What You Need to Know About Consultations ...
By: Bill Tenny-Brittian
Want to know something almost no church consultant will tell you? A whopping 80% of all church consultations have no lasting affect on the church. That's true whether a church calls a big "name" consultant, a "Church Health" consultant, a sticky church consultant, or any other style or brand of consultant.
The reason consultations fail isn't because the recommendations are bad ... it's because the congregation is unwilling to make the changes necessary for long-term transformation.
Why They Fail:
- Because some may not like or agree with the advice
- Because some prefer things the way they are
- Because change will make some uncomfortable
- Because the church leaders are afraid of ruffling feathers
- Because risk is a four letter word
- Because the church consultant wasn't from "our" denomination
- Because the church consultant was from "our" denomination
- Because the church consultant isn't from "around here"
Why Some Succeed
- They understand their current reality
- They understand the need for change
- They understand the cost of change - and the cost of not changing
- They are willing to pay the cost of change
- They have built a trust-relationship with their consultant
So, will a consultation really help?
That all depends on the congregation's leadership. A consultation isn't a quick fix and if the leadership is looking for a magic pill that will make everything alright, they'll quickly find they're the victim of the 80 percent statistic. We'll look at what you can (and should) expect from a consultation in an upcoming post.