Life Updates and Coaching Future Plans

If my clients are getting half as much out of coaching as I am, all is good. Every so often we get to answer a call that fits like a glove. That’s what coaching feels like for me. It’s that glove that allows me to follow the Spirit’s lead while using my ministry, coaching, and spiritual formation training. I love meeting with my clients. Each person is uniquely wonderful. I continue to learn and grow through everyone.

It feels strange to be free from assignments and school, as it has been such a daily part of my life over the past five years. I have recently completed my dissertation, and it looks like I will defend it in October if all goes as planned. The title is “Re-examining Our Lens: The Relationship Between the Restoration Movement’s Pattern Hermeneutic and Spiritual Formation, With a Focus on the International Churches of Christ.” I have learned so much from my research and the entire experience. John Mark Hicks, my second reader, has been such a blessing to me. I miss interacting with my cohort and have been enriched by them all. My spiritual direction certification program begins in January, also through NTS (Nazarene Theological Seminary). I feel honored to learn more from Dr. Hardy, who is such an outstanding professor in this field.

On the Riverfront Christian Coaching front, I added a new section to the website entitled “Articles.” Feel free to peruse that section. While “The River Speaks” section is more practical, heartfelt blogging, “Articles” are academic in nature. I have posted articles on: Loving and Serving a Non-Gendered God; Hagar: Orientation, Disorientation, and Reorientation; John Wesley: An Optimist of Grace; The D History and the Monarchy: When Israel Does Not See the Heavenly King; Historical Figures – Madame Guyon and Mother Teresa; Old Testament Spiritual Formation Reflection; Reflections on Dallas Willard’s Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God; The Ecology of Faith Formation; Theology of Discipleship: Follow Me- A Personal, Communal, Intentional, and Evangelistic Call; Water Baptism; and Biblical Theology of Community.

I also just added a new podcast recorded with Common Grounds Unity, an initiative and podcast I greatly appreciate. My  latest podcast is about my book, “The View from Paul’s Window: Paul’s Teachings on Women.”  Catch it on my website or at  .

Throughout the autumn (my favorite season), I hope to add a few group coaching sessions. I plan to limit each session to five people, meeting for five weeks at a time. If you are interested in a group coaching session (they are $100 for five sessions, except for the caregiving session, which is no cost), I hope to begin in late September.

I also plan to offer a group coaching session on our view of God, our identity, core values, confidence, and gifts. I hope to offer this in the daytime, Monday afternoon at 2 pm EST, to allow for European and African participants who have requested this time. If there is enough interest, I can add an evening session in October.

Another session will be on navigating life transitions. I hope to do this on a Tuesday evening and/or a Monday afternoon EST

Then, I hope to have a caregiving session on Saturday mornings around 11 a.m. EST

If these begin, I may need to limit my one-on-one coaching, so please contact me if you are interested in either group or individual coaching. I look forward to hearing from you. I love hearing feedback from readers. You can respond on the website or at

I pray your day is filled with the expectation of God’s grace.

How silently,

How silently

The wondrous gift is given.

I would be silent now, Lord, and expectant…

That I may receive

The gift I need,

So I may become

The gifts others need.  (Guerillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle, Ted Loder)

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About Jeanie Shaw

After retiring from forty-five years in full-time ministry, Jeanie Shaw went back to school to earn her master’s and doctorate in spiritual formation and discipleship. She also serves as a certified Christian life coach who loves helping people discover the joy, peace, and purpose that come from finding and following God’s plan for their lives. She has taught classes and workshops all over the world and has written numerous books. She has four grown children, eight grandchildren, and a golden retriever who thinks he is human. When she is not reading, writing, coaching, teaching, or enjoying her family she might be found walking along rivers, learning new lessons about life.

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