Giftedness Coaches at DTS
Giftedness Coaches help DTS students identify their unique, God-given calling and then start pursuing it. Calling is often perceived as a complex, mystical concept. But there’s really no mystery to it at all: God has designed every student from the womb for specific “good works” that He has already prepared for them and intends for them to do. Giftedness Coaches help students discover their design—their giftedness—and then start moving toward life and career options that make sense, given that design.
Why Do Students Need A Coach?
(1) Because they don’t know how they are designed.
Every student is unique, but no student on their own can know what their particular uniqueness is. That’s because they live inside their skin. They can easily see the uniqueness of others, but when they act in their own unique way, they don’t think about it. They just do it. Indeed, they wouldn’t think of doing life any other way. For that reason, they need another person to come alongside and hold up a mirror that shows them how they uniquely function (what we call their giftedness). They also need someone to celebrate the value of that giftedness.
(2) Because they don’t know how to get from an assessment of their giftedness to meaningful career options.
Many students have been through various forms of assessment—e.g., Myers-Briggs, DISC, StrengthsFinder, etc. Tools like that provide information, which can be helpful. But information by itself doesn’t answer the question, So what? For that, people need another person to come alongside and help them reflect on the implications of the information they’ve been given. In this case: What does the information about my giftedness suggest for my career?
(3) Because most people don’t make progress apart from being involved with a person in a process over time.
Only a tiny fraction of human beings are truly independent actors who can manage their own growth and development. Most everyone else needs another person to come alongside and help them focus their efforts over time on some specific objective. When it comes to discerning one’s calling and getting started in the pursuit of it, there are a number of steps to be taken. Those steps can prove somewhat challenging, and most students will not be able to take them on their own.
(4) Because a coach provides encouragement and accountability.
The hardest job in the world is finding a job. And the first step in finding that job is figuring out what sort of work one is called to do. Not surprisingly, most people experience a lot of stress around the whole issue of career and calling: uncertainty, lack of confidence, confusion, anxiety, fear, doubt, disappointment, impatience, depression—on and on. Such emotions are unavoidable, but students will more likely stay the course and see a positive outcome if they have another person to come alongside and provide encouragement, support, perspective, feedback, useful information, accountability, and most importantly, prayer.
The Giftedness Coaching Process
Giftedness Coaching involves two basic processes—assessment and application.
Assessment: As alluded to above, the first and most important question a student needs to answer is: How has God designed me? The answer is found in their giftedness. Giftedness is the unique way in which a person functions. It is a set of God-given core strengths and natural motivation that the person instinctively and consistently uses to do things that they find satisfying and productive. Giftedness is not just about what a person can do, but what they are born to do, enjoy doing, and do well.
In this program, the approach used to assess students’ giftedness involves a workshop in which students will tell certain stories from their lives and then analyze those stories to find a pattern of behavior. The Giftedness Coaches will help facilitate that workshop.
Application: Following the workshop, the Giftedness Coaches will begin meeting weekly with students, one-on-one, to further refine their understanding of their giftedness, formulate the beginnings of a vision for their lives, develop a plan for pursuing that vision, and then start working the plan. Each Giftedness Coach will work with up to three students, which translates to about 5-10 hours per month of coaching.
Training to Be a Giftedness Coach
- Attend Training Workshop(s):
- Facilitating the Assessment Workshop
- Helping Students Understand Their Giftedness
- Creating a Vision for One’s Life and Developing a Plan
- The Art of Coaching
- Attend Giftedness Assessment Workshop
- Perform Individual Follow-Up Sessions
The primary resource used in this program is The Person Called YOU: Why You’re Here, Why You Matter &What You Should Do With Your Life, by Bill Hendricks. For additional questions or information, contact: Amanda Stidham at 214-887-5250 or email.