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  • Writer's pictureJustin Tilghman, Ph.D.

A Biblical Perspective on Life Coaching

As many individuals seek support and guidance in their personal and professional lives, the question arises: is life coaching compatible with biblical principles? This is a complex question that requires a nuanced understanding of both life coaching and the Christian faith.



On the one hand, life coaching can be seen as a valuable tool for personal growth and development, aligning with biblical teachings on self-improvement and self-care. The Bible encourages individuals to care for their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being and to strive for excellence in all areas of life. In this sense, life coaching can be seen as a means of putting these biblical principles into practice.


However, it's also important to consider the potential pitfalls of life coaching and whether its methods and philosophies align with biblical principles. Some life coaches may prioritize self-promotion and success over spiritual values and moral principles, which could lead individuals away from a biblical worldview.


Additionally, some life coaches may rely on human wisdom and self-help techniques rather than on the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

To determine whether life coaching is biblical, it's important to consider the individual coach's specific values, methods, and philosophies. You can read mine here. Christians should seek coaches who align with biblical principles and prioritize spiritual growth, moral integrity, and reliance on God's wisdom.


Whether life coaching is biblical is complex, requiring a nuanced understanding of both life coaching and the Christian faith. While life coaching can be a valuable tool for personal growth and development, Christians should be cautious and seek coaches who align with biblical principles and values. With discernment and wisdom, Christians can use life coaching to put biblical principles into practice and grow in their relationship with God.


I coach from a biblical worldview, and my faith informs my coaching practice. If that's what you're looking for in a coach, consider working with me today!

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Justin is a Board Certified Advanced Life Coach with the Board of Christian Life Coaching, a division of the International Board of Christian Care and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has demonstrated knowledge and application of biblical integration in coaching, the ICCA and ICF Core Competencies, the Code of Ethics, and the ICF definition of coaching.

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Justin is a Board Certified Master Mental Health Coach with the Board of Mental Health Coaching, a division of the International Board of Christian Care and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has demonstrated knowledge and application of biblical integration in providing ethical and competent mental health coaching.

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