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What's the difference in coaching and spiritual direction?

Coaching is a partnering relationship between the coach and client to explore the client's goals. You can read the International Coaching Federation's description of coaching here. It's focus is on creating future steps in the present reality. Coaching helps the client explore possibilities, set a goal, and consider practical ways forward.

Spiritual direction, also called spiritual accompaniment, is not goal-oriented, but rather process-driven. The spiritual director, more a companion than a directive mentor, provides sacred listening in a safe space to help the directee become more aware of God's presence and communication. It's focus is on the present moment. Spiritual direction helps the client articulate their spiritual journey, pay attention to Divine Presence, and consider rhythms that align them with God's desire.

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