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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A CONSULTANT?  A COACH?  I'VE NEVER DONE THAT BEFORE.

Most people haven't.  Let's change that. 

 

Imagine hiring a temporary, part-time employee with extremely high-level, executive-level skills.  Imagine not having to pay that person a full-time salary.  You get what you need from them, you take ownership, and you move forward.  

Wouldn't that be worth every penny?  Especially if it didn't break the bank?  

I'M INTERESTED.  WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU?

I provide collaborative leadership, coaching, training, and church-business expertise.  I facilitate, using a variety of tools.  I share these with you - they are not proprietary*.  I hold your hand as long as required during coaching, consulting, and in our community.  I steer you away from danger zones.

 

You will receive the best tools, techniques, and expertise available from the last 100 years of best business practices.  If you prefer a particular tool or technique, I will provide that for you.  My toolbox is large and diverse, and all of it is available to you.

 

*Note: Many consultants, organizations helping churches, and others have an entire Dog and Pony Show with proprietary tools and techniques.  Much of this is branding and marketing.  Do not be fooled.  

 

Truly effective tools and techniques that work among groups of people have been well researched over the last 100 years.  You can learn these from any library, and someone with Masters degrees in social science and business (like myself) is well-versed at a deep level.

OKAY.  BUT WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO?

I don't do the work for you.  You must do the hard work.  There's no sitting back and "hiring" someone who will "fix" our problems. 

Sometimes in a period of rapid change, we resist.  We sabotage.  We raise up a leader only to knock them down so we can blame them for our own fear.  

Those are hard words.  I wish I weren't writing them from years of watching this very thing happen.  But these are also normal, forgivable human responses to fear and change.  

The trick is to catch ourselves and forgive each other.  We are only human - this is true - but we are also Christians who forgive. The second trick is to realize our resistance, forgive it, turn toward the change we seek, and commit.  And when we fail, we re-commit.  Simple, but not easy. 

WHAT IF WE DON'T LIKE WHAT YOU ADVISE?

You get to decide what is best for you. 

 

There may be times that decisions and desires are truly impractical, and I will tell you when we've gone too far into impracticality.  Yes, all things are possible for those who believe, but I am most concerned with being practical and realistic.  

In addition, a good indication that you're ready to run under your own steam is that you begin having your own ideas and feel the urge to argue with me.  THIS IS A GOOD SIGN ..and I welcome it.  That's why I provide coaching.  

WHAT'S THE GOAL, HERE?

The goal is to reorganize anything and everything we can to keep you "being church..."  while maintaining your denominational identity.

The goal is to make sure you can stand on your own two feet, and live within your means.  

The goal is to build up your strength, and unleash your God-given grace so you may shine the light of Christ for others.

WHAT CAN GO WRONG?

If you Grow+Small, a lot can go "wrong."  

  • Your denomination may have restrictions that you may have to object to.  (I can negotiate and mediate, but there are no guarantees.)  

  • You may lose your church status for taxation purposes.  

  • You may have to take up a lot of work you didn't think you'd have to.  (Or realize you just don't need it.)

  • You may realize you don't get along with the very few people you have remaining in your church community, even though you want to remain together.  (I have training for this!)

  • You may not have enough people to sustain even a tiny Grow+Small church.  (A dozen people is good.  Ten is okay.  Six might work.  Less than that is probably not going to work... but if you really want, I will help you find a way.) 

  • You may spend a lot of time without clergy and need to take up the slack.

I'M SCARED.  I DON'T THINK THIS IS GOING TO WORK.

Don't worry.  Honest.  Just look at how many times scripture tells us not to fear.  Think about the worst that can happen.  Go ahead.  I'll wait.  No, you can do better.  I'm still waiting.  

 

Done?  Okay.  All those fearful imaginings?  They may be accurate.  But you have an option.  Several, in fact.  That's why I'm here.  

 

Are you ready to begin a free conversation?  Are you ready to see if there's anything more you can do?  For free?  Are you ready for hope?

 

Let's talk.

ARE YOU ORDAINED?

No, I am not ordained.  I sensed a call to ordained ministry as a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1992, and have discerned this call to this day.  This call was recognized and affirmed by a few congregations, but was frustrated as I walked further along the path.  Those who have observed this have been baffled by the roadblocks while continuing to confirm the call to ministry.  

 

I have made peace with what I see as a call to lead, teach, and preserve the Body of Christ among mainline Protestant churches in North America and elsewhere.  

ARE YOU WORKING AT CROSS-PURPOSES WITH OUR DENOMINATIONAL LEADERS?

Absolutely not.  I support and affirm your denomination and its leadership.  There is much they can and should do for you, and frankly, they're more affordable than I am.  However, your denominational structure and leadership are also undergoing rapid change.  They have more on their plate every day while working their socks off to lead and support all of the churches under their wings.  Your denominational leaders are moving a very big ship in a season of rapid change.  They need and appreciate out-of-the-box solutions quickly deployed to save their smallest churches.  So, fear not.  I am here to support, not supplant, your denominational structure and leadership.

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