Facilitating Mission through Prayerful Attention to God's Presence and Action
Congregations face many challenges today. The current pace of change in
culture and community affects the church as deeply as individuals and
businesses. There are times that become crossroads where crucial
rethinking needs to occur. Consultation affords the church the opportunity
to assess their situation and discern their call into God's future.
A timely consultation allows a
church to have the presence of a third party who is neutral to the vital
interests of any particular agenda. A consultant can enable a congregation to
establish agreed upon structures and processes where the church addresses
challenges in a healthy manner, often experiencing spiritual renewal and
healed relationships. In most cases the approach involves congregation-wide
processes, and the success depends upon the participation of the congregation.
Worshipful Work - Spirituality
Easum & Bandy Associates -
Seminars, Consultations, Workshops
Alban Institute - Cutting edge
research, bookstore, consultations.
Resource Guide Provided by Alban Institute, rich in resources with
categories in Administration, Building Issues, Congregational Vitality,
Leadership, Public Ministry, Religion in America, Specialized Ministry,
Spirituality, Worship and do not overlook Miscellaneous.
Indicators for Consultation
There are several circumstances when a church may want to make use of a
- Significant change in the community
- Need for envisioning future directions
- Plateaued or declining dynamics
- Major decision points
- Long-range and short-range strategic planning
- Spiritual renewal
Some services offered by Consultation Ministries include:
Building Effective Teams
Congregational renewal retreats
Congregational/staff leadership retreats
Spirituality and church governance
Transition to missional orientation
Spiritual discernment process for decision-making at major junctures in
the life of the church
Asset mapping for moving from ideas to concrete action
We are at a point where major cultural change has occurred, and
65-70% of American congregations are in decline. A great many of these
churches are in intense anxiety about their survival. A deadly cycle often
ensues where the pastor is held responsible for the growth of the church and
made the scapegoat through forced termination when the growth does not occur. Once a forced termination
takes place, it takes a church two to five years to recover and often they
never do. Unfortunately, too many churches have track records of forced
terminations and splits, leaving a wake of broken people and damaged
credibility. All too often, help is not sought until situations are
intractable. In such cases everyone loses.
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