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Building a Strong Coaching Practice From Roots to Fruits

I don't know about you, but I love ripping the top page of my paper calendar straight off its foundation. I love it. I love crossing out the days and I love ripping last month off and being just set up for something fresh and new. So that's what we're doing in these next several episodes. This is the greenhouse series and, as you may know, I offer a course online called The Greenhouse, where I train you to become a Christian Life Coach. Not that you have to start a ministry or have an outright Christian business or only work with Christians. It's just about being a Christian who has a helping-hearted calling to be a coach and guide others into transformation and a future filled with hope, both for you and them. And you want to be equipped with tools and knowledge about how to coach and you want to know what's needed in order to create a coaching business and set up your practice quick, easy and cheap. So we're going to be talking about all of this, the process of it, in this series. We're going to cover everything from the root system to the pruning of the fruit. And if you're interested in building a business and knowing what you need to know to actually get started coaching people, then you can always jump into the greenhouse course. But I hope that right now, this series just gives you a foundational understanding of like the simplest layout of how to do with this, with Jesus, do it from a place of peace and rest and full of hope.

So let's talk about the greenhouse first. What is the point of a greenhouse? Well, it's where you plant a seed because it stabilizes the growing environment. So the seed growth is actually promoted through warmth and moisture, right Sun and water, but it's protected. So basically, a seed has a better chance at rooting and developing when it has everything that's needed to grow. And a greenhouse helps in ways that you can't really see or imagine, because it's a place where you can experiment and create and nurture anything with extreme focus. So the greenhouse in general provides the support, care, shelter, a place of reflection and basically just the perfect conditions for anything that you want to plant and grow. And for best results, you plant a seed in the greenhouse before you transfer it either to a pot or into the ground so that it gets all of the attention and focus it deserves to develop kind of that just strong root system that will, you know, allows it to hold what will one day be a tree full of fruit, you know, tall and wide and able to hold everything it can possibly produce. And I believe it's best to transfer it to let it live by the living waters, like in Jeremiah 17.8.

It says there are like trees plant. They are like trees planted along a riverbank with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat, they're not worried by long months of drought, their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit. And you and I friend want to be those kind of trees. So taking the greenhouse life coach training and certification course is kind of like planting the seed in the greenhouse and nurturing it. It's where you take the seed that's in your heart of this coach calling and put it in the soil. That mix is mixed just right to create the foundation for you to take root in.

And it's a little scary. When you plant a seed, if you think about it, you take something that's really important to you and you bury it so that you can't see it. It's no longer invisible. It's there in your mind but not to your eyes, and it's it makes me think of that movie, faith, like Potatoes. I don't know if you've ever seen that, but you, basically, you have to plant something and hope that it's going to take root and grow so that the provision you need from it comes. But you're not going to know until later, right? So if you plant potatoes, you don't know for a very long time. If potatoes are going to grow, you don't know what your crop is going to be like. If you're a potato farmer, like in the movie, right?

So I love the thought of an oak tree, how everything that's made needed to make a huge oak tree become old and fruitful later is all contained inside a tiny little acorn. And that acorn must go into the soil and die, right Biblical. It has to crack open so that it's possible for what's inside of it to come up and out and turn into more than an acorn. You've probably heard the scripture in John 12, you know verily, I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. So when a seed dies, it opens up and it produces what is necessary to grow something new which will produce many seeds. It goes on to say anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. So no seed is supposed to stay a seed, because the original nature of a seed is to fall to the ground, open, die and bear more seed. So the purpose and design is that it would transform into something else that bears more fruit and therefore more seeds, culminating in multiplication.

This is what you long for as a coach, both for your clients and for yourself. Right, like you want growth and transformation and change and fruitfulness and multiplication. You want a legacy as an oak of righteousness, and in Isaiah 61.3, they will be called Oaks of Righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor. So we're doing all of this to reveal the God that we serve, the Creator, who made us our good Father in Heaven to the rest of the world, by showing up in the thing he called us to do. And oak trees they're evergreen, they have deep, deep root systems so that they can withstand storms, and their wood is known for strength and the ability to resist destruction. So this seed of your calling can grow into an oak of righteousness that endures, that remains in faith, that's rooted in Christ and secure in the storms. So also think about the fact that trees have been part of the story from the beginning, right the beginning of the earth and the garden, through the cross, as in Acts 5.30, where it says the God of our Father's Waste Jesus, whom you killed by hanging Him on a tree, all the way to Revelation 22.3, where the word says that in the Holy City there will be the tree of life with its 12 kinds of fruit yielding its fruit each month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Trees are a structure of provision, like in addition to strength and endurance. So this tree of your calling can provide a path for you through the creation and growth of your calling, becoming a career and a coaching business. So think of the greenhouse, like your heart and your mind, the place where you cultivate the dreams and the ideas you have about your calling as a coach. It's where you journal and pray and imagine and learn and feel the nourishment and the support you need. It is the place of longing in your spirit to do what you're made to do. So you long to help others plant their own seeds, grow strong roots and develop sturdy, steadfast trunks and branches, and ultimately, the point is to bear good fruit. If you're called to be a coach, that's what you want to do with your life. You want to see a skinny little branch develop into something that flowers, that turns into some huge, juicy piece of tasty fruit.

Now for the rest of the series. We're actually gonna talk about growth in all of the stages of your coach calling, from knowing how to focus on the right thing at the right time for the most sustainable growth to what's necessary for a strong root system, like where you start in your coaching business and practice. What do you have to do to kind of develop a strong trunk and grow branches and what good fruit looks like. You know when, ultimately, you're getting results. You have clients you're coaching and in your actually seeing transformation. And then on to wind, multiply, wind to prune and what to avoid along the way.

Keep your eyes and ears open for the Lord to be speaking to you about this, about a strong foundation and a root system. He wants to grow alongside of you. You might be a gardener planting and tending to this seed and I might be a gardener here to guide you, but I'll always point you back to Him because he is our ultimate gardener who wants to teach you and guide you and help you walk it out. So don't forget to invite daily. Invite the Gardener to go into the greenhouse with you, okay.

Transcript from the Christian Life Coach Collective Podcast Episode: #187

Show notes:

They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. Jer 17:8 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:24-26 They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:3 …the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Rev 22:3 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. Acts 5:30

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