Have you heard about the pastor that never any mistakes? It’s because he never made any decisions! Hopefully my humor will get better as my week progresses, but my attempt to create my own joke this morning reveals the number one reason a church needs to hire a consultant.
Making decisions sounds easy, but many pastors and churches get paralyzed in the process of decision making:
- What decisions do I need to make?
- When should I make those decisions?
- How do I know I’m making the right decision?
- What happens if I make the wrong decision?
- Who should help me in making this decision?
Without consultation and wise advice, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they are established and succeed. – Proverbs 15:22
A decision in the context of this blog post is defined as the ability to make prompt and firm choices quickly and confidently. This definition should be the standard measurement of successful decision making for a church. I hardly ever meet with a pastor or church leader that doesn’t know a decision needs to be made, yet their decision making process is bogged down by bureaucracy, board meetings and bad information. All these things and more cause many churches to miss opportunities, kill momentum, and flat out deflate and discourage pastors, team members and people from bring anything new decisions to the table.
Hiring an outside consultant can be a really good decision when finding your church in this situation. Here are five reasons you should move forward.
1. A church consultant helps identify what decisions need to be made. I’ve been hired for one reason, but after the initial consultation with the leader, discovered there were other things that needed attention first. Church consultants cans see things coming in from an outsider’s perspective that insiders often overlook.
2. A church consultant brings the importance and tension of timing. As mentioned earlier, decisions need to be prompt and quick. A church consultant many times will suggest a timeline for decisions, but to jolt your church out of a rut he or she will also set deadlines for those decisions.
3. A church consultant brings a wealth of experience and wisdom. A church consultant brings confidence that you’re making the right decision through the wisdom gained through their own personal experience.
4. A church consultant alleviates the pressure of you making the decision by yourself. Quite simply if you’re the only one making the decision, you’re the only one to blame. Like the scripture says, “with many counselors” your plans succeed. A church consultant can help transfer the weight of decision making responsibility so it’s not just resting on one person.
5. A church consultant assists in getting the right people around the decision making table. Having the right people involved in the decision making process usually leads to right decisions. A church consultant can help you build a team of quality decision makers.
Hiring a church consultant is one of the best decisions I’ve seen churches make. If you’re church is in need of an initial consultation or you know of a church that could possibly use some help solving a problem, I would be happy assist in anyway I can. Please contact me by clicking on the contact tab.