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How to Become a Spiritual Coach
By:Matthew Schieltz

A person's spirituality has the potential to affect many other aspects of his life, including relationships and home life, work and health. Becoming a spiritual coach not only helps you deepen your own spiritual life, but the spiritual life of others as well. With millions of dedicated religious individuals, such as Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists, as well as other individuals who have just been introduced to the spiritual realm, ample opportunity exists to build a business within the field of spiritual coaching and counseling.

Develop your own spiritual life and health. Read personal and spiritual development works and books by authors such as Steve Pavlina, Richard Foster and Larry Crabb. Network with others who are spiritually-developed at your church, worship center or spiritual group.

Enroll in courses at a local community college that teach you about world religions. Gain an understanding of religions such as Christianity, Hinduism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism. Learning about these belief systems opens your mind to new ways of thinking and allows you to develop a deeper understanding of others' spiritual lives.

Register in a formal training program that teaches you spiritual coaching techniques and that can lead to certification. Topics in these programs include how to use prayer, positive affirmations and spiritual assessments in your coaching business. Examples of programs endorsed by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals (AIHCP)--a professional organization that certifies spiritual coaches and counselors--includes those at Canyon College, Breyer State University and the spiritual counseling education program sponsored by the AIHCP itself.

Apply for certification as a spiritual coach. Complete other requirements the AIHCP sets forth for spiritual counselors and coaches, such as signing agreements to adhere to the organization's code of ethics and meet continuing education requirements. Submit all documentation, transcripts and application materials. Pay any certification fees. Wait for your official certificate document to arrive.

Continue your development as a spiritual coach. Participate in seminars and religious retreats performed by your church or local religious organizations. Spend time reading religious materials, such as holy books, non-fiction biographies of religious figures and other self-help works.