Life Coaching

What Is Life Coaching?

Coaching equips you to move from where you are to where God wants you to be. It will help you expand your vision, build confidence, unlock potential, and take practical steps toward your goals. While counseling deals with overcoming painful, confusing, and troublesome events or challenges from the past, coaching is proactive - looking ahead. It is not about healing, but about growing. Coaching will enable you to become aware of what God appears to be doing around you. It will help you discover your gifts and the opportunities God has given you. A coach will partner with you to help clarify your calling, discover your vision, and develop an action plan.

The areas of professional Christian counseling and Christian life coaching do overlap. Both may help you with a level of self-awareness and problem-solving. They both work by the direction of the Holy Spirit using scriptural principles to guide the process. Often, the two go hand-in-hand. A counselor may lead you to heal by identifying and overcoming struggles, then transition you to a life coach to dream a new dream for the future and pursue that dream with a renewed passion! Likewise, a good coach may determine that it is in your best interest to meet with a counselor to process the past in order to be in a healthier place to pursue God’s plan for your life.

Do You Need a Life Coach?

If your answer is yes to any of the statements below, Life Coaching may be just what you need.

  • You are stuck, looking for a way to move forward in life, but not sure how.
  • You are in a transition. Even if it is a positive one, change sometimes requires re-tooling for the next season.
  • You are trying to reach a goal, vision, or dream for the future, but just not quite sure what your next step should be.
  • You have lost momentum. You need a coach to help get back on track and keep you accountable for what you say you value.
  • You feel like God is leading you to that “next thing,” but you need support and clarity as to what it is as you pursue it.

Life Coaches

Jana McDonnell

Life Coach, AACC

Jana grew up in the greater Jackson area and resides in Madison. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and minor in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Mississippi College and has more recently earned an Advance Certification in Life Coaching from the American Association of Christian Counselors. Jana worked in the field of business operations for over 30 years and was Director of Operations for a national franchising company for the last 10 of those 30 years. She has been an active member of Broadmoor Baptist Church since 1986, serving in various ministry roles. Jana and her husband, Tom, have been married for 31 years and have 2 grown daughters.

Jana believes God created each one of us for a unique, divine purpose. Her passion is to help people discover their God-given potential and develop an action plan to pursue it. She helps clients create a clear vision for the future that will move them from where they are to where they want to be. Jana believes that every individual is uniquely valuable with distinctive gifting, history, and call. Christian principles are used as a foundation for goal setting and problem-solving, creating motivation, and reinforcing core values. As a coach, she will come alongside the client, asking questions and formulating options that may have been dismissed or never considered. Guided by the Holy Spirit and supported with prayer, the client will identify goals and develop action steps to strategically move them forward toward their goals while learning to release anything holding them back from their dreams.

Preston Crowe

Counseling Pastor
Director, The Center for Hope and Healing

Dr. Preston Crowe is a native of Louisiana, with a heart for ministering to the body of Christ, specifically in the areas of marriage and family, healing, and recovery. Preston holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Mississippi College. He gained a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, a Masters Degree in Christian Education, and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling--all from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Preston has served in various capacities as a Pastor, College Professor, and Licensed Professional Counselor. He is currently a Board Certified Christian Counselor, Board Certified Pastoral Counselor, and a Certified Life Coach through the American Association of Christian Counselors.

He and his wife, Jennifer, teach marriage, parenting, and leadership seminars in churches and other organizations. They have five children: Mason, Dawson, Colton, Ashlyn, and Bella, and serve as foster parents as well. His hobbies include hiking, camping, kayaking, and music. Preston also often blogs for The Center for Hope and Healing. CLICK HERE to read the blog posts or watch the videos on our Facebook page.

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