Becoming a GRIP-Birkman Coach FAQ

Becoming a Coach is an outstanding opportunity to serve the Body of Christ.  Review the questions below to help you understand the details about being a 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.

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 an 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 nonprofits 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.

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.

The registration fee for GRIP-Birkman coach training includes:

  1. Live interactive training (approximately 20 hrs)
  2. A training manual
  3. Coffee, snacks, and lunches (face-to-face only)
  4. Follow-up New Coach Connection. This is an opportunity to follow-up on the learning and sharing your initial experiences as a coach
  5. Lifetime membership to the GRIP-Birkman community
  6. GRIP and Birkman® portal access to view all reports you order

Cost of the assessment is NOT included.  Travel, lodging, and your evening meals are not included for in person training events.

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.

  1. Register for the GRIP-Birkman coach-training workshop. See Upcoming Events for a current listing.
  2. Re-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.
  3. Recruit a minimum of 2-3 people who will want to have you coach them through their GB report after you have been trained.
  4. 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

  1. Lead the training session to teach you about the tool, about coaching, and about using the GRIP-Birkman to help others understand who they are naturally and supernaturally and how that impacts their personal, professional, and Body-life relationships.
  2. Coach, teach, listen, respond, and support you to the best of his or her ability.
  3. Be available to answer questions after your training event.
  1. Coach 2-3 people through their GRIP-Birkman report within the first 60 days after your training.
  2. Continue a relationship with a peer-coach to support one another throughout the first year.
  3. Participate in the online webinars as available to continue your learning experience. (Many of these are free to GRIP-Birkman coaches.)
  4. Join a monthly Coaches Café for relevant and inspiring discussions on using the GRIP-Birkman assessment tool in a variety of relational and missional contexts.
  5. Participate in annual and regional GRIP-Birkman events which include User Groups and other gatherings (both online and face-to-face).

The following Leadership Team representatives are available to answer your questions:
I to We Support 1-844-512-7801 (toll free) or 1-587-227-6005
Les Bon-Bernard,
Larry Gay,
John Blake,

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