Christian Coaching Different?"

1. It's not.

Coaching is a profession like cooking and plumbing. The basic skills are not any different than regular old coaching.

2. There are similarities and differences.

The basic skills are the same, but we bring the power of the Holy Spirit. We bring concepts like forgiveness and redemption. We have a different view of what makes a person human. We know there is a purpose to life.

3. It's totally different.

This is where people get into trouble calling what they do coaching. If it's totally different, it isn't coaching.

Aug 30, 2018

My guest today is Rev Dr Joel Oliver, Founder and Senior Pastor of Trinity Assembly of God church in STL Mo. He is the President of Insight Coaching STL. And he is also the Executive Director & Dean of City Bible Institute.

What are the essential elements for the staff/team to lean in to coaching from their leader?

  1. Coach training for each staff member
  2. Individual coaching for each staff member
  3. Established a Coaching Agreement with each team.
  4. Restructured hiring and firing.
You can reach Joel at his website:
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