Rhonda Hacker has an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lake Superior University.
She earned a 4.0 at Cornerstone University and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry Leadership.
She has received her Coaches training from Professional Christian Coaching Institute.
Rhonda is Pastor Mark's wife and has worked alongside him in Ministry for over 20 years.
Helping people find healing and living from a place of greater joy, peace, and freedom is her heart’s desire. If you are ready to make progress in any area of your life, contact the church office.
& flexible hours as needed.
What is Life Coaching?
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
A coach is a collaborative partner, not a hired expert. A coach is not a consultant, mentor, counselor, or adviser because he or she is non-directive. We say that coaching is done “from the inside out” rather than “from the outside in”.
Coaches have no agenda, no personal investment in a client taking one path versus another. Instead, coaches will listen for and focus on the gap between where a client is now and where the client senses God is calling them to be.
Coaching is the art of asking powerful questions that prompt clients to think about things they’ve never considered before, or may have dismissed as impossible.
A really good coach is masterful at “staying in the questions”, prompting clients to listen to and express their hearts & minds, their core values — what Scripture would call “the desires of their hearts.” Coaches then challenge clients to move proactively toward the clarified vision that results from such non-directive exploration.
What is the difference between coaching and counseling?
Counselors and therapists are, like consultants, hired for their expertise. They have specialized training in such things as healthy communication, good parenting, effective social skills, mental/emotional & spiritual health, and the like. They are skilled in uncovering underlying reasons for dysfunction and debilitating conditions such as depression, anxiety, and other mood and thought disorders.
Coaching is about stability and growth rather than dysfunction and healing. Whereas psychotherapy & counseling are primarily about the past and present, coaching is primarily about the future.
A person in need of healing is not yet ready for coaching and should be referred to a therapist. There are more basic issues to be addressed before they can effectively pursue greater fulfillment.
What is the difference between coaching and discipleship?
As with consultants, counselors, and mentors, a discipler has considerable experience from which to draw in helping persons make desired change. A Christian who disciples is mature in the faith and is able to impart that faith to others – to instruct them in the tenets of our faith, its moral code, spiritual disciplines of the faith, and the like.
Discipleship is tremendously helpful, and coaching in no way replaces it, but the mode and methods of people-helping are dramatically different.
Discipleship is more of an “outside-in” model of people-helping versus the “inside-out” of coaching. Coaching is non-directive, non-advisory, non-instructional. It is inquisitive, exploratory, genuinely curious.
A coach could not possibly be an “expert” on the things around which they coach because no one could be an expert on someone else’s future. No one could know what someone else’s life path should be; what their core values are, their sense of life purpose or calling, their unique giftings, their passions, etc.
Clients are often not aware of these things either, but the assumption of coaching is that the answers they seek are to be found within themselves and their individual walk with God.
Romans 11:29 states “…God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” It doesn’t say we will necessarily discern those gifts and calling, nor fulfill them – it just says they’re inside of us and they’re not going to be taken back.
A Christian coach helps clients discern and then fulfill what God has uniquely placed within them.
Proverbs 20:5 captures this beautifully: “The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.”