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312 | Relational Spirituality in Coaching: Building a Secure Base to Help Your Clients Flourish

Friday 9/15 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Spiritual Formation, Interventions, and Discipleship, Workshop Tracks


Todd Hall, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Social disconnection is on the rise. As a result, many Christians, including leaders, feel disconnected, leading to unhealthy relational patterns, spiritual struggles, and ineffective ministry. How, then, do ministry leaders and coaches help clients cultivate authentic relational connections with God and others? This presentation will apply the relational spirituality model (Hall, 2021), including an attachment lens, to coaching and mentoring roles. The presenter will explore the importance of creating a secure base with clients and strategies for doing this using a tool called the comfort-challenge matrix. In this workshop, participants will see the core needs of each insecure attachment pattern and how they show up in clients’ narratives, stances toward themselves, and ways of relating to the issues they bring to coaching conversations. The presenter will highlight several coaching strategies for each attachment pattern and emphasize the importance of coaches and mentors developing their own internal secure base. Finally, the presenter will explain how to use the Spiritual Transformation Inventory to facilitate the development of a secure internal base in a coaching context.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the four quadrants of the comfort-challenge matrix
2. Identify the components of comfort and challenge
3. Summarize one core coaching strategy for each insecure attachment pattern
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