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Life Coach Certification Program

About Bethesda Coaches Association



Bethesda Coaches Association (BCA) provides training for coaches, pastors, and lay people to assist those seeking Christian recovery for some of life's toughest issues.  The BCA coaching program is designed to help you develop the core skills needed for life coaching individuals and groups. It combines spiritual healing tools with practical day-to-day recovery principles. Our goal is to provide you with the education needed to reach your goals. We believe this will deepen your personal growth, expand your capacity as a coach, and provide you with new resources and fresh perspectives in your sphere of developing people.   



As professionally trained and experienced life coaches, ministers, teachers, and/or certified addiction counselors our training team has the tools to help you to create the life you imagine and gain a renewed sense of self.  We can help you change your perception of life so that it is filled with vitality and enthusiasm.  Whether you are a life coach seeking further education or new to coaching, we are here to help you find your niche and develop your brand.




Committing to a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle is just that, a commitment. It is a big one that takes a lot of dedication.  We believe it is worth it and will encourage you to know the desires of your heart, set goals accordingly, and reach your full potential.  We will provide you with new perspectives and techniques, as well as accountability, empathy, and support for lasting growth.  With extensive experience in life coaching, recovery, addiction, leadership and spiritual healing this program is set apart to deal with the whole person; spirit, soul and body.


What Makes Bethesda Coaches Association Stand Apart?


The Idea

Founded in 2015 by Rev. Cathy Sweat and Rev. Sharleen Turley, this coaching program integrates the spiritual healing aspect along with practical day-to-day recovery principles.  The trainers of Bethesda Coaches Association have over fifty years of combined  work in restoring people to newness of life.  Our team recognizes and understands that simply giving clients a to-do list is not the only thing needed for a different tomorrow.  Many have tried that approach and failed to make real and lasting change.  Real transformation is needed.   Bethesda Coaches Association approaches this training as a growth model of the whole person: spirit, soul and body.

Coaching and counseling are different in their approach.  Coaching looks to the future, counseling looks at the past.  We have counselors, pastors and life coaches on our training team.  We understand that sometimes the past can inhibit  growth in individuals. With our extensive training courses for coaches, we equip coaches with essential truth tools so the past will remain in the past.  BCA was formed as a result of the need for Christian support in recovery for men and women suffering from depression, anxiety, divorce, grief, addiction and other issues to go forward in their lives.  Applying the principles learned from Bethesda Coaches Association allows coaches to  produce true growth in individuals, thereby living a life of fulfillment. 


The Reality

Through many years of developing and equipping people for a life well lived, Cathy and Sharleen recognized that many had failed in their coaching experience. This was because the coach was not educated in recovering what was lost in the individual. Without recovering the lost or stolen pieces of the puzzle, the puzzle (or person) was not whole.  That's where life coach training is essential.


After reflecting on this, they created a life-giving solution. Since 2015 they have been implementing training courses and writing and collecting materials for this certification course.  With a team of professionals experienced in the life skills needed for individuals to live a fulfilling life,  BCA will provide life coach certification training. The forty-eight hour certificate course will provide training for coaches, pastors, and lay people to assist those seeking Christian recovery for some of life’s toughest issues.  If this speaks to you and you wonder how to become a life coach, please  contact us.

What we offer:

Join the organization:


  •  You will receive excellent                   materials and resources to grow your business or ministry
  • We offer a quarterly newsletter and blog with ideas and resources for coaches
  • You can schedule a coaching appointment once a quarter with one of our master coaches
  • After the required forty-eight hour certification and /or master's accreditation, you will receive a Bethesda Coaches Association certificate information packet  to help you build your individual business

For Your Information:


  •  Life coaches are not required to be certified to coach in the state of Georgia. However to be hired as a billable agent of an agency coaches are required to have a state or national certification
  • Bethesda life coaches are certified life coaches. Certified  is by the board of Christian Life Coaches and the American Association of Christian Counselors
  • We offer classes at the main Waycross GA location, and  in Kennesaw  GA with specific topics to increase your natural gift or learned abilities
  • Bethesda Coaches Association is an umbrella for you to work under for accountability and reliability

Are You ready?


Coaching is based on life experience. You will be able to relate to and offer help  to others based on your experiences.  For example a person who has been through divorce and other family traumas would be best suited for coaching families.  A coach who is in recovery from any type of addiction  would relate well to those seeking recovery from substance abuse, addictions of any sort, co-dependency, and self-esteem issues. 

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