Spiritual Growth: An Exploration of "Radical Coaching" at Grace Covenant Worship Center
ABSTRACT CLEO MARK BOYD SPIRITUAL GROWTH: AN EXPLORATION OF “RADICAL COACHING” AT GRACE COVENANT WORSHIP CENTER Under the direction of DR. DENISE MASSEY, Ph.D. Many Christians are experiencing stagnation in his or her movement through the stages of faith. Studies indicate that a significant number of church attendees are experiencing feelings of dissatisfaction in spiritual growth that might be the result of an inner wall or gap that is hindering development. The Radical Coaching process was created and designed with the goal of facilitating a renewed sense of satisfaction in faith development. This study measures how the Radical Coaching process affected the self-perception of spiritual growth in clients who were coached using the Radical Coaching conversational flow. A qualitative methodology was used in the study. Four clients, who attend Grace Covenant Worship Center, were coached for six sessions over three months to measure the effectiveness of the Radical Coaching process to facilitate a self-perception of progressive faith development. Clients participated in semi-structured entrance and exit interviews to allow participants to give his or her insights and perceptions of spiritual growth and the success of the Radical Coaching process. Clients responses indicate that the Radical Coaching process is beneficial in promoting feelings of satisfaction in spiritual growth. All four clients stated that xii participation in the coaching process increased her or his ability to discern the Voice Within and create effective action plans for faith development. Clients stated a renewed self-perception of satisfaction with his or her movement in spiritual growth and stated a desire to participate in further Radical Coaching sessions should the opportunity be offered. Further study should be conducted in using the Radical Coaching conversational flow in other contexts inside and outside of the church. Radical Coaching may be incorporated into the discipleship efforts of the church as well as leadership development. Contexts outside of the church, such as business, executive leadership training, and education could be opportunities for further study of how Radical Coaching can facilitate forward movement in growth.
Boyd, Cleo Mark