Coach Galen

the coaching practice of Galen Hiestand

“It is not a purpose ‘Driven’ life.  It is a purpose ‘Given’ Life.  It is living the life God intended uniquely for you.”  Coach Galen

  • How is God building His Church?

    Since 1993, I have seriously observed, pondered, explored, and sought an answer to this question: What I have learned so far: The importance of the individual is never diminished in the collective body of Christ. Inclusion in the Church is guaranteed through personal connection with Jesus Christ. Physical spaces are sacred places wherever His Church gathers. Religious conformity to a church is a questionable sign of righteousness. Godly character is the first requirement for church leadership. True equality is grounded in the creative activity of the Triune God. Individual value/worth is divinely assured through individual uniqueness. God ordains to each person a “gift of blessing” to be both enjoyed and shared. Being “fully alive” in Christ in this life is serious preparation for the life...

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  • Numbering Our Days Aright

    “Dear God, just because we can, it doesn’t mean we have the wisdom to know what we should (be or do). The choices being made by the individual human beings today are fraught with misguided motives, based on distorted information, heading toward questionable ends. In other words, as a human race, we are pretty messed up. And political correctness isn’t helping the situation. Seems like we’ve lost the wisdom of the ages and are foolishly writing our own rules for life, faith, and justice. O.K. I am a little pessimistic that we’ll reconcile the mess we are in as a nation, being nearly equally divided between social justice and individual responsibility. What does ‘numbering my days aright’ (Moses, Psalm 90:12) look like? How do I...

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  • A Perspective on Spiritual Companionship

    The following is a beautiful and insightful perspective by a Spiritual Director. “To be a spiritual friend one must have detachment, discretion, and discernment, with all that prepares for those gifts. Spiritual companionship is a gentle art, demanding a willingness to listen as if one had a third ear attuned to the inner self. It is neither psychotherapy nor is it the sacrament of reconciliation. Sometimes one needs to confront, but far more often the best intervention of the spiritual guide is in parabolic language, nudging the friend into a new way of seeing. The journey belongs to the other and that person’s uniqueness must always be honored. “The friend of the soul is an instrumental image. Such a person is not to be a...

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