The Essentials of Life Coaching

Our 40-hour introductory course focused on the skills, tools and techniques necessary to make a rapid transition into the field of Christian life coaching.

Your instructors, Lisa Mladinich and Steve Cromer are ICF-certified coaches serving on faculty at Professional Christian Coaching Institute who provide this uniquely Catholic private offering at the Institute.

The curriculum is designed around Dr. Gary Collins’ foundational book, Christian Coaching, and two other outstanding texts. The course is aligned with the standards of both the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Christian Coaches Network International (CCNI).

All classes are taught live, via high-definition Zoom videoconference, and supplemented with home study as well as interactive peer coaching groups meeting each week. In this class you will

  • Master critical distinctions between coaching, counseling, consulting, mentoring, & discipling.
  • Learn the Core Competencies of Coaching as established by the International Coach Federation (ICF).
  • Integrate your Christian faith & worldview into your work with both Christian & non-Christian clients.
  • Develop the skills, tools & techniques necessary for effective coaching practice.
  • Explore Christian coaching principles in Scripture, using these as your basis & mandate for practice.
  • Learn the keys to forming a strong coaching alliance with your clients.
  • Study the latest research behind remarkable personal growth and lasting change.
  • Hear live role play demonstrations & case examples by your instructors – three ICF-certified coaches.
  • Process readings from 3 exceptional texts and get direct answers to your questions.
  • Practice coaching skills live in telephone lab sessions and in class, receiving real-time feedback from instructors.
  • Learn to structure questions in a genuinely exploratory manner to avoid ‘leading’ your clients.
  • Develop the ability to hear beyond your clients’ words through their inflections, pace, energy, & even silence.
  • Become comfortable in confusion, embracing questions in a true spirit of curiosity and discovery.
  • Practice the skill of becoming ‘invisible’ as your clients listen to the Holy Spirit & their God-given desires.
  • Help clients operationalize their visions, setting measurable goals & timelines.
  • Learn empowerment skills to place clients more in-touch with their abilities & resources for dramatic life change.
  • Foster accountability that really works – through you, not to you.
  • Marshal pain & passion – the two great human motivators for change.
  • Understand the stages of personal & spiritual growth, and meet your clients in their own unique stages.
  • Learn what to do with resistance to change, and how to help a client get ‘unstuck.’
  • Identify and work with core values, vision, purpose, & mission.
  • Develop self-monitoring skills in your ‘use of self’ in this contractual, designed relationship.
  • Explore several major niches in Christian coaching to begin specializing in your areas of greatest passion.
  • Experience dramatic personal growth as you work through the very exercises you will use with clients.
  • Catch vision for the future of Christian coaching and how to position yourself in this explosive new field.

October 2022

DAY: Wednesdays
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 PM Eastern
DATES: October 12, 2022 – February 8, 2023 (NOTE: Class will NOT meet on 11/23, 12/21, and 12/28)
INSTRUCTORS: Lisa Mladinich and Steve Cromer

Traditional tuition for Essentials of Life Coaching is $2,000. Students in this private offering are provided a $250 tuition reduction as reflected in the payment options below.


$1,750full pay
  • NO payments


  • $1,405 balance

Deposit plus
4 Monthly Payments

  • $359 monthly

Deposit plus
8 Monthly Payments

  • $189 monthly

Deposit plus
10 Monthly Payments

  • $171 monthly
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Lisa Mladinich, PCC

Lisa Mladinich is an ICF-Certified Life Coach and Gallup-Certified CliftonStrengths® Coach dedicated to helping clients glorify God by living powerfully in their natural talents. It is her conviction and experience that knowing our own unique and unrepeatable design motivates us to better know, love, and serve the Designer.

A best-selling author and media host, Lisa has appeared on EWTN TV’s Women of Grace, Sunday Night Prime, BookMark, and Catholic Mom’s Café, as well as CatholicTV’s This is the Day, the Son Rise Morning Show, The Jennifer Fulwiler Show, Busted Halo, and many other television, radio, and podcast programs.

Lisa hosts the Homeschooling Saints podcast sponsored by Homeschool Connections, as well as a new internet TV program called Wonderfully Made: Your Talents. God’s Purpose.

Lisa is the founder of “Wonderfully Made,” an online membership that includes original strengths-development courses, live events, and mastermind groups. A veteran online educator, she enjoys leading her free book discussion series, “Strengths-Based Marriage,” to help couples thrive as individuals, while calling out the very best in each other. She is on a mission to strengthen the Church, to help it become that bright “city on a hill” that Christ calls us to be.

Lisa has been married to the love of her life, Charlie, for 36 years, and they live in the wilds of suburban Long Island. She is blessed to be an instructor for the RCIA program at her parish, St. Patrick’s, Huntington.

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Steve Cromer, DMin, PCC

After 30 years of pastoral ministry in thriving churches, Steve took up the calling of a coach to focus on the aspect of ministry he loved most – helping others to deepen their emotional maturity in Jesus so as to significantly alter the way they engage their family, social and work settings. His specialty is in helping those who lead in those settings to better manage their anxiety so they can function at a high level without the stress of overfunctioning.

An entrepreneur from his childhood days, Steve launched Steve Cromer Coaching, Inc in 2013 while still a student at PCCI. While growing this life and leadership coaching company to a six-figure business in less than two years, one of Steve’s clients – a restaurant chain called Eggs Up Grill – so impressed him that he bought a franchise that he operates with his wife alongside of his coaching practice!

Steve enjoys leading workshops for churches, state agencies, and for a number of companies, including Edward Jones Investments, as well as companies in the areas of manufacturing, medicine and education (these feed his ever-present preaching/teaching bug).

He is credentialed as Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and is also a Certified Executive and Leadership Development Coach and a Certified Brain-Based Success Coach from ICF accredited schools. As an Authorized Partner of Everything DiSC and a certified administrator of the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis, Steve uses these powerful tools to create awareness and further learning with individuals and teams.

Steve holds a doctorate from Erskine Seminary in the area of Bowen Family Systems Theory and Trinitarian Theology. He completed clinical work at Duke University Medical Center, Wake Medical Center, and Virginia Baptist Hospital. He currently resides in Rock Hill, SC with his wife, Geneva. They have four sons, three daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.

Visit his coaching website at: and come eat at his restaurant!

Christian Coaching (2nd Edition)
by Dr. Gary Collins

Co-Active Coaching (4th Edition)
by Laura Whitworth et al

Becoming a Professional Life Coach (2nd Edition)
by Dr. Patrick Williams & Diane S. Menendez

Due to the specially-discounted tuition on these private offerings, other offers, promotions, and discounts are NOT eligible with this course registration.

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