Welcome to Professional Christian Coaching Today with Chris McCluskey and Kim Avery, a weekly podcast dedicated to informing, inspiring, and equipping Christians in the art and science of professional-grade Christian coaching. Along with cutting-edge content, you'll hear great interviews with guests such as Dan Miller, Michael Hyatt, Dr. Gary Collins, Kary Oberbrunner, Dr. Marilee Adams, Dr. Richard Swenson, C.J. Hayden and more. Our goal is to raise the standard in coaching and change the world.
Mission Critical Leadership #352
Now, more than ever, we need leaders who can lead in all
directions. Leaders who can lead in ministry and in the
marketplace, during our very volatile, uncertain, complex,
and ambiguously changing times. Great partnerships
between leaders and coaches are critical in making the
world a better place.
Listen in as Kim and her guest, Jon Lockhorst, discuss a
coach-approach to leadership, and hear how to:
• Overcome the challenges in leadership that stem from
learned skills, habits, and behaviors, so you can
acquire the mindset you need to lead in all directions.
• Manage the different kinds of investments that come
with broader responsibilities in organizations, so you
can step into leadership roles with confidence.
• Walk away with the awareness of life and leadership
coaching skills that help equip powerful leaders so
they can positively impact the world
About Jon Lockhorst
Jon Lokhorst, CPA, PCC, is a leadership coach, keynote
speaker, corporate trainer, and author of the new
book, Mission-Critical Leadership: How Smart Managers
Lead Well in All Directions. He works with organizations to
develop leaders everyone wants to follow, build teams no
one wants to leave, and deliver exceptional results. Before
launching Lokhorst Consulting LLC, Jon enjoyed a 30-plus
year career as a CPA, CFO, and organizational leader. He
has a Master’s in Organizational Leadership and is
recognized by the International Coach Federation as a
Professional Certified Coach. He also serves as adjunct
faculty in the School of Business and Nonprofit
Management at North Park University. Jon is a member of
the National Speakers Association and serves as
President-Elect of the Minnesota chapter. On a personal
note, Jon loves grandparenting and being “Papa” to his
four adorable littles, as he calls them.
Contact Jon and pick up a copy of Mission Critical
Leadership here: https://lokhorstconsulting.com
Thriving in a Virtual World #351
Love it or hate, the world has gone virtual. Today’s guest, Jennifer Britton, author of Reconnecting Workspaces, is here to help us navigate these ever-changing virtual waters. Tune in to learn how you and your clients can move from surviving to thriving in virtual, remote, and hybrid spaces.
She’ll help you:
Discover unique pathways that allow you and your clients to have conversations that matter. Pause and ponder what’s next and what’s possible in the face of uncertainty. Move forward with adaptability so you can operate successfully in today’s highly virtual world.
About Jennifer Britton
Coach, author, and thought leader in the area of group and team coaching, Jennifer has also been an early pioneer in the virtual and remote space. Since the early 1990s she’s led teams and programming virtually, first in the international humanitarian sector leading teams for the UN, and later through her company, Potentials Realized, an award-winning coaching skills training company. Virtual, remote, and hybrid work is the focus of her recent TEDx talk, and her latest book series, Reconnecting Workspaces: Pathways to Thrive in the Virtual, Remote, and Hybrid World.
Most days you’ll find Jenn leading a myriad of virtual programs – from remote team coaching sessions, to virtual retreats for business owners, to group coaching programs for entrepreneurs.
She is the author of six books including Reconnecting Workspaces, along with Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010 – the world’s first book to be published on group coaching), From On to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013), Effective Virtual Conversations (2017), and PlanDoTrack Workbook and Planner for Virtual and Remote Professionals (2019).
Jenn’s also the co-host of the Remote Pathways podcast which explores the people, places, and processes of remote work.
She offers a number of ICF CCE-approved programs for coaches in the areas of group and team coaching and virtual conversations.
Learn more about Jennifer’s work at
Money Mindsets & the Christian Coach #350
"What should I charge?" "I feel so awkward quoting my fees," "Is it right for this to be a business or should it be a ministry instead?" Christian coaches often struggle with knowing what to charge and make a profit while still maintaining a servant's heart. Money mindsets are the base of every single business decision, and today, we want to help you know how to better align your mindsets with what God says in His word. Don't miss these great resources:
Free Money Mindsets Quiz to help you uncover the hidden mindsets you already have: www.MoneyMindsets Quiz.com
Money Mindsets Course: An inexpensive on-demand program that will walk you through a God-honoring process to determine what's best for YOU! www.MoneyMindsetsCourse.com
Opening the Mailbox 19 #349
In this powerful episode of Opening the Mailbox, we are taking a deep dive into two important questions. First, we’ll address the changes the ICF recently made in their standards of accreditation for coach training schools. Chris will walk you through a simple, but thorough, explanation so you can be fully informed and fully prepared. Secondly, if you are new to coaching and wondering how to get the word out to family and friends, Kim will explain how to write a “grand opening” letter to announce your coaching business and you’ll get a proven, word-for-word template you can adapt and use as your own.
Pick up your “Grand Opening Letter Template” at the link below as part of The Ultimate Christian Coaching Bundle: www.professionalchristiancoaching.com/letter.
Coaching Athletes: Cultivating Growth Mindset #348
Winning in sports takes more than physical conditioning and mastering a few technical skills. True success comes from the inside out. In today’s episode, Life Coach Erica Vinson shares how coaching can help athletes adopt a growth mindset to overcome their fears, reframe false beliefs, and take new actions so they can achieve better results.
Listen to learn:
How what we are thinking impacts what we are feeling, the actions we take, and the results we get Ways that coaching young people differs from coaching adults Why all three centers of intelligence must be harnessed to create transformational change The importance of visioning to prewire the brain for success
About Erica Vinson:
Erica Vinson is a CPLC and ACC Credentialed Coach. She is the founder of Fear She lives in the Metro East STL area and loves playing golf, waterskiing, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and is especially fond of being an Auntie to her nieces and nephew.
Get your free copy of Evoking Awareness through Three Centers of Intelligence at www.EricaVinson.com
How I Became a Coach with Kris Kelso #347
How I Became a Coach with Kris Kelso
This week we are giving you a rare, behind-the-scenes view of what it really takes to become a professional coach. In this candid interview with Kris Kelso, PCC, you’ll hear the ups and downs, the successes and the mistakes, Kris has experienced in his transition from owning a technology company to becoming an author, entrepreneur, and executive coach.
Tune in to learn the importance of:
Emphasizing mindset more than mechanics
Growing personally as well as professionally
Integrating multiple passions into a portfolio career
Figuring out the blend of services that’s right for you
About Kris Kelso
Kris Kelso, PCC is an entrepreneur who has founded and run multiple companies in the technology and healthcare industries. Today, he works primarily as an executive coach, a keynote speaker, and a contributing author for publications including Fast Company, Yahoo Finance, and The Nashville Business Journal.
His book, “Overcoming The Impostor: Silence Your Inner Critic and Lead with Confidence“, offers entrepreneurs and leaders a practical look at impostor syndrome, and explores that inner voice that downplays our own accomplishments while amplifying those of others.
Kris has coached and consulted with hundreds of entrepreneurs, business owners, and their leadership teams. He is a faculty member at the Professional Christian Coaching Institute, an advisor and instructor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and has served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations.
He is an active member of Cornerstone Nashville, where he serves, teaches, and coaches other leaders. He lives with his wife and three teenaged sons in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee.
Connect with Kris at www.KrisKelso.com.
Coaching Industry Standard
Kim and Mike are the example of preservation of coaching impact as an identified element for personal and group transformation!
This podcast is professionally done. It’s filled with useful, actionable information. Chris and Kim are authentic and personable. I’ve learned a lot and have been motivated to do more. Thank you.
A Rose Among Thorns
Loved the EFM episode. I would say that Kim was “a rose among thorns” for that interview, but all the Entrepreneurial Family Men were so honoring and so much fun to listen to....and the bond they share reminds me of the laughter of the Trinity. If I weren’t already training with PCCI to become a coach, I would sign up immediately after hearing Chris M, Chris N, Mike and Jamie talk about the freedom and fulfillment found in this field, where the harvest is ripe.