Relationship- and Marriage coaching are important niches for coaching professionals. The books and resources below will help you get started and get more effective.
Marriage Coaching

Heart, Hope and Skills for a Great Relationship

by Jeff and Jill Williams
Foreword by Tony Stoltzfus
212 pages, softcover
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Combining years as marriage coaches with an extensive background in counseling and therapy, Jeff and Jill Williams’ book, Marriage Coaching: Heart, Hope & Skills for a Great Relationship is a resource that can breathe new life into a struggling marriage, or serve as a must-have resource for those interested in coaching other couples to a better relationship.

Within its pages, Jeff and Jill show exactly what marriage coaching is, explain what it means to have your marriage as the client, lay out the essential ingredients for your marriage to be great and give the practical steps on how to coach your marriage. This fresh approach to building and sustaining a great marriage relationship is followed by practical instruction in the heart and skills needed in the areas of effective listening, goal setting, and support, encouragement and accountability. A bonus chapter on Crisis Management is included at the end of the book for those relationships needing immediate help.

Price $16.95
Table Topics Dinner Party Game
TableTopics: Dinner Party
Questions to Start Great Conversations
4" Acrylic Cube, 135 cards
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Here's a great conversational game for sharing with friends--or the coach in your life! Each TableTopics set includes 135 question cards in a sleek acrylic cube. Use these ice-breaker questions to liven up a party, foster significant conversations, or just have fun. Pick a card, ask the question and let the conversation begin!

The Dinner Party Set is perfect for breaking the ice and getting your dinner guests sharing and laughing with each other.

Price $25.00

Bringing Coaching to the Church

by Tony Stoltzfus

Coaching has enough of a buzz surrounding it that it seems to be cropping up all over the place in today’s church. While that’s exciting news, it also means that people are being called “coaches” when they aren’t even sure what coaching really is. How exactly do you define “coaching”, how do you distinguish it from mentoring or discipling, and how do you get those differences across to people in your church?

First, it helps to have a good working definition of coaching. One line I often use is, “Coaching is the discipline of helping people grow without telling them what to do.” I use that definition to distinguish it from the “telling” mode most of us minister in. Another way to define coaching is to reference the image of a personal trainer. “Pro athletes have a personal trainer to help them maximize their athletic performance. Having a coach is like having a personal trainer for every area of your life.” This is a good image to use to help people see the benefits of coaching.

It also helps to contrast coaching with other disciplines...

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pro-active parent coaching by Gregory Bland
Pro-Active Parent Coaching
Capturing the Heart of Your Child
by Gregory Bland
Forward by Tony Stoltzfus
174 pages

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This wonderfully-practical manual shows how to apply the coaching approach to Christian parenting. Filled with sample coaching dialogs, practice exercises and feedback from youth about how the coaching approach has impacted them, author Greg Bland shows how valuing your kids' hearts through listening and asking can transform your relationships. Written by a coach who has actually done this in his own family, this book doesn't just tell you about parent coaching: it trains you to do it.

Price $19.95