*You can call us anytime to discuss this training, talk about financial payments/discounts and ask all your questions. We are currently registering students for class which begins January 16 and the deadline is January 9, 2018. Check this course out on our BRAND NEW WEBSITE, Relationship Coach Training.

What is Cultivate?

This is a coach training program that equips you to impact others whether you choose to be a life coach or care for people as you volunteer, pastor, counsel, mentor others. This program will launch you as a professional relationship coach, to effectively coach relationships, and (if you choose) to apply to come on board as a coach/facilitator with The Family Greenhouse. This program is taught from a Christian worldview (here’s what we believe) and infers a reliance on God to do the work, a desire to seek Scripture for truths about helping people, and the humility to serve the Lord in this way.

This program provides you with 60 hours of work (48 hours synchronous {live interaction}) so you are able to pursue International Coach Federation credentials. At this time, this program is not yet accredited through ICF.

You will be challenged from various angles in this 16-week program. This course is offered completely via live video, with many opportunities for class participation (audio and visual) as well as group work. This class is limited to 10 students and is taught by Scott and Abigail Doust.

Our next course is on the calendar! Join us Tuesday evenings from January 16, 2018 – May 15, 2018.

  • Understanding of the uniqueness of coaching
  • Mastery of the Christian Coach Model
  • Experience developing powerful questions
  • Mastery of ICF Competencies
  • Equipped with skills in Christian coaching, including use of Scripture and spiritual discernment
  • Understanding of DISC Personality
  • Certified as a Prepare/Enrich Facilitator
  • Experience being coached for six sessions
  • Practice coaching others
  • Completed four recorded coaching sessions (for certification)
  • 60 hours completed course work (48 of those as synchronous hours over 16 weeks)

Each class will include:

  • Connection about the process of learning to coach effectively
  • Discussion of homework concepts
  • Application of ICF competencies
  • Practice, model, critique coaching sessions with each other
*Please note: some instruction will happen via videos and books throughout the week. Class time is discussion, interaction and hands-on practice with coaching.
*Please be on time and ready to focus. Put aside other devices, pets and children that may distract you.
*In the event you have to miss class, we understand. You are permitted 2 absences if you need them. Class may be recorded and you could listen to what you missed. However, it is important to attend most classes because you need live, synchronous hours to count toward your ICF certification. And you won't want to miss it anyway! 🙂

Homework will include:
  • Read assigned books, articles, and papers
  • Write 4mat papers or short answers about the week’s homework
  • Participate on our discussion board
  • Be coached by a professional Family Greenhouse coach 3 times (and write a short evaluation of the session)
  • Be coached by a professional business coach 2 times
  • Coach a classmate 3 times (and record a session, write a short evaluation of each session)
  • Coach 2 separate people and submit recordings for review and feedback
  • Conduct a 45-minute personality workshop for 5-10 people
  • After Prepare-Enrich Training, go over the assessment with a couple


Module 1: 8 weeks of coach training

  • Introduction to Coaching
  • Overview of the ICF Competencies
  • Overview of Christian Coaching Model
  • Understanding personality and using the knowledge in coaching
  • Understanding emotional Intelligence and using the knowledge in coaching
  • Understanding boundaries and using the knowledge in coaching
  • Understanding the administrative side of coaching

Module 2: 4 weeks of marriage coach training

  • How is relationship coaching different from life coaching?
  • Tools for effective relationship coaching
  • Prepare/Enrich Certification

Module 3: 4 weeks of the business and ministry of coaching with us

  • Background and foundation of The Family Greenhouse
  • Using The Family Greenhouse model
  • Conducting a workshop
  • Getting clients from the workshop
  • Marketing and networking
  • Review and preparation for ministry


How much does it cost?

The entire 16-week program is only $1600! Your church may scholarship you by donating to The Family Greenhouse and making a note for the money to go toward your program.

The program can be paid for in 2 or 4 installments (or $200 monthly beginning in May) to make it easier for you to participate. Please contact us for more information.

Contact us for discount codes if a scholarship has been provided to lower your costs.

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Required and Recommended Texts

Required Texts (borrow or buy, paper or Kindle):

  1. Christian Coaching: Helping Others Turn Potential into Reality, 2nd Edition-Revised and Expanded, by Gary R. Collins Ph.D., NAVPRESS / 2009.
  2. Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills. 2008, Tony Stoltzfus.
  3. Marriage Coaching: Heart, Hope and Skills for a Great Relationship. 2011. By Jeff and Jill Williams.
  4. Emotional Intelligence 2.0. by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves. 2009
  5. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life. 1992, by Henry CloudJohn Townsend.
  6. So You’re Unique! What’s Your Point? 2006. By Mels Carbonell (UniquelyYou.com for new)
  7. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert. May 5, 2015, by John Gottman Ph.D. and Nan Silver.

Recommended Texts (optional)

  1. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being 2012 by Martin E. P. Seligman 
  2. Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching by Biswas-Dinier
  3. Relationship Coaching: The theory and practice of coaching with singles, couples and parents. By Yossi Ives, Elaine Cox
  4. Your Life in Rhythm. 2013.  By Bruce B. Miller
  5. The Art of Asking: Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers2008. by Terry J. Fadem.
  6.  Boundaries in Marriage, by Henry Cloud John Townsend.  2009, Harper Collins
  7. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. By Charles Duhigg
  8. Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling: A Guide to Brief Therapy. 2005 By Everett L. Worthington Jr.
  9. How to Solve the People Puzzle, Understanding Personality. 2008 by Mels Carbonell
  10. Why You Do the Things You Do: The Secret to Healthy Relationships. 2006 by Tim Clinton and Gary Sibcy


It all comes down to calendar sometimes. Here’s the skinny:

Class meets online Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:30 pm central time. We start on January 16 and finish on May 15, off March 13 & April 3 for Spring Break and Easter.

You are permitted to miss 2 classes if you need to, and you can watch those classes afterward.

Ready to join us? We are ready for you! Contact us if you have questions or want to talk more.

For immediate help in registering for this course, contact Courtney.