John Maxwell once shared with me the importance of finding something you are so passionate about doing that you would do it for free. The end result is that you will eventually get compensated for it. I have found this to be true in my personal life. Since my early 20’s God has provided unique opportunities for me to evaluate ministries and churches. In the beginning I did this for fun and never expected or requested pay for it. It was fun 20 years ago and still is. The difference today is that I do accept pay for it. The Lord has given me a gift to evaluate a church or ministry and determine why it is not growing or effective along with steps to implement for growth. Over 40 pastors that I have worked with have told me I am discerning, strategic, a maximizer and a developer. Knowing the strengths that God gives you will help you to find your passion.
With some evaluations I just give a verbal report. Some churches request a written report which I normally do in 3-4 pages. Prior to signing a consult contract I will offer a free 20 minute phone call. Before ending the call I usually share the two reasons Bill Hybels gives for why a church is not growing. What are you controlling? What are you afraid of? If a church can answer this they probably don’t need to pay money for a consultant. Working through these questions does cut down on the amount of consulting I do but I see it as a win-win. With two children at home and helping to plant a new church on Staten Island I am forced to say no to more requests than I can accept at this time. After all these years I still feel excited when I can help a church or ministry.
Is your church or ministry growing? If not why not take the time to answer these great questions by Bill Hybals. What are you controlling? What are you afraid of?