Why should I become a Grip-Birkman Coach?

Grip-Birkman coaches have the distinct privilege of helping people to better understand their personal interests, behaviors, needs, decision making processes, organizational strengths, and spiritual gifts. This helps them become more effective in stewarding their unique mix of natural and supernatural strengths for the growth of the Kingdom and the glory of God. As a Grip-Birkman coach, you have the opportunity to not only give people language to better describe themselves, but also help them discover how they may more fully experience power, joy, and fruit by serving in capacities for which they are spiritually gifted. Grip-Birkman coaches help others say with the Psalmist, “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14).

“The transformation of one’s life and the renewing of one’s mind are designed to take place in the framework of body-life relationships. That’s God’s design” (Paul Ford, Moving from I to We, p. 164). The Grip-Birkman is a tool that helps people in this process of transformation and renewal, and it is done in the framework of relationships.

Should you decide to become a Grip-Birkman coach, the training  will be done in the context of relationships, with mutual giving and receiving before, during, and after the training event.

When and where are the next available coaches training dates?

For a current listing of upcoming events, including Coaches Training Events, please click here.
If you would like to discuss a possible training in your area, please contact us.

Who should consider becoming a Grip-Birkman Coach?

Consider becoming a Grip-Birkman Coach if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Leaders of teams, churches (including pastors) and other organizations who want to understand how this tool can build cohesiveness in their teams.
  • Mentors and life coaches who want to use the Grip-Birkman in individual coaching and mentoring.
  • Church leaders who want to use the Grip-Birkman to help church members grow in self-awareness for excellent fit for maximum kingdom impact.
  • Leaders of small groups who want to help their members grow through a deeper understanding of spiritual gifts and other facets of their uniqueness.
  • Leaders in churches who can provide individual coaching and counseling for people.
  • Regional denominational leaders who want to use the Grip-Birkman to help grow people in their regions and help churches grow healthier.
  • Directors of non-profits who are looking for an effective tool to build staff cohesion.
  • Church planter assessors.
  • Teachers, administrators, or guidance counselors who desire to equip and assist students in furthering their life training.
  • Spiritual Formation Leader for college or seminary students. 

What does the Grip-Birkman Coach registration fee include?

The registration fee for Grip-Birkman coach training is $525.00. This fee includes:

  1. The Grip-Birkman Component Level report.

  2. A pre-training coaching session with a Grip-Birkman coach.

  3. Three-and-a-half days of training.

  4. A training manual.

  5. Coffee, snacks, and lunches.

  6. Follow-up New Coach Connection.  This is an opportunity to follow-up on the learning and sharing your initial experiences as a coach.

Travel, lodging, and your evening meals are not included.

How will I get the most out of my Grip-Birkman Coach training experience?

The process of this training begins before you arrive at the workshop and continues after the training event is over. Training to become a Grip-Birkman coach is multi-dimensional: learning more about yourself with the help of your trainer, understanding the power and scope of the Grip-Birkman tool, and developing skills to coach others through their Grip-Birkman. Becoming a Grip-Birkman coach is not an event; it is a relational process.

What will I need to do to prepare for the training workshop?

What will I need to do to prepare for the training workshop?

  1. Register for the Grip-Birkman coach-training workshop at www.churchsmart.com.

  2. Take the Grip-Birkman assessment.  Your login will be sent to you upon registration.

  3. Print your Grip-Birkman (GB) report.

  4. Read and reflect on your report.  Make observations and raise questions as directed by your training. Compose a list of your Top Ten Ah-Ha’s from reading your report.

  5. Recruit a minimum of 2-3 people who will want to have you coach them through their GB report after you have been trained.

  6. Recommended reading:

    Knocking Over the Leadership Ladder, by Paul Ford
    I to We, by Paul Ford
    Transformissional Coaching, by Tim Roehl
    Coaching Questions, by Tony Stoltzfus

What will the trainer do to help me become a Grip-Birkman Coach?
  1. Coach you through your personal GB report prior to the training.

  2. Lead a three-and-a-half day training session to teach you about the tool, about coaching, and about using the GB to help others understand who they are naturally and supernaturally and how that impacts their personal, professional, and Body-life relationships.

  3. Coach, teach, listen, respond, and support you to the best of his or her ability.

  4. Be available to answer questions after your training event.

How can I continue my training process after the training event is finished?
  1. Use the 30-day GB coaches journal to help you process what you have learned. (Provided at no cost.)

  2. Coach 2-3 people through their GB report within the first six months.

  3. Continue a relationship with a peer-trainee to support one another throughout the first year. Your discussions could include feedback from the GB journal entries as well as questions that arise about coaching skills and understanding the GB tool as you begin coaching others.

  4. Participate in the on-line webinars to continue your learning experience. (Webinars are free to GB coaches.)

  5. Learn how others are using the GB and what they are experiencing as GB coaches via the GB coaches website.

  6. Join a monthly Coaches Café for relevant and inspiring discussions on using the GB assessment tool in a variety of relational and missional contexts.

  7. Participate in annual and regional GB events which include User Groups and other gatherings (both online and face-to-face).

  8. Beginning the year after your training, pay an annual license renewal fee of $79 to receive these benefits:

    1. Access to GB Coaches Resource page including training tools, recorded webinars, and promotional pieces.

    2. Webinars for on-going training and resourcing.

    3. ChurchSmart resource discounts, especially the Grip-Birkman assessments.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

The following Leadership Team representatives are available to answer your questions:

Greg Langman, greg@lightpoints.org; 905-537-9800

John Blake, John.BlakeGB@gmail.com  253-347-7258

Lois Hoogeveen, loishoogeveen@gmail.com 605-359-2498